GPS Vs. The Knowledge

Director and Producer David Shapiro
GPS Vs. The Knowledge


GPS Vs. The Knowledge integrates three stories – a synagogue in Arizona facing demolition, an artist in New Orleans preserving lost history, and a taxi driver in Mexico called a human map – to examine the fault lines of filmmaking, representations of the Holocaust, and how technology distorts and preserves human memory.

Phase of Support: Development

David Shapiro

David Shapiro - Director, Producer

David directed, wrote, produced Untitled Pizza Movie (2021), a seven-part documentary. Sundance 2020. Metrograph (2021). Missing People (Altavod, 2020), Best Documentary Hamptons International Film Festival (2015), Special Jury award at DOCNYC (2015). MP screened in numerous domestic and international festivals including Mumbai and Doc10. Finishing Heaven (HBO, 2009). David received an Emmy Award nomination (2010). Keep the River on Your Right (IFC, 2001). Independent Spirit Award (2001); Jury Award IDFA (2000): Best Documentary Hamptons (2000); Critics Award Los Angeles Film Festival (2000). Academy Award shortlist. Played theatrically in forty American cities. David’s visual art has been exhibited extensively in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum. His work is included in many prominent collections. His work has been profiled on NPR, in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Art Forum, the Wall Street Journal, El Pais, among numerous other publications.

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