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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

David Liban

Theatre, Film, and Video Production Department

​David Liban has worked in the television and film business since 1987.  He has produced and directed numerous independent productions that vary in style from fiction to documentary to television studio production. He is an Assistant Professor of Film & Video Production at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts & Media since 2004. 

Liban’s films and videos have received numerous awards from both national and international film festivals. His film, "Mortal Lessons" is a feature length documentary about death, dying, and living life. It is distributed by Icarus Films. "Mortal Lessons" aired on The Documentary Channel. The film was nominated for an Emmy and Liban was awarded an Emmy in the Best Director category in 2010.

His latest​ film, "Roll On" profiles real people sharing their experiences as members of the disabled community and the parents and doctors who help them. It's an insightful look into people who are forced to live in wheelchairs due to a neural muscular disease.

His previous film, "Carhenge: Genius or Junk?" was aired nationally on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Another film, "Smithee's Lecture" screened at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 2002, Liban received a Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Award to Porto, Portugal where he taught television. ​


  • George Washington University - Center for Professional Development – Certificate in Interactive Multimedia – 2003​
  • ​Brooklyn College, Master of Fine Arts, - Television Production – 1994
  • State University of New York, College at Oneonta – Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Film minor 1985​​​​