DAVID KASPER – PRODUCER – DIRECTOR – WRITER – EDITOR – CINEMATOGRAPHER
We welcome the new ideas, contributions and resources of filmmaker, David Kasper, Executive Director of The Empowerment Project. David Kasper’s work speaks for itself. He is a committed humanitarian and advocate for the down-trodden across the globe. He brings to this project aside from his enormous credentials in the film and motion picture industry, a humility and willingness to be of service as we unfold the Hayti community development story and its relevance to sister cities and international communities. The Hayti story is really about people who cooperated beyond a colorline to develop a vision of Black progress, community development and wealth beyond the limitations of racism and slavery.
David will consult using the full scope of his expertise as a producer, director, and cinematographer; all of which have involved him in hundreds of film and video productions over the past 30 years. His work on documentaries on social and political issues has taken him to Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Among his awards is the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1993 for The Panama Deception, which he produced, wrote and edited. His other works include Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair, Destination Nicaragua, Gatewood: Facing the White Canvas, and Soldiers Speak Out.
Kasper’s work as an investigative journalist has also appeared in print and on radio. In the early 1970’s he was an advocate for public access to cable television in Los Angeles, and worked with KVST, a PBS-affiliated TV station. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s he did free-lance video shooting and post production work in the Los Angeles area. In 1979-80, he was a video editor for a weekly TV show in San Francisco.
In 1984 Kasper, together with Barbara Trent, founded the Empowerment Project, a non-profit media center and documentary production group. He worked in a variety of roles as the organization developed, and now oversees the operation of media center services, develops documentary projects, and works as a production consultant for organizations and individuals. He has an extensive working knowledge of graphics and media software and equipment. From 2005 to 2009, he served as President of The Peoples Channel, a community-run public access TV station in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Kasper grew up in the mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. He has a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, as well as training in electronics and television production. He moved to the Triangle area of North Carolina in 1993.