David Gelb’s feature documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, made a splash with audiences and critics alike on the festival circuit starting with the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Jiro went on to theatrical success and remains one of Netflix’s top titles.
Jiro’s immense success led to the creation of Chef’s Table, an original documentary series for Netflix, helmed by David. Each episode in the series, now in its fifth season, is a character study of one of the world’s great culinary talents. The show has earned international praise for its cinematic beauty and character-based stories. Its popularity and success has led to a four-episode mini-series featuring French chefs, Chef’s Table: France, and 2018’s release of Chef’s Table: Pastry, showcasing four pastry and dessert chefs. The series has garnered Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.
David also directed A Faster Horse, about the 50-year history of the Ford Mustang and the pressure to create the next legendary car. The film was another Tribeca Film Festival success.
Currently, in development, David’s newest feature Managing Mr. Horowitz is about an ambitious young talent manager who tries to revive the acclaimed career of eccentric 80-year-old virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
On the commercial side, David brings his cinematic style to advertising projects like those for Bank of America, Boar’s Head, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Google, Humira, Intel, Memorial Sloane Kettering, and Stouffer’s.