AKA The Admiral is a founding FAVA member and leader of the big ship.
The Big Idea, Post-Production, Writing, Story Editing
Dave Cunningham is an Alberta communication specialist with over 40 years of experience in the industry. During this time he has been involved in almost every aspect of film, video, computer and Internet based media. His works on Canadian history, Native Peoples, the environmental and educational themes have gained him recognition both nationally and internationally.
Currently, David is the Executive Director of the Film and Video Arts Society – Alberta, an agency he helped found over 34 years ago. In those early days he held the Video Production chair for 13 years. Today his is the Executive Director a position he has held since 2011. Under his leadership FAVA has embarked on a series of exciting new projects:
FAVA FEST, a weeklong festival celebration of FAVA members and their work, which culminates in the FAVA Gala and Awards night.
FAVA-TV, (Edmonton’s online Arts Television station), which will feature hundreds of downloadable programs created by FAVA members and extensive community programs produced by FAVA and it’s various Edmonton community arts partners.
During his tenure Mr. Cunningham has also:
helped create the new FAVA Staff Pension Plan,
embarked upon a $1.9 million renovation plan for the Ortona Armoury,
increased FAVA’s cash awards and equipment grants to over $500,000.00 annually
and increased FAVA’s annual budget to over $900,000.00.
From 2003 to 2010 he was the program administrator and facilitator for the “Aboriginal Multi-Media Arts Program” a media training program, which offered study programs in video production, web design, graphic design & photography as well as Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Life Skills development. The AMMP program was developed by both Dave Cunningham and Rebecca Palmer, and was delivered in partnership with The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Heritage Canada.
In the 90’s Dave was responsible for writing, editing and story editing over 15 hrs. of broadcast programming for the Discover Channel, The Learning Channel, CBC, Vision, the National Film Board and others. In the late 1980’s Cunningham produced, directed and/or wrote a variety of over 56 educational and documentary programs for Alberta’s Access Network.
From 1980 to 1986 he was the partner and director of Prairie Wool Communications. In that capacity he was responsible for the direction of all staff and the operation of the company’s 4,000 sq. ft. production facility. As a result he has considerable experience at the senior producer level in all phases of production from program development, through to post-production and marketing.
He is also a founding member of NHTV, the highly successful youth film-training program, created by the National Screen Institute in 1986.
David’s writing skills cover a range of styles including proposal and feasibility studies, research projects and program development, as well as the authoring of non-fiction books. His short books on prairie childhood “Making Do” and “The Two Holer Text Book” have been used as part of the University of Alberta English literature curriculum. This year he and his daughter Tahnis published “The Metis Music Project” a 48-page music booklet and 28-track CD, full of Metis fiddle tunes, history and anecdotes.
At present he is preparing to publish “The Nearly Traditional Tipi” a “How –To history Book” about traditional Plains Indian tipi making and working on a Metis Musical, which will explore the personnel histories of the Cunninghams in Western Canada. David makes his home in Edmonton Alberta and in addition to his work with the Film and Video Arts Society, continues to freelances in the Alberta community as a writer, facilitator, producer, director, and editor.