Director of Film/Video
David Filipi has been with the Wexner Center's film/video department since 1994 and director since 2010. He has organized retrospectives of and visits by such filmmakers as Richard Linklater, Milos Forman, Peter Bogdanovich, Pedro Costa, Philip Kaufman, Claire Denis, Olivier Assayas, Ellen Kuras, D.A. Pennebaker, Arnaud Desplechin, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin, Natalia Almada, Frederick Wiseman, the Quay Brothers, and dozens of other established and emerging filmmakers. He has organized series around such themes as food and the environment, exploitation films, sex in Hollywood film, the British New Wave, narrative medicine, color filmmaking in the silent era, and rock music documentaries. His ongoing project Rare Baseball Films has been presented annually at the Wexner Center and at multiple national venues since 2004. In the summer of 2008 Filipi co-curated Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond—the first exhibition devoted to the famed comic book artist—which received national acclaim and coverage by such outlets as PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2013, he curated Fantastic! The Comic Art of Sandy Plunkett for Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, OH.
A member of the film studies committee at Ohio State, where he has taught animation history since 2004, Filipi is also a member of Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum advisory board. In addition, Filipi regularly serves on panels for regional and national arts organizations. Prior to joining the Wex, Filipi was with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He received his master’s degree in film studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.