David Brisbin is best known as a feature film production designer, having designed movies for such directors as Jane Campion, Scott Derrickson, and Gus Van Sant. He initially studied architecture (BFA-Arch./Rice University) and served an internship under the American architects and Planners Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown. Brisbin studied filmmaking (MFA/California Institute of the Arts) under the late British director, Alexander Mackendrick. He subsequently received the Henry Luce Scholars Grant under which he worked in Manila as a television reporter covering the fall of Marcos and the rise of Corazon Aquino. His first short documentaries were made for GMA News in the Philippines. “Nice Hat!” is his first feature length documentary.
Brisbin’s first extensive encounter with Cambodians was as a reporter covering Cambodian refugees inside the Thai border in 1987 when Cambodia was still a closed country. Since the opening of the borders in the early 90’s there has been a renaissance within Cambodia of scholarship on their history and culture. It is this renaissance that Brisbin has tracked and researched over multiple trips to Cambodia, and it is the members of the new wave of Khmer cultural awareness whom Brisbin was privileged to interview -- and who are among the key subjects of Nice Hat!
David Brisbin's credits on IMDB • See David Brisbin’s most recent production design for the Hollywood movie, “The Day The Earth Stood Still” starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, premiering December 12, 2008.