David Kiern, Natalie Kiern, Michael W. Smith and Casey Peddicord in the Judean Desert, Israel.
Editor David Kiern and producer Mitchell Galin on the set of "The Shunning."
David Kiern is a filmmaker who has been fascinated by great stories since he was a child. At age 17, his short, "Belleau Wood" won an award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. The following year, he was awarded $10,000 by Tommy Hilfiger for directing a patriotic short film about his grandfather's love for America.
In 2008, Kiern directed his first feature-length documentary, Journey to Everest, about a team of adventurers who set out on an expedition to the base camp of Mount Everest, and make international news when the plane they were meant to be on crashes in the Himalayas. The tragedy of the plane crash took the film's story in the new direction, allowing the characters to reflect on life and faith. Journey to Everest was nominated for Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, has aired on five cable networks, and has raised over $100K for worldwide ministries.
Honoring a Father's Dream: Sons of Lwala, a feature documentary produced and edited by Kiern, won Best Documentary at the Attic Film Festival, has aired on five cable networks, and opened the 2011 Panama City Christian Music Festival.
In 2011, Kiern served as the editor for the Sony/Hallmark film, The Shunning, directed by Michael Landon Jr. The film premiered to an audience of 2.5 million. Kiern then worked with longtime friend, Ryan Smith, editing Smith's feature film debut, After. The film was released in theaters and Netflix.
The Memphis 13, a documentary produced and edited by Kiern, tells the story of the first 13 black children integrated into white city schools in Memphis. The film premiered at the National Civil Rights Museum and aired on PBS in February, 2012.
Later in 2012, Kiern and producer Mitchell Galin traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, and began production on Living Hope. This feature documentary tells the story of three extraordinary people serving the poor and sharing God's love in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Cape Town. Living Hope won the Great Commission Award at the Attic Film Festival, and is distributed nationally by Word Films, a division of Warner Brothers.
In 2013, Kiern traveled to India to direct a short documentary for RHEMA International. The film tells the story of three Indian pastors serving their Savior in the slums, villages and mountains of India.
In 2015, Kiern and his wife, Natalie, traveled to the Holy Land to produce the documentary film, I Am Israel. The film is a showcase of the beauty of the land and the strength of the Jewish people. I Am Israel will be released in 2017, in coordination with the Jerusalem Jubilee.
Mike Yarbrough, Wayne Cole, Doug Perry, Mark Bortz and David Kiern at Everest Base Camp.
David Kiern and Joey Lankford in Cape Town, South Africa.
David and Natalie Kiern at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Israel.