David Helfer Wells is a film-maker and photographer whose work straddles line between fine-art and documentary. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Bangalore, India.
David Helfer Wells is a film-maker and photographer who divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Bangalore, India. One day you can find him creating still and moving images for clients, such as Edible Rhody and the Providence Preservation Society on the unique local culture of America’s smallest state. Other days he may be working on personal/grant funded projects on the beautiful Narragansett Bay with the support of Rhode Island’s Council for Humanities and State Council on the Arts.  In India’s "Silicon City” Bangalore, he is busy creating visual narratives for clients such as Bryn Mawr College and Aramco World or working on personal/grant funded projects supported by the Fulbright and Alicia Patterson Foundations. His films have been shown in festivals worldwide, including Ankara, Bangalore, Jaipur, Lahore, Lisbon, Mumbai, New Haven, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Rome, Sacramento and San Francisco.
He has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, and Time, among others. One editor described him as a “…specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.” His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund.
Official Selection
Trap Fishing
New Haven Docs
New Haven
2018
Best New England Documentary Short
Trap Fishing
Southeast New England Film Festival
Providence
2018
Official Selection
Trap Fishing
Voices from the Waters Film Festival
Bangalore
2017
College
Pitzer College, Claremont, California
Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts with an emphasis on the history of photography
19761979
Birth Date
December 23, 1956
Current City
Providence, RI
David Helfer Wells is a film-maker and photographer whose work straddles line between fine-art and documentary. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island and Bangalore, India.