David France is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and author – is the director/producer of the documentary film How to Survive a Plague, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. The film, about the role of AIDS activists in the development of effective anti-HIV medications, won top honors at numerous film festivals and earned him a Gotham Award for outstanding achievement in a documentary and a GLAAD Media Award, as well as nominations and awards from the Independent Spirits, the Director’s Guild, and others. The New York Film Critics Circle honored him with their Best First Film award, as did the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Provincetown Film Festival, and the International Documentary Association.
As a reporter, he has worked at Newsweek, the New York Times, and New York magazine, where he is contributing editor. And he has written three books, including "Our Fathers," an acclaimed investigation of the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis, and “The Confession,” a New York Times best seller, with James E. McGreevey. Several dramatic films have been inspired by his work beginning with "Thanks of a Grateful Nation," a controversial Showtime miniseries about the first Gulf War, and the Peabody Award winner "Soldier's Girl," about a private's murder.
"Our Fathers," a Showtime adaptation of his book, was nominated for Emmys and a Writers Guild of America award. He is currently at work adapting How to Survive a Plague as a mini-series for ABC, and is completing a book on the history of AIDS. France, a graduate of Kalamazoo College, now lives in New York City and New Kingston, New York. He is married to the producer Jonathan Starch.