David Karlak is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2010. Karlak directed the short film The Candidate that went on to make the prestigious Viewfinder List in 2011 and played at film festivals around the world. Following the success of The Candidate, Karlak sold an original sci-fi pitch to Warner Brothers titled “RISE” with Roy Lee producing, and then a second original pitch titled Outliers to 20th Century Fox with Peter Chernin producing. Karlak is attached to direct both films. Karlak has been exploring the use of virtual reality to tell compelling narratives, having directed a virtual reality experience set in the world of “RISE” which premiered it at the Storyscapes series at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and a custom VR experience for BMW’s design team in Munich. In May 2017, Karlak directed a fully immersive VR experience for Alien: Covenant called “In Utero”, with Ridley Scott overseeing as executive producer in partnership with 20th Century Fox. Mixing his love for storytelling with technology, Karlak worked to help develop new virtual reality production tools and software as the Creative Director at Nurulize, a virtual reality software company based in downtown Los Angeles. Nurulize was sold to Sony Pictures in June 2019. Karlak is currently directing “The MVP Experience”, an extended reality project featuring NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, in which fans can put on a VR headset and be transported into the shoes of the star quarterback, with CityLights financing and distributing. Most recently, Karlak is attached to direct a sci-fi film titled “Azul” with Thunder Road films producing.