Grainger David grew up on Wadmalaw Island, SC, near Charleston, and in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in English, and had great writing mentors in college, including John McPhee, Joyce Carol Oates, and E.P. Jones. After college, Grainger David went on to work at Fortune magazine, where he wrote articles about a gold rush in Mongolia, wheat farming in Montana, the Olsen Twins, New Line Cinemas, and whether or not it is actually possible to do work after a three martini lunch. (It’s not.) His first Fortune cover story, about the speculators driving the real estate bubble, was nominated for a National Magazine Award. He’s currently finishing up his Directing MFA in the graduate film school at NYU, where he held the WTC Johnson Fellowship. Grainger David’s short films have won awards in France and played on TV in Switzerland. He has also worked as a gas station attendant, a dock hand, a firewood splitter, and can operate several different kinds of tractors.
Grainger David was awarded a Screenwriting grant at NYU in 2011 and a TFI Alfred P. Sloan Student Grand Jury Prize for a Science-Themed Screenplay in 2012 for Penny Stock