Metro Teleproductions Owner Dave Lilling Honored as April Filmmaker of the Month

Monday, April 2, 2012

The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is pleased to honor Dave Lilling, Emmy award-winning Producer/Director and owner of Metro Teleproductions, as its April 2012 Filmmaker of the Month.

Dave Lilling founded Metro Teleproductions, Inc., a company providing full service video production, webcasting and live event services, in 1989. As president of the company, he has overseen phenomenal growth and has helped to attract such clients as Showtime, Microsoft, HBO, MTV, the U.S. Department of Justice and the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. His company also has produced the National Book Festival for the Library of Congress for the last two years on the National Mall.

Dave began his broadcasting career after graduating the University of Maryland. He started as a radio network freelance news and sports reporter. He was responsible for breaking some big stories, including the story that forced Secretary of Interior James Watt's resignation, before making the full time move to television. He received a Sports Emmy in the mid-80’s for his work with CBS Sports.

With writer/music historian Bill Scanlan, writer Vinnie Perrone, consultant Dave Nuttycombe and editor Adam Bonsib; Dave is currently producing a 90-minute documentary on The Bayou, the now-defunct Georgetown music club that spanned the music spectrum from Dixieland Jazz with Wild Bill Whelan to Rock and Roll with U-2, Kiss, and Bruce Springsteen. This film, titled The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint, chronicles the hall’s 45-year history, documenting the unlikely rise and ultimate demise. More than 13 years in the making, the film culls nearly 100 hours of interviews of prominent performers, impresarios, employees and patrons, and exclusive musical footage in a playful and poignant homage to a DC music icon. Dave recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign raising more than $24,000 in the first stage of a fundraising campaign. He was also featured last week in the Value Added column in the business section of the Washington Post. The documentary is slated to air on Maryland Public Television and Virginia Public Television in the 4th quarter of 2012.

Dave travels extensively throughout the United States and internationally working in the news, sports, entertainment and political fields. He regularly lends his services to CBS News in Washington and to Showtime Sports. He currently resides in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in ward two of the District of Columbia.

This month, the DC Film Office celebrates the one year anniversary of the Filmmaker of the Month initiative. The initiative is designed to feature a District-based filmmaker who exemplifies the vast amount of talent and creativity based here in the nation’s capital. The Filmmaker of the Month initiative is part of its mission to elevate the national and international profile of the city’s most talented filmmakers. Previous filmmakers honored include Money Matters director Ryan Richmond, The Woodmans director of photography Neil Barrett, Double R Productions Founder Rosemary Reed, and award-winning writer and director of Vivian, Aimee Dixon.

You can visit the Filmmaker of the Month section to learn more about Dave and previous Filmmaker of the Month recipients.