Filmmaker David Conover was born and raised in a New England family with strong ties to the sea and a tradition of active storytelling. Both grandfathers were amateur filmmakers in the 1920's and 30's. Upon graduating with a degree in comparative religious studies from Bowdoin College, David worked as a professional seaman—he has extensive experience in the Atlantic and Pacific, which includes two transatlantic crossings in small boats. He spent five years designing and teaching sea courses for students age 14-18 at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine and in Florida. This was followed by a Master's Degree in Education at Harvard, where David studied moral development and then a second year as a Kennedy School teaching assistant in leadership studies. In 1987, he directed and produced his first documentary, OUTWARD BOUND, which aired on National Geographic Explorer, and founded the production company COMPASS LIGHT. Now in its 25th-year, COMPASS LIGHT has a commitment to content revealing the wonder of the outdoors and the ocean. Over 600 award-winning productions have been delivered to clients and broadcasters including DISCOVERY, SCIENCE CHANNEL, PBS NOVA, and many others around the world. The company has been listed as a TOP 100 global production company by Realscreen Magazine.
In early 2015, David founded the CONSERVATION MEDIA GROUP. This effort builds communication capacity for work targeting urgent ocean and energy challenges, via workshops, residencies, grants and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations.
In 2014-15, David returned to academia with an appointment as the Coastal Studies Scholar at BOWDOIN COLLEGE in Maine. He resides in the seaport of Camden, Maine with his wife Beverly and their daughter and son. David has also taught at the International Film and Television Workshops and serves on the Penobscot Maritime Museum Board of Directors, the Mystic Seaport Museum Advisory Council, and The Ocean Foundation’s Advisory Board. Summer caretaking duties of a Maine lighthouse are shared with his extended family.