David Karlak is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2010. Karlak directed the short film "THE CANDIDATE" that went on to created a huge buzz in Hollywood after the short made 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. In recent years, Karlak has also been exploring the use of virtual reality to tell story, 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.