About David

David Gwaltney is an artist, based in Asheville, North Carolina.


David holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in New Media from East Tennessee State University.

During David’s time in school, he interned at the BBC, The Colbert Report, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.


David currently works at JB Media as an online advertising specialist. His focus is Google Ads and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

David also works as a freelance video producer, where he specializes in music videos and documentary-style productions.


David created the moniker thecitylights* during his time at NYU. The moniker ultimately expanded into a band, with his best friend Chris Newton playing drums. The band found success, moving from busking to coffeeshops to music festivals.

David is now an independent music producer. He has released two albums, a mash-up mixtape, a handful of singles, and various recordings for other musicians.

David is continuously recording new work. (Expect a new album in 2019).


David’s works have been screened at film festivals all over the world. His cinematography has been seen on the BBC.

Some festival highlights are:

  • Sidewalk Film Festival; Birmingham, AL
  • Cucalorus Film Festival; Wilmington, NC
  • Cat Fly Film Festival; Asheville, NC
  • Push! Film Festival; Bristol, TN/VA

Awards & Honors

David has had the honor of attending artist residencies at Crosshatch’s Hill House in East Jordan, Michigan & Snaggy Mountain in Burnsville, North Carolina.