Filmmaker David Keane founded Wild Eyes Productions in 2000 after 12 years in motion pictures, television and documentaries. He’s gained a steady reputation as a versatile storytelling Show-runner, Writer, Director and Producer of the difficult to near impossible.
Keane’s films have taken him around the world numerous times via every type of plane, train, helicopter, tank, motorcycle, boat, and/or beast. He’s raided drug cartels by chopper over Brazil, trekked on camels with Bedouins through Israel, explored emerald mines with shepherds in the Hindu Kush, faced terrorists with the bomb squad in Northern Ireland, and slipped inside the former US Embassy in Teheran now occupied by the Revolutionary Guard. He’s been interrogated by the KGB, dined with communist rebels, ridden in Presidential motorcades – even danced the tango in Argentina.
Keane’s productions have led to some tight situations. He’s been strong-armed by rebels in Papua New Guinea, bombed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and trapped in a gun battle in South Africa – not to mention the time he was held at gunpoint by his own driver in the Philippines. He’s traversed The Khyber Pass from both the Pakistan and Afghanistan sides. The hardships of illegal border crossings, sickness, seized cameras and guns tensed in anger have paid off in several storytelling breakthroughs. Keane was one of the first Westerners to film an undercover drug bust in China – from investigation, to arrest, to interrogation and incarceration. He’s captured the suicide train rides of Rio’s “surfistas.’ He’s interviewed warlords in Somalia, questioned friends and relatives of Bin Laden in Saudi Arabia, and traveled through the rebel-infested jungles of Columbia to interview “The Most Feared Man in Colombia–Carlos Castano—of Netflix’s “Narcos” fame, who was ultimately tortured and killed by his own paramilitary death squads.
Keane has sat down with a number of world leaders such as Condoleezza Rice, Hamid Karzai, and Pervez Musharraf. He’s also chatted-up a variety of warlords, drug kingpins, and wanted international terrorists. In fact a good many of Keane’s interview subjects are sadly deceased.
Keane has numerous executive producing, writing and directing credits from nearly every non-fiction cable network. He’s also written and created dramatic television series and feature scripts based on both his own non-fiction experience and original concepts. His screenwriting has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a finalist for the Nichols Prize.
Keane graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science.