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David Manzanares has worked on over 50 films, from small independent to large studio blockbusters.  He was the Location Manager of Scott Cooper’s "Crazy Heart" which received 3 Academy Award nominations and won 2 Oscars including Best Actor for 2009 for Jeff Bridges and Best Song for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind”. Other films that David has been involved with include, "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawk and Chris Pratt, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.  


In 2015 David served as the Consulting Producer on several of Sony/Lifetime projects including "Beautiful & Twisted" with Rob Lowe and Candice Bergen,  “Cleveland Abduction” with Taryn Manning and Raymond Cruz, “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” with Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall and Cole Hauser and continues to work on developing new projects. 


David has composed and contributed music to multiple films and made for TV movies including Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers”, Sony/Lifetime’s “Beautiful & Twisted” and “Cleveland Abduction” and his compositions have been played throughout the world including Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.


In 2015, David acted in multiple film projects including “The Magnificent Seven” with Chis Pratt and Ethan Hawke, “The Ridiculous Six” with Adam Sandler, Luc Wilson and Steve Zahn,  “Graves” with Nick Nolte and Skyler Austin and “Cleveland Abduction” with Raymond Cruz and Taryn Manning. 


Notable filmmakers he's worked on projects with include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino, Antoine Fuqua, Carl Franklin, Jim Sheridan, Steven Soderburgh, James Mangold, Michael Bay, Timmy Van Patten, Simon Wincer, Dean Semler, and Janusz Kaminski.


A multi-generational native New Mexican, David grew up in Abiquiu, a small farming/ranching community 1 hr. North of Santa Fe.  He attended High School in Espanola were he excelled in Basketball and Drama.  His college years were spent at NMSU & Sonoma State University.  He ultimately earned his BBA from NMSU with a double major in Marketing/Management and Sales & Promotion.  He was introduced to the world of production when a UK based catalog crew unknowingly trespassed onto his family’s ranch in Abiquiu.  After reaching a successful settlement at gunpoint, David decided to jump head first into the unpredictable world of shooting, only this time, using a camera.  Catalog’s led to print Advertising, music video’s, commercials… and eventually he found himself working in Television and on Features. 


Over the years David has enjoyed wearing the different hats of Actor, Music Artist, Producer, Location Scout, Location Manager, Production Manager, Production Coordinator, AD, Production Supervisor, Music Producer/Supervisor and most recently Cultural Advisor and Consulting Producer.  His favorite part of the industry is, “All of it!  Being a part of a creative and collaborative team where everyone’s contribution is recognized and valued…that can be very rewarding”.  

One of his mantras is, “The harder you work, the luckier you get”, and so he has been lucky enough to list among his credits: Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Crystal Skull” with Harrison Ford and Cate Blanchett, Steven Soderburgh’s, “Haywire” with Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum, Carl Franklin’s “Bless Me Ultima” with Mirian Colon, Luke Ganalon and Benito Martinez, Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhall and Natalie Portman, James Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma” with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, Simon Wincer’s “Comanche Moon” with Steve Zahn and Val Kilmer, Michael Bay’s “Transformers” with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, Walt Becker’s “Wild Hogs” with John Travolta and Tim Allen, Wai-Keung Lau’s “The Flock” with Richard Gere and Claire Danes, the Polish brother’s “The Astronaut Farmer” with Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Willis and Virginia Madsen, Steven Spielberg’s “Into the West” with Tom Berenger, Josh Brolin and Wes Studi, Breck Eisner’s “Sahara” with Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn, Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses” with Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz and Lawrence Kasdan’s “Wyatt Earp” with Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid and Gene Hackman.   He is happy to count as his past clients, “Pepsi/Pytka”, “Jeep/Satellite Films”, “Pace Picante Sause/Directorz!” “Victoria Secret/Lighthouse Pictures”, “Ford/The Dxtrs”, “Nike/Radical Media”, “Wrangler/RSA London, ABC, NBC, BBC, Tim McGraw, Dona Karan/Cate Blanchette, Randy Travis, Will Smith, Clink Black, Ted Nugget, Guns n Roses, Michael Jackson, Porsche, Calvin Klein, Marlboro, and countless of magazines and catalogs.

A native of Abiquiu, NM, he currently (2016) resides in Santa Fe and continues to write, produce, act and compose music.   Presently (2016) he is very excited about translating a 1,000 + yr. old adventure story that has been passed down in his family for generations…  and if that isn’t enough to keep him occupied, he still finds time to perform and record with the band that he and his brother Michael helped popularize – “Manzanares”.   David show’s no sign of slowing down anytime soon and is always ready for the next celluloid adventure!



Professional Highlights:


Being directed by film director Antoine Fuqua and acting along side Ethan Hawke and Chris Pratt for the film “The Magnificent Seven”.

Being cast in the same film as my son Max for the Noah & Logan Miller film "Sweetwater" starring Ed Harris, Jason Issacs and January Jones.  It premiered at Robert Redford's "Sundance Film Festival"  in ParkCity, Utah January, 2013.

Working with director Carl Franklin on the 2012  independent feature film "Bless me, Ultima".  "The biggest kick for me was working as the Cultural Advisor which meant having to insure that all things cultural were authentic and contributing ideas for the music... So fun and so rewarding!" 

Acting along side Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall in the film "Crazy Heart".... "The story, Scott Cooper, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duval, the crew, ...everyone and everything about it!  It was just one of those incredible moments in your life that you are grateful to have been a part of something so special".

Acting opposite Shirley MacLaine for the German Travel show – Voxtours.  "Working along side a does it get any better?"

Acting opposite Nick Nolte for the television series “Graves”. 

Performing original music for Muhamad Ali.  "What a class act...everything I expected and more!"

Being directed by legendary film director Jim Sheridan for the film “Brothers”, and Jim ultimately using my song "Rocky Mountain Man" in the same scene!

Performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas while touring with my brother Michael and our band “Manzanares”

Watching his son Max perform with his band “The MaxPack” at Zozobra for a crowd of 53,000. 

Having my song “One More Time” used for the Sony/Lifetime movie “Cleveland Abduction”.


Having my and my brother Michael’s song “Vera Cruz” used in the Sony/Lifetime movie “Beautiful and Twisted”


Having my and my brother Michael’s song “Gitarra Mia” used in the Sony/Lifetimes movie Cleveland Abduction”. 


Having my and my brother Michael’s song “Muchacha” used in the film “Dorm Daze II”.






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