faculty profile of David Rocco | Webster University

David Rocco

David RoccoPosition

Assistant Professor; Film, Television and Video Production


Electronic and Photographic Media

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

FILM 3730 Film II: Production
FILM 3750 Film II: Post-Production
FILM 4580 Advanced Editing
FTVP 1200 Camera and Light
FTVP 1300 Edit and Color
FTVP 2200 Cinematography
FTVP 3150 Filmmaking Seminar
FTVP 4200 Senior Overview
FTVP 4950 Graduate Independent Study
FTVP 5310 Fundamentals of Video Cameras and Lighting (formerly MEDC 5610 Videos for Interactive Communications)
PHOT 3599 Photography Independent Study
PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management


Rocco earned an MFA in Studio Art (Photography) and an MA in Studio Art (Photography) from Fontbonne University. He earned a BA in Film Production from Webster University.

Professional Experience

Rocco taught in the Film and Media Studies program at Washington University and worked as a Fellow for the St. Louis International Film Festival in 2011. He has produced and shot an award-winning narrative film. He also associate-produced and shot an award-winning feature-length documentary. He has worked in Hollywood and St. Louis as both a freelance camera operator and set stills photographer. His work in Hollywood has landed him on every major studio lot, while his work in St. Louis has sent him to over 50 cities operating camera for some of the largest corporations in the region.

Film Festival Entries, Nominations and Awards

PALACIOS, Feature Film, 2017
Producer, Cinematographer

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival 2017
Juried Awards:
Best Feature
Best Actress
Best Breakout Performance
Nominated for Best Cinematography

Additional Screenings:
Victoria, TX Indie Film Fest 2017
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase 2017
Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival 2017
Tulsa American Film Festival 2017
Rivers Edge International Film Festival 2017
Phoenix Film Festival 2017
Tallahassee Film Festival 2017
DC Independent Film Festival 2017

St. Louis International Film Festival 2017
Juried Awards:
Special Award for Outstanding Performance: Olajuwon Davis, “Palacios”

SUMMER LOUIS, Short Film, 2017
Director, Cinematographer

Cinema at Citygarden, a co-presentation of Cinema St. Louis and Gateway Foundation,
Citygarden, St. Louis - Screened on Video Wall from May 26-June 30
Juried Awards:
1st Place-Award

Additional Screenings:
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase 2017
St. Louis International Film Festival 2017

DON'T SAVE, Experimental Video, 2017

Video Loops at Central Library, St. Louis. Featured as part of a looped program that screened on Central Library’s Discovery Walls (four large-screen monitors throughout the building) and at screening in Central's Auditorium on Sat., Sept. 30.
Juried Awards:
1st Place-Award

Additional Screenings:
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase 2018
Eligible for St. Louis International Film Festival 2018

THE GRAY SEASONS, Documentary Feature, 2011
Associate Producer, Camera Operator

Juried Awards:
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase: Best Editing-Feature

Additional Screenings:
AMC Theatres Kansas City Filmfest
Thin Line Film Fest
St. Louis International Film Festival
All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
River's Edge International Film Festival
Offshoot Film Fest
Louisville's International Festival of Film
Cincinnati Film Festival
LA Femme Film Festival
Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival
Los Angeles Art-House Film Festival: Honorable Mention
St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase: Best Editing-Feature
San Antonio Film Festival


St. Louisan
Davey Rocco: The Language of Photography

Palacios Media

Fox 2 Now
Palacios, Lester Leaps In at St. Louis International Film Festival
The Hoya
Movie Review: Palacios
St. Louis Public Radio KWMU
The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase kicks off this weekend - what films will be featured?  (audio review begins at 11:08)

Contact Information

Office Phone 314-246-7843
Email or roccoda@webster.edu


Davey Rocco

updated 7/2018