Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating in 1998.
1993 graduate of Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Jay Humphries, of the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, was in David's high school graduating class.
1990 graduate of Richardson West Junior High in Richardson, Texas.
Cites John Boorman's Deliverance (1972) as one of his all-time favorite movies, which he saw for the first time when he was just 10 years old. Curiously enough, Bill McKinney, who had played the squeal-like-a-pig mountain man in that movie, played Jamie Bell's genial grandfather in Green's Undertow (2004) - 32 years later.
Three of his films are on Roger Ebert's best films of the year list. George Washington (2000) in 2000, Undertow (2004) in 2004 and Shotgun Stories (2007) in 2008 (he was only a producer on Shotgun Stories (2007)).
Frequently works with college buddy Danny McBride.
Inducted into the Texas Film of Fame on March 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas.