DAVID BLAK (Plascencia) was born in the poor area of Tijuana, Mexico. He was raised by a single mother and singer of boleros. At the age of seven, he moved to California to live with his father who was an Aerospace Engineer. Severely grieving the loss of moving from his home country, the warmth of a kind mother and adjusting to American culture, Plascencia found solace in writing and producing hip-hop music. After leaving music behind, he turned his attention to acting and filmmaking. Since 2012, Plascencia has worked on over 40 TV commercials and films including "McFarland USA", "Being Black Enough" and John Legend's music video "Surefire."
In reaction to the lack of Latino diversity in the industry, Plascencia collaborated with Mary-Lyn Chambers debuting "Tijuana," a short film saluting his great-grandparents where he performed the role of his great grandfather. The film screened at Slamdance, Bentonville, Hollyshorts and the Rome International Film Festival. It was nominated for the Imagen Award and won 'Best TV Pilot' at the CFF Chelsey Awards. "Tijuana" was one of eight films selected out of 400 to be presented at Content London in their Shorts2Series program. "Tijuana" is being developed into a series now called "Revolution Avenue."
He is currently a lead in a 1940s period feature film "3 Flowers" that is being shot over many years, similar to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood.