Dave von Fintel

Filmmaker/Photographer specializing in Aerial Cinematography


  • Filmmaker specializing in Aerial Cinematography2014 - Present

    Kansas City, MO

    I'm taking my creative skills to new heights - piloting a UAV to produce dramatic aerial video/photo solutions as well as producing & editing conventional video for a variety of industries.

  • Freelance Creative Director2012 - 2014


  • Web Development Director2004 - 2012

    Rockhurst University

  • Creative Director1999 - 2004

    Rockhurst University

  • Art Director1998 - 1999

    Rockhurst University

  • Graphic Designer1997 - 1998

    GB Design


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design1991 - 1996

    University of Missouri

  • Graphic Design, Photography & Video Production1995 - 1996

    University of Tasmania School of Art, Australia


  • “Dave has exceptional skills as a designer and web developer. As his supervisor for several years, I found him to be a joy to work with, and a great team player. He is a problem-solver who finds a solution to every challenge. I would not hesitate to hire him again.”

    Rosita McCoy, Senior VP - KU Endowment Association

  • “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave on many projects. He’s always able to bring a fresh perspective to every job. His positive personality and openness to trying new things, makes working with him a very fun & collaborative event.”

    Mark McDonald, Owner - Mark McDonald Photography

  • “I worked with Dave for several years while employed at gb Design. Dave and I collaborated on a variety of design projects and I always found him to be easy to work with and valued the ideas and professionalism he brought to the table. Since that time, my agency has had the pleasure to work with Dave and his team at Rockhurst as a vendor providing online development solutions and consulting to Rockhurst University. Dave continues to provide impressive direction and management skills to the projects we have conducted with him and his team.”

    Ryan Lorei, Owner - Voltage Creative

  • “In the seven years Dave and I worked together, I watched him consistently come up with effective, creative solutions for various print, web and video projects. He stays on top of design trends and web standards, and everything he touches looks refined and professional. He has exceptional talent and lots of ideas, which made him a valuable member of our team.”

    Jamie Swearingen, UX Copywriter - Garmin International

  • “I have hired Dave may times for his expert graphic design services, and have also brought him in as a consultant on several high profile web design and development projects. Dave's ability to listen to my client's needs, and his ability to translate their ideas into reality are second to none.”

    Matt Couch, Real Estate Analyst - Hopkins Appraisal Services


  • • CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education): Silver Award
- '09, Excellence in Multimedia: Single Web Page (Ready for Rockhurst) 
- Bronze - '02, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine 
- Silver - '01, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine
 - Gold - '00, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine Cover 
- Silver - '00, Rockhurst University Campus Banners 
• Web Marketing Association's Web Awards Judge - '08 
• JAA (Jesuit Advancement Administrators): '06 - Award of Merit: Multimedia, Admission Pages 
• Internet Advertising Competition '05 - Best Education Integrated Ad Campaign - Rockhurst Website 
• Center for Digital Education: '05 Best of the Web 2nd place, Rockhurst University 
• Web Marketing Association: '05 Best Education Internet Advertising Award, Rockhurst University 
• American Association of Webmasters: '04 Silver Award, Rockhurst University 
• Mead Papers: Certificate of Excellence in the Graphic Arts - Rockhurst University, 1999 Annual Report

Visit Instagram/davevonfintel for frequently updated shots. Some of my work features footage that may be purchased as stock video or photo.


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How Do I Apply for a Closed School Discharge?

To apply for the Closed School Loan Discharge program simply fill out the application and submit it to the people who service your loan.

The people who service your loan are the ones that send the money to via your student loan payments every month.

Every loan servicer has a different procedure in place for processing these applications, so you’ll need to find out what your servicer requires before you can determine how to proceed.

After you submit your Closed School Loan Discharge application, your servicer is legally obligated to inform you of their process, and then as long as you qualify for the discharge, and you follow their instructions on what to do next, you should get your debt fully forgiven.

Which Program is Better? Borrower’s Defense or Closed School Discharges?

I wouldn’t say that one program is better than the other. They will both discharge your student loan debt and both can possibly reimburse you for any payments that you’ve already made too.

Assuming that you qualify for both programs, however, I would choose the Closed School Loan Discharge program simply because the applications for the Borrower’s Defense program are taking so long to process.

Nobody wants to keep paying down a loan that shouldn’t exist in the first place, especially for a year or longer while waiting for a response from the Department of Education, so I would advise that you pursue the Closed School Loan Discharge if it’s an option for you.

However, it’s ultimately your choice. Read through the requirements for both programs carefully and choose the program that suits your particular situation best.

Will I Owe Taxes on Forgiven Debt?

Yes, any discharged student loan debt is considered income and therefore taxable by the IRS. That’s bad enough. However, it gets worse. The IRS is going to come after you for the money when you file your next tax return, and they’re not going to be as easy to deal with as your student loan servicing company.

Why? Because while your loan servicer examine the link lets you break out the debt you owe them into small, affordable monthly payments, the IRS is going to request that you pay them all at once, in a single lump sum.

Most people don’t have that kind of money lying around, and if you’re like most people, then you’ll need to work with the IRS and apply for their long-term payment plan in order to make this an affordable process, so don’t think you’re free and clear just yet, because that could be a difficult process too.

To put it in numbers, let’s say that you have $100,000 in student loan debt forgiven. If your taxable income is 30% that means that you will owe the IRS a whopping $30,000, and it means that they’ll want you to pay them that entire $30,000 all at once with you next tax return.

Since most people suffering under the burden of student loan debt don’t have that kind of money on hand I’ve created an entirely new website called Forget Tax Debt, which offers advice on dealing with IRS tax debt, just like I do here for Student Loans.

If you’re having trouble with taxes, or the IRS, then have a read through my new site, looking at articles on Filing Paying IRS Back Taxes, IRS Tax Debt Settlements, The IRS Fresh Start Program, and IRS Tax Debt Forgiveness.

Dated News from the Everest Case

NEWS ALERT: On Thursday, , Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education announced that they will begin immediately issuing $150,000,000 in Borrower’s Defense to Repayment Discharges. This is in direct response to a recent Federal ruling that DOE needed to terminate all delays in the BDAR approvals process.