Passion Projects

A small sampling of some of Daniel's personal work, serious and fun. 


A Place to Stand

Daniel's first feature documentary, released nationwide in 2016, has been called "an inspiring portrait" (Booklist), "gutsy and graphic" (Library Journal), and "a compelling look at the power of language and a searing account of life as a convict" (Santa Fe New Mexican). It tells the remarkable true story of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca and his radical transformation from violent, illiterate convict into world-renowned and celebrated poet. 

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Buffalo Stone / Drive Them Buffalo

This trailer, a simple teaser of beautiful selects, includes footage from two films that Daniel shot simultaneously on the 2016 fall Blackfeet Buffalo drive. One film, Drive Them Buffalo, is a short doc that captures the drive. The second, Buffalo Stone, is a short fiction film about a girl who goes on the drive as a way to heal from trauma. Both are currently in post-production and will be completed in mid-2017. 


Our Last Refuge

This short documentary tells the story of the Badger-Two Medicine, the sacred homeland of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration.  One of the highest profile conservation struggles in recent history, Our Last Refuge is the first in-depth telling of this critical story. The film has toured Montana, been screened at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and will run the festival circuit in 2017.

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It's Worth the Process

A short profile of Daniel's friend Manuel Leithold, a spray-paint artist in Freiburg, Germany. Rough and simple, these kinds of personal portraits are one of Daniel's favorite types of work. 



In 2015, Daniel directed and shot this film for The Palliative Care network of northern Germany. Their holistic approach to working with death and the dying is unique in Germany and they wanted a film to help share their work and inspire other hospice providers in the country to follow their lead. 


Street Poets Profile - Frank "Bus Stop Prophet" Escamillo

This short profile video was made to support Street Poets, an organization that Daniel has profound respect and admiration for. Daniel hopes to stay connected with them long into the future. 


Portrait of a Whig

One of Daniel's earliest works (and quite rough technically), this remains Daniel's funniest project. Starring Jamie Jackson, this satirical, mockumentary makes fun of American political campaigns and the breed of politician who will say anything to be elected.