Born on the 24th of May '82 in Frankfurt, he was raised in Santa Monica and Munich. As a twelve year old he received as a present from his parents a VHS copy of 'Reservoir Dogs'.
Until then his grand plan was to finish school as fast as possible and become an astronaut – in the 80ies and 90ies there was a serious bid to conquer Mars. The duration of the travel would only take around eleven months in one direction, basically the same amount that an average citizen spends over a life time in traffic jams.
But from the moment that he watched Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel in 'Reservoir Dogs' everything changed:
'Bad Lieutenant' and 'Goodfellas', 'Léon – the Professional' and 'Lost Highway', 'Chungking Express' and 'Fallen Angels' - 90ies cinema got a serious grip on him.
Twenty years later in March of 2014 he enjoyed the feeling of the morning wind around his ears while he sped on his racing bike towards the Kottbusser Tor, where on the 11th floor of a project building the light crew was setting up for the shooting of 'After Spring Comes Fall', which would become his first feature film.
Later the movie had it's Premiere at the Hofer Filmfestspiele in 2015 and would take him around the world: to the GIFF in Göteburg, the 39th Mostra in Sao Paulo, the Jaffna International Cinema Festival on the island of Sri Lanka, to San Francisco, Beijing, Tangiers, Casablanca and Kopenhagen.
'After Spring Comes Fall' was awarded Best Feature at the Vilmos Szigmond Festival in Hungary and Best Production at the Achtung Berlin Festival. And it won the 'Michael Ballhaus-Award' for Best Cinematography at the First Steps Awards in 2015 – the highest newcomer awards in Europe.
He worked for ARTE and BBC Arabic as a TV journalist in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
His second feature 'The Devil's Drivers, a documentary about human traffic, is currently in post-production.
Daniel lives in Los Angeles where he holds a fellowship at the American Film Institute. He splits his time developing the TV daram series TREUHAND and teaching film development classes at the Raindance Institute in London, UK and the International Academy for Film and Media in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
|2015||'The Last Barrier' with the Bosta Theatre in Jerusalem|
|2014||'Letters Home' with the Refugee Club Theatre.
Premiere as the closing show of the Festiwalla Youth Theatre Festival at the HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin with more than 1400 viewers.
|2007||'Orientation' in Leipzig with a large format photographies|
Education and Scholarships
|2019 - 2021||Directing Fellowship at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles|
|2018||Partcipant at the Torino SeriesLab where he developed the concept for the 8-part TV series 'The Panda'|
|2008 - 2014||Student of Directing and Cinematography at the Filmuniversity 'Konrad Wolf' in Potsdam-Babelsberg|
|2012||Participant at Berlinale Talent Campus|
|2009||Participant at an exchange programm with the University of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg|
|2006 - 2008||Student of Photography at the Academy for Visual Arts in Leipzig|
|2007||Scholarship by the DAAD – German Educational Exchange Programm to participate in an exchange programm with the University of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan|
|2004 - 2006||Trainee of TV-Journalism at the TV-Production company AZ Media in Colgne|
|2021||'The Devils Drivers', 90min, Documentary, in Post-Production|
|2020||'Morsels', 15min shortfilm, American Film Institute|
|2017||'Wicked Fever' by JONAH, 3min, Musicvideo, published on VEVO|
|2015||'After Spring Comes Fall', 93 min, Fiction
World Premiere: Hofer Filmfestspiele
International Premiere: Mostra in Sao Paulo
Awards for Best Feature at the Vilmos Szigmond Festival in Hungary, Best Production at the Achtung Berlin Festival and 'Michael Ballhaus-Award' for Best Cinematography at the First Steps Awards
|2013||'Cottbus Trailer 2013', 45sec, Advertisement, Distributed with over forty 35mm copies to cinemas around Germany|