Named as one of U.S. Latino filmmakers with directorial debuts to watch out for
— Chicana From chicago Blog
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Daniel Maldonado

Writer Director Producer

As featured in the New York Times, Remezcla, The Face and on NBC News, Daniel is a multi award winning emerging filmmaker, who’s found early success in the several genres he's crossed.

As an alumni of the School Of Visual Arts & former intern for legendary NY producer Ben Barenholtz (BARTON FINK), Daniel’s persistence paid off earning him several Kodak film grants as well as acceptance into the prestigious Actor’s Studio’s observation program. During these formative years he wrote/produced and directed several diversified short films including “BUTTERCUP”, which toured German movie theaters as part of the “BLUE HEARTS OF N.Y.traveling festival of short films (MOP Distribution)

Since then, Daniel's shorts have earned recognition at festivals & exhibitions both in the U.S. & internationally.  He completed the festival circuit in 2011 showcasing LALO (featuring Billy Magnussen), which garnered the award for BEST SHORT FILM at the HBO/NY Latino International Film Festival and went on to be licensed and nationally broadcast on cable later that year.

As a Creative Capital- On The Radar Artist, Daniel also continues to showcase his experimental works in galleries & museums. Most recently his work with composer Mike Vernusky was featured at Rome’s Maxxi Museum BNL. He also completed his first narrative feature, H.O.M.E. starring Imagen winner Jeremy Ray Valdez, Broadway’s Angela Lin and Mexican Ariel winning actor, Jesús Ochoa. Produced by Darren Dean (The Florida Project), the film premiered at the Museum Of Moving Image in NYC and has gone on to screen at over 25 international festivals with nominations from Cinema Tropical to several awards for Best Feature & Best Director.

Currently, Daniel has a several shorts including a commission with composer Jeff Morris on tap for 2019. He also has a new screenplay with co writer , Hector Carosso set in Puerto Rico that is in early development. In addition, Daniel works in production and has contributed to the production design of many films such Sundance hits Crown Heights and The Farewell.