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‘Abducted’ Producer Joins PROOF Team

Stephanie Tobey, producer of the acclaimed, highly-successful Netflix true crime documentary, ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT, has signed on to help produce the true crime dramatic feature, PROOF, about the wild and twisty true story of Pam Hupp and the murder of Betsy Faria in St. Louis. “Given the huge success Stephanie pulled off with ABDUCTED,”…

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SAFE & HAPPY EARNS 2 NOMINATIONS AT AUSTIN REVOLUTION FILM FEST

My newly-released short film, SAFE & HAPPY, won two nominations from the Austin Revolution Film Festival, Sept. 3-8:  Best U.S. Short and Best Actor for Clayton Bury.  The No. 1 Filmmaker Rated Festival on Film Freeway, the Austin Revolution Film Festival, received over 3000 submissions before making its official selections.  So we’re especially proud of…

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MAJOR NEW PROJECT: FEATURE DRAMATIC TRUE CRIME STORY

I’m writing/producing a feature film based on a fascinating true crime story about the Betsy Faria murder/Pam Hupp story–a bizarre tale full of sex, deceit, twists, and murders–based on life story rights of the two principals, Russ Faria, the wrongly accused/convicted husband, and Joel Schwartz, Russ’s defense atty and leading figure in uncovering the actual…

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Interview with Film Critic Simon Watson on Extra Features

Had a lot of fun speaking with Toronto-based podcast Extra Features about my new short film , SAFE & HAPPY, short films vs. features, and the challenges and advantages of making movies in a place like St. Louis.  Check it out! Extra Features Interviews: Daniel Blake Smith about his film “Safe And Happy”.

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Production Wraps on SAFE AND HAPPY

A superb cast and crew finished production on my new short film, SAFE AND HAPPY, after a two-day shoot on March 8-9, in St. Louis.  SAFE AND HAPPY tells the dramatic story of an ex-cop who for years has kept an explosive secret from his wife and the world but is suddenly exposed at a critical…

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Script Adaptation of Carmen Gentile’s BLINDSIDED BY THE TALIBAN

I am pleased to announce that in January I optioned the film rights to the fascinating true story memoir, BLINDSIDED BY THE TALIBAN:  A JOURNALIST’S STORY OF WAR, TRAUMA, LOVE, AND LOSS, by Carmen Gentile.  It’s a captivating and piercingly honest account of a war correspondent who, amazingly, survived a rocket-propelled-grenade attack, and went on…

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Author Appearance at the 2018 Kentucky Book Festival

I’ll be selling and signing books–my debut novel, MR. WONDERFUL, and my prize-winning history of the Trail of Tears, AN AMERICAN BETRAYAL:  CHEROKEE PATRIOTS AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS (Henry Holt)– on Saturday, Nov 17, 9am-4pm at the Kentucky Book Festival.  The event is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Alltech Arena.

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