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Pam Hupp Story Goes Hollywood

Fellow producer Stephanie Tobey and I signed with a major Hollywood production company to pitch my true crime thriller, PROOF, about the wild and twisty story of convicted St. Louis murderer, Pam Hupp, to the studios–such as Warner Bros, and Lionsgate–and major streamers such as Netflix, Amazon, and HBO! Given the growing appetite for true…

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Safe & Happy a Big Hit on Festival Circuit

My short film, SAFE & HAPPY, has now been selected for 25 film festivals across the country and around the world. Among the most recent official selections: the San Angelo Revolution Film Fest; the Breakout Film Festival (monthly contested international short film festival with an annual event held in Edinburgh, Scotland); and the Hang Onto…

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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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