We had a terrific shoot for my new short, MEMORY BOX, on April 7.  Here are some pics that capture a bit of the action. From left, Gaffer Nathanael Brunner watches as director Karl Shefelman and cinematographer Dave Rutherford set up a shot.  Also observing is Assistant Director, Ryan Gregory, right. Nurse Clair, Jessica Ambuehl,…

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A short film I wrote and will produce, MEMORY BOX, drawn from my just-released novel, MR. WONDERFUL, will be filmed in St. Louis on April 7.  I’m very excited by the cast and crew we’ve assembled to tell this compelling little story about a visit to a loved one that leads to a shattering revelation. …

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“A character-driven literary novel, Smith writes flawed but fascinating characters. There are many amusing and poignant moments that will be having you nodding your head in recognition, and this breezy relatability propels the novel along. Mr. Wonderful is a comforting read because of its core humanity, and for how Smith skillfully crafts recognizable characters.” —Self-Publishing Review

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Thanks to the creative work of graphic designer Christopher Moyer, my novel, MR. WONDERFUL, which should be out in early 2018, now has its cover design.  Elegant and provocative, it subtly suggests the novel’s themes of how sometimes in spite of all the struggle and sorrow in the world, life sometimes shows us the wonderful. Mr…

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Daniel Smith’s journey to Texas Heart; crafting a compelling tale of change indieactivity: What is your film about?Daniel: TEXAS HEART is a thrilling, heartfelt crime story about a former mob lawyer on the run who finds redemption by saving a young autistic man accused of murder. The film began as an informal, unexpected moment a few years…

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Interview with Daniel Blake Smith Daniel Blake Smith was raised in a small North Texas town, he grew up expecting to be a Major League Baseball player (As a pitcher, Daniel had a modest offer out of high school from the Cincinnati Reds) but instead he got enthralled with history in College and, amazingly, went on to get…

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I am pleased to announce that I have just completed a memoir-turned novel, MR. WONDERFUL, that in a highly fictionalized fashion focuses on some very emotional and powerful experiences with my family, especially my father (the ‘Mr. Wonderful’ character).  After some final revisions, I’m hoping my agent will find a good home for it.  Updates…

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My film, TEXAS HEART, is an Official Selection of the 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival, June 16-26, one of the largest film festivals in Asia.  Representing the film in Shanghai is its director, Mark David.  Really excited and proud to broaden the audience like this for our good film!

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We now have some momentum on my romantic drama (co-authored with Elizabeth Anne Martin) feature film, THE KISS:  attached to direct the film is Mark David, who directed my previous film, TEXAS HEART, as well as indie favorite JOHNNY’S SWEET REVENGE.  Mark will also help produce.  Also joining the team is veteran producer Will Wallace…

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