Veteran actor Andrew Sensenig–a well-known indie star (UPSTREAM COLOR; POWERS)–has joined the Accidental Hearts cast to play Spencer Ryan, the father of the lead, Aubrey Ryan. Also Pierre Kennel, a strong character actor (MAN DOWN), has come on board to play Brett, the bartender, boyfriend of Jules (Amy Davidson). Look forward to working with both of these…

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TEXAS HEART just got a very strong review in Richard Propes’ The Independent Critic. An excerpt from his review: “Working off a script by Daniel Blake Smith and Nick Feild, Mark David has created a breezy and entertaining film existing in the crime thriller tradition of recent Grisham-based films. The film is cast with a…

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During the upcoming New Mexico Film and Media Conference, Nov. 11-12, writer/producer Daniel Blake Smith, co-producer/casting director, Faith Hibbs-Clark, and lead actors Erik Fellows and Amy Davidson, will come together in Albuquerque to read through Smith’s script, scout initial locations for an anticipated Spring 2017 shoot, and discuss with New Mexico officials the state’s attractive…

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We’re thrilled to announce that Amazon has awarded TEXAS HEART an AVD Stars bonus for September, given to the top films in Prime Video. Thanks for your support. Watch our film, TEXAS HEART, now: http://amzn.to/2egfThT

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Very excited to announce that the gifted comic and dramatic actress, Amy Davidson (8 SIMPLE RULES; GIRL ON THE EDGE), is now attached to play one of the leads in my romantic drama, ACCIDENTAL HEARTS, which we hope to shoot in New Mexico next spring!

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I have a new movie in development based on the novel Unexpected Chance by Joanne Schwehm.  I’ll be writer/producer on the film, along with Dan Griffin. One of the film’s stars is Erik Fellows, who was terrific in the lead in my previous film, TEXAS HEART.   Casting for ACCIDENTAL HEARTS is by Faith Hibbs-Clark, Good Faith…

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Proud to say that Texas Heart had its U.K. premiere Saturday, August 20, on Flix Premiere, a London-based digital platform.  Check it out at:  flixpremiere.com.  Our film is now international!

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My new book, OUR FAMILY DREAMS, is now out from St. Martin’s Press, and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and, as they say, in fine bookstores everywhere!  Stay tuned for upcoming book signings and talks, radio interviews, etc.

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The Urban-Rural Divide: Deep Roots in American History by Daniel Blake-Smith The urban-rural divide throughout American history Anyone observing America’s ongoing culture wars, especially as they surface in the current presidential election cycle, is forcefully reminded that we are not a country divided by red and blue states; it’s an urban-rural divide that represents the…

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