Daniel Blake Smith
is a writer and filmmaker who loves to tell true, compelling American stories. Raised in the north Texas town of Wolfe City and educated at Oklahoma State University and the University of Virginia (where he received his doctorate in American history), Smith is the author of five books, most recently, MR. WONDERFUL, his debut novel.
Many of Smith’s films focus on powerful, pivotal moments in our nation’s past: he wrote and coproduced FEBRUARY ONE, a feature documentary about the 1960 Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter sit-in that helped launch the Civil Rights Movement. FEBRUARY ONE aired nationally on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens.’ He also wrote two prize-winning documentaries (both narrated by film star James Earl Jones) about native American life: CHEROKEE LEGACY: THE TRAIL OF TEARS and BLACK INDIANS: AN AMERICAN STORY. Smith’s documentary biopic about Edgar Allan Poe (TERROR OF THE SOUL), starring John Heard and Treat Williams with music by Philip Glass, aired on PBS’s ‘American Masters’ series. Smith’s documentary history of Kentucky, narrated by film star Ashley Judd, KENTUCKY: AN AMERICAN STORY, aired on regional PBS.
Smith’s current work includes various films, recently completed and in development. Smith’s newest film projects include his thriller, BLOOD BORN, featuring legendary TV and film star Ed Asner, Jeremy Sumpter (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; FRAILTY), and Lydia Hearst (Z NATION; GOSSIP GIRL). It is slated to go into production in 2020. He’s also currently completing a dramatic feature script, PROOF, a true crime thriller about a relentless and courageous lawyer’s efforts to expose the truth behind a bizarre series of murders in the heartland. Smith is the co-author/producer of TEXAS HEART (Indie Rights, 2016), a crime thriller starring John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), and Jared Abrahamson (HELLO DESTROYER), available now on Amazon Prime as well as on DVD via Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. He’s writer/producer of two short films: SAFE & HAPPY, already selected for 10 festivals in 2019, and MEMORY BOX, selected in 2018-9 by 30 film festivals, and now available on Sofy.tv. Finally, Mr. Smith’s debut novel, MR. WONDERFUL, is now available as paperback or ebook on Amazon.