Daniel Kaufman

About This Project

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Film is in Daniel’s blood. Son of a writer and a documentarian, he started his career as a cinematographer for his father’s human rights films, and soon transitioned into directing his own documentary work in Haiti, Jamaica, England, and all around the US. His interest in blending this background with a passion for narrative filmmaking led naturally into the world of music videos, where he caught the attention of director Mark Romanek, and got signed by Anonymous Content shortly thereafter. Along the way, a brief stint in front of the camera brought him to Sundance as one of the leads in Joe Swanberg’s horror-hit V/H/S (which, amongst friends, he can’t live down).

His work as a director attempts to reconcile these disparate instincts into videos that are highly cinematic and visually expressive, yet always focused on an underlying humanity & documentary authenticity— working with artists ranging from Jay Z and Puff Daddy to The Decemberists and Alicia Keys. His feature screenplay Atlas, was a semifinalist at the 2016 Sundance Screenwriting Lab, and he recently directed his first feature Doc “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” exploring the history of Bad Boy Records.

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