Daniel Cross, MFA
Associate Professor (Film Production), Cinema
Daniel Cross is founder of EYESTEELFILM in Montreal, named by Real Screen Magazine as a top100 non-fiction production company in the world. He is an Associate Professorand previous Chair of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University. Cross also serves on the University’s Board of Governors and the Provost’s Circle of Distinction. He was recently appointed Research Chair in Interactive Documentary Filmmaking.
In November 2015 Cross’ latest feature documentary I AM THE BLUES premiered at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), the film will have a theatrical starting in spring 2016. In conjunction with his research chair Cross launched V1.0 of the 3D Web GL www.iamthebluesmovie.com, to be followed by a spring launch of the interactive documentary Turcot Interchange, documenting the demolition and re-construction of Canada’s largest cloverleaf interchange.
Daniel Cross is a multi-disciplined award winning documentary filmmaker with a long history of directing and producing theatrical documentaries and exploring new media documentary approaches. He made his mark directing feature length films concerning issues of homelessness, THE STREET: a film with the homeless (1998), S.P.I.T: SqueegeePunks In Traffic (2001) and created an online interactive documentary experience working with the street community called www.HomelessNation.Org (2001) winning many new media awards, the most prestigious being the UN World Summit Award for e-inclusion. Together with eight Inuit students he co-directed the award winning film; Inuuvunga: I am Inuk Iam alive (2004), produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). In 2014 he co-directed the film Atanasoff for History TV, and in 2003 directed Chairman George for the BBC and CTV networks.
As a producer Cross has co-produced two Genie award-winning films Up the Yangtze, which also won the Golden Horse and Last Train Home, which also won 2 Emmy’s in 2014. In 2015 Jingle Bell Rocks was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards; Chameleon and Fortunate Son were both nominated for the International Feature Documentary prize at IDFA the world’s largest documentary festival in Amsterdam. Cross also co-produced the IDFA People’s Choice Award and Genie nominated film Rip: A Remix Manifesto. 2013 saw Fruit Hunters premiere in Berlin, 2012 saw China Heavyweight premiere at Sundance and in 2011 Vanishing Spring Light won the IDFA First Appearances Award.Daniel received the Trailblazer award at MIPDOC in Cannes, and was the inaugural Mentor of the Year recipient from the Canadian Media Producers Association. He participates in the IDFA Academy and has served on the boards of Hot Docs, the Documentary Organization of Canada and The Concordia University Documentary Center.
New media project Homeless Street Archive, Documentary in Canada: Emerging Technologies, Aesthetics, Discourses, Cultures (SSHRC Standard Research Grant, co-applicant with Thomas Waugh, Martin Allor and Liz Miller), Le projet de documentaire Nation Sans-Abris: vers l'appropriation d'un pouvoir de representation (FQRSC).
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