Daniel Cross, MFA
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 a Professor and previous Chair of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University. Cross also served on the University’s Board of Governors and is a member of the Provost’s Circle of Distinction. He was recently appointed Research Chair in Interactive Documentary Filmmaking.
Cross’ latest feature documentary I AM THE BLUES won the Canada Screen Award (Canada's Oscar) for Best Theatrical Documentary and Best Cinematography. The film screened at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), SXSW and Hot Docs. www.iamthebluesmovie.com,
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 (2001-2012) 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 received several Genie and Canada Screen Awards including Up the Yangtze, which also won the Golden Horse (China's Oscar), Last Train Home, which also won 2 Emmy’s and I AM THE BLUES. Jingle Bell Rocks won Best of the Fest at Yorkton, Vanishing Spring Light, Last Train Home won at IDFA while Chameleon and Fortunate Son were nominated for IDFA's International Feature Documentary prize. Cross also co-produced the IDFA People’s Choice Award and Genie nominated film Rip: A Remix Manifesto. Fruit Hunters premiered in Berlin and 7 films including China Heavyweight, premiered at Sundance.Daniel received the DOC Institute's Luminary Award, the Trailblazer award at MIPDOC in Cannes, the Don Haig Award 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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