Daniel J. Chalfen is a documentary film and television producer and the co-founder of Naked Edge Films.
His most recent films include Chris Bell's "Prescription Thugs" (Tribeca '15); Mike Attie and Meghan O'Hara's "In Country" (Full Frame, Hot Docs, 2014) which opened theatrically and was released on VOD in April 2015; Gabriel London's "The Mind of Mark DeFriest" (Hot Docs, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2014) which was released theatrically and aired on Showtime in March 2015; and Academy Award-nominated director James Spione's"Silenced" (Tribeca, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, 2014), which aired on ARTE (France and Germany), DirecTV (USA), CBC (Canada) and NHK (Japan) in February 2015 and is being released worldwide via Netflix and VOD later this year.
Daniel’s other recent documentaries include Participant Media’s "State 194” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened at the Berlin Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the US in May 2013; the Columbia DuPont award-winning “The Revisionaries,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award and was acquired by Kino Lorber, and which broadcast in the US on PBS’ Independent Lens series; “Code of the West,” which premiered at SXSW and following a 12-city theatrical run was broadcast on PBS and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award winner for Televised News Division – Investigative Reporting; “Pretty Old,” executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Documentary; "Farewell to Hollywood," executive produced by Livestrong, which premiered at IDFA; and "Town Hall," which was broadcast on PBS.
Daniel’s earlier credits include the Tribeca Film Festival and Silverdocs audience award-winning “Donor Unknown” for ARTE, More 4, VPRO and PBS’ Independent Lens; “GONE,” which premiered at Tribeca and was acquired by Discovery ID; Emmy-nominated “War Don Don,” which premiered at SXSW, where it won a Special Jury Mention and was acquired by HBO Documentary Films; “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan,” executive produced by Danny Glover; Berlin, Tribeca and Silverdocs awards winner “Budrus”which was acquired by Al Jazeera America and HBO Latin America; "Meeting Resistance," winner of the Golden Award at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, and released theatrically across the US by First Run Features; and the Academy Award short-listed “39 Pounds of Love” for HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films.
Daniel’s non-fiction television series include “Happy France” for ARTE and “Ordinary People,” which was broadcast worldwide.
In 2013, Daniel appeared as an on-screen judge in the Glenn Beck & Vince Vaughn Executive Produced non-scripted television competition series “Pursuit of the Truth.”
Daniel is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Cinema, Television, and Theater, Los Angeles, (Professional Certificate in Producing); the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (MA Israeli Politics and Society); and the University of Leeds, England (BA Honours, Politics and Religious Studies). Daniel is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Founding Member of the DCTV Cinema Advisory Council.
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