- Biography -
Danny graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Communication Arts and Design before going to New York to pursue his love of film. He graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in film and a focus in cinematography. While there, he shot over forty short films, winning the Wasserman Award for Best Cinematography eleven times.
Danny shot 'Amira & Sam', which was directed by Sean Mullin and released by Drafthouse Films. The film won the Best Narrative Feature award at ten film festivals.
'Bob and the Trees' (co-shot with Chris Teague) was directed by Diego Ongaro. It won the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography at the Woodstock Film Festival, was awarded the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
Danny was the cinematographer on 'Raw Craft', a series sponsored by Balvenie Whiskey. It followed Anthony Bourdain as he interacted with the best artisans in the country.
Danny collaborated with Alrick Brown on ‘Kinyarwanda', which was awarded the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, among other honors. ‘Kinyarwanda’ has the distinction of being one of Roger Ebert's Top Ten Films of the year. He worked with Alrick again on a Spike Lee Lil Joint called 'Of The Father And of the Son' for ESPN. The 30 for 30 documentary followed David Robinson, the son of Jackie Robinson, to his coffee farm in rural Tanzania.
He also shot 'Shadows and Lies', an artistic crime noir directed by Jay Anania and starring James Franco. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Stephen Holden of the New York Times called the film a “Poetic Noir… Glowingly photographed… beautifully shot”. John Anderson of Variety said it was “Visually arresting”.
Other films that Danny has shot include ‘The Locksmith’, directed by Brad and Todd Barnes (Winner - Best of Next Award, Sundance Film Festival), 'BFF', directed by Neil LaBute (Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival), and '1982', directed by Tommy Oliver (Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival.
Danny’s narrative and commercial work has taken him abroad to over 20 countries and 47 of the 50 United States. He has shot commercial and branded work for such companies as Porsche, Mailchimp, Absolut, Wacom, L’Oreal, Mercedes Benz, Guardian Insurance, and the NBA.
Danny is based in Brooklyn, NY.