Daniel is an award-winning screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. His feature documentary “Lives Not Grades” about the journey of this course is being distributed by PBS.  He is also producing the highly anticipated documentary “Freischwimmer” for European networks ARD and ARTE. His screenplay “Climbers” about Rwanda’s first cycling team was optioned by Paris-based Forecast Features. He is currently writing “Miracles In War” about the fight to bring ISIS to justice against the genocide committed against the Yazidis and Christians in Iraq. His screenplay “Marjan,” about a girl living through the Syrian civil war, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Washington and an M.F.A. in Film & TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to filmmaking and teaching, Daniel has managed international logistics as an operations supervisor for UPS Supply Chain Solutions and has led relief operations in partnership with several NGOs in China, India, Mexico, Sudan, Romania, and The Republic of Moldova.  He is also the host and producer of the USC Viterbi podcast Escape Velocity.

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