Daniel Schmidt

Born in Connecticut, United States, in 1984, Schmidt earned a BFA in Film and Television studying at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as well as additional studies at Yale University.

Schmidt works in a variety of mediums, finding a focus in cinema through a series of divergent works that include: For Crying Out Loud, a serialized melodrama, Teen Opera, a television pilot (with Katie Widloski), and A History of Mutual Respect, a short (with Gabriel Abrantes) which won multiple international prizes including first prize at Locarno ’10, was a Tiger Award nominee at Rotterdam ’11, Best Experimental Film at Melbourne ’10, first prize at IndieLisboa ’10, second prize at Bucharest Experimental ‘11, and was mentioned as one of the Best Films of 2010 by BFI Sight & Sound. Palácios de Pena (with Abrantes) - premiered at the Venice Film Festival \'11 (Orizzonti/Horizons and Queer Lion Awards nominee), and played around the world including Viennale ’11, Rotterdam ’12, BAFICI ’12, San Francisco ’12, Jeonju ’12, the inaugural edition of First Look at the Museum of Moving Image (New York) ’12; was first prize at Ann Arbor ’12, Chicago Underground ‘12,  and 25fps Experimental ’12; and is mentioned as a Highlight of Avant-Garde Cinema 2011 by Andreá Picard (Indiewire) and one of the Best Films of 2012 by Senses of Cinema.

Schmidt presents works in a variety of contexts - including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Whitechapel Gallery, Galeria Vermelho, Centre Culturel Suisse, WORM, and the Villa Medici. Schmidt is an alumnus of the Cannes Cinefondation L’Atelier, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Rotterdam CineMart. Shmidt was artist-in-residency at Fundação Armando Alvares Pendteado, São Paulo, 2012.

Currently working on two different projects. The first is a fiction (with Alexander Carver - Columbia MFA multi-disciplinary artist and Chi Jang Yin - award winning experimental video artist) exploring the geographies of international particle physics super colliders, the Sonoran desert (USA/Mexico), and the national park of Zhangjiajie (China) - in post-production. The second is a fiction with Abrantes concerning adoption crises and aid politics in Haiti and Brasil - in pre-production.

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