Daniel Clarkson Fisher is an essay filmmaker and writer based in Toronto. His films include Shock Values (2017) and the forthcoming The Crawfordsville Monster.

Danny is currently a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program at Ryerson University. He has also taken classes at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, a Master of Divinity from Naropa University, and a doctorate from University of the West. He previously served as an associate professor and department chair at University of the West, and as adjunct faculty for both Hartford Seminary and Antioch Education Abroad’s Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India.

Danny’s writing has appeared in outlets that include AlterNet, Bright Lights Film Journal, Nonfics, Lion’s Roar, Religion Dispatches, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Patheos, and the Journal of Religion & Film, and his video essays have been featured at No Film School, Movies.com, Filmscalpel, and Film School Rejects. He has also co-edited one book and contributed chapters to two others. In addition, he has commented on news stories and other topics for CNN, the Religion News Service, E! Entertainment Television, and Fandor Keyframe.

8385541594_1d9aa26991_oWatch Danny’s conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Tron, True Grit) and Zen Peacemakers founder Bernie Glassman for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series here. (Photo by Gary Leonard.)