Influences

Danny’s favorite films include:

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) by Thom Andersen
  • An Injury to One (2002) by Travis Wilkerson
  • The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) by Octavio Getino and Fernando E. Solanas
  • Far From Vietnam (1967) by Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Alain Resnais, and Claude Lelouch
  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick
  • The Corporation (2003) by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott
  • A Grin Without a Cat (1977) by Chris Marker
  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993) by Alanis Obomsawin
  • Why We Fight (2005) by Eugene Jarecki
  • CITIZENFOUR (2014) by Laura Poitras

In addition, the books that have been especially important and influential in his development as a filmmaker include:

  • The Video Activist Handbook (2001) by Thomas Harding
  • Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism (2014), edited by Svetla Turnin and Ezra Winton
  • The Politics of Documentary (2008) by Michael Chanan
  • Film and the Anarchist Imagination (1999) by Richard Porton
  • Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas (2017) by Chris Robé
  • Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (2015) by Robert Stam with Richard Porton and Leo Goldsmith
  • The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics (2016), edited by Yannis Tzioumakis and Claire Molloy
  • The Struggle for the Film: Towards a Socially Responsible Cinema (1986) by Hans Richter
  • Questions of Third Cinema (1990), edited by Jim Pines and Paul Willemen
  • Rethinking Third Cinema (2003), edited by Anthony R. Guneratne and Wimal Dissanayake
  • Political Film: The Dialectics of Third Cinema (2001) by Mike Wayne
  • Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives (2005), edited by Mike Wayne
  • Marxism and Film Activism: Screening Alternative Worlds (2015, edited by Ewa Mazierska and Lars Kristensen
  • Cinéma Militant: Political Filmmaking and May 1968 (2016) by Paul Douglas Grant
  • Film as a Subversive Art (1974) by Amos Vogel
  • Be Sand, Not Oil: The Life and Work of Amos Vogel (2014), edited by Paul Cronin
  • Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film (1988) by Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner
  • Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture (2011) by Chris Robé
  • Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary (2008) by Jonathan Kahana
  • They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary (1994) by Paula Rabinowitz
  • A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 (2016) by Graham Cassano
  • Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence (2013), edited by Joram ten Brink and Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web (2014), edited by Laura Rascaroli, Barry Monahan, and Gwenda Young
  • Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema (2007), edited by Janine Marchessault and Susan Lord
  • The Kinematic Turn: Film in the Digital Era and Its Ten Problems (2012) by André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion
  • The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker (2011) by Timothy Corrigan
  • Essays on the Essay Film (2017), edited by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan
  • The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (2010) by Laura Rascaroli
  • How the Essay Film Thinks (2017) by Laura Rascaroli
  • The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia (2016), edited by Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades
  • The Cinema of Me: Self and Subjectivity in First-Person Documentary Film (2012) by Alisa Lebow
  • The Autobiographical Documentary in America (2002) by Jim Lane
  • Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film (1996), edited by Charles Warren
  • The Documentary Film Reader: History, Theory, Criticism (2016), edited by Jonathan Kahana
  • The Documentary Film Book (2013), edited by Brian Winston
  • Contemporary Documentary (2015), edited by Daniel Marcus and Selmin Kara
  • The Cinematic (2007), edited by David Company
  • Movie Journal: The Rise of the New American Cinema, 1959-1971, Second Edition (2016) by Jonas Mekas; edited by Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker
  • Cinema Nation: The Best Writing on Film from The Nation, 1913-2000 (2000), edited by Carl Bromley
  • Left in the Dark: Film Reviews and Essays 1988-2001 (2002) by Stuart Klawans
  • Film After Film: Or, What Became Of 21St Century Cinema? (2012) by J. Hoberman
  • Movies as Politics (1997) by Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • The Devil Finds Work (1976) by James Baldwin
  • Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies (1996) by bell hooks
  • In Search of La Grande Illusion: A Critical Appreciation of Jean Renoir’s Elusive Masterpiece (2013) by Nicholas MacDonald
  • Believing Is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography) (2011) by Errol Morris
  • Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (2013) by Fred Ritchin
  • How to See the World (2014) by Nicholas Mirzoeff
  • Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) by Chris Hedges
  • A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements (2015) by Nicolas Lampert
  • Artists in Times of War (2003) by Howard Zinn
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988) by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
  • Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (1989) by Noam Chomsky
  • Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (2002) by Noam Chomsky
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985) by Neil Postman
  • Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1978) by Jerry Mander
  • The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (2014) by Astra Taylor
  • Alternative and Activist Media (2005) by Mitzi Waltz
  • Alternative and Activist New Media (2011) by Leah A. Lievrouw
  • Astro Noise: A Survival Guide for Living Under Total Surveillance (2016) by Laura Poitras