Influences

Danny’s favorite films include:

  • Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) by Thom Andersen
  • Stevie (2002) by Steve James
  • The Missing Picture (2013) by Rithy Panh
  • CITIZENFOUR (2014) by Laura Poitras
  • Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) by Errol Morris
  • Bright Leaves (2003) by Ross McElwee
  • Stories We Tell (2012) by Sarah Polley
  • Cameraperson (2016) by Kirsten Johnson
  • Room 237 (2012) by Rodney Ascher
  • The Gleaners and I (2000) by Agnès Varda

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

  • The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker (2011) by Timothy Corrigan
  • Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism (2014), edited by Svetla Turnin and Ezra Winton
  • Film and the Anarchist Imagination (1999) by Richard Porton
  • Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics (2015) by Robert Stam with Richard Porton and Leo Goldsmith
  • 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
  • Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin (2014)
  • Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo (2009) by Werner Herzog
  • The Politics of Documentary (2008) by Michael Chanan
  • Intelligence Work: The Politics of American Documentary (2008) by Jonathan Kahana
  • They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary (1994) by Paula Rabinowitz
  • Cinéma Militant: Political Filmmaking and May 1968 (2016) by Paul Douglas Grant
  • Questions of Third Cinema (1990), edited by Jim Pines and Paul Willemen
  • Political Film: The Dialectics of Third Cinema (2001) by Mike Wayne
  • Rethinking Third Cinema (2003), edited by Anthony R. Guneratne and Wimal Dissanayake
  • The Cinema of Me: Self and Subjectivity in First-Person Documentary Film (2012) by Alisa Lebow
  • The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (2010) by Laura Rascaroli
  • The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia (2016), edited by Elizabeth Papazian and Caroline Eades
  • The Autobiographical Documentary in America (2002) by Jim Lane
  • Amateur Filmmaking: The Home Movie, the Archive, the Web (2014), edited by Laura Rascaroli, Barry Monahan, and Gwenda Young
  • Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers (2013), edited by Jessica Edwards
  • Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence (2013), edited by Joram ten Brink and Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Constructivism in Film – A Cinematic Analysis: The Man with the Movie Camera (1987) by Vlada Petrić
  • A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 (2016) by Graham Cassano
  • Beyond Document: Essays on Nonfiction Film (1996), edited by Charles Warren
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens (2014) by Stephen Apkon
  • 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
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988) by Edward S. Herman and 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