Danny Daneau is an up-and-coming filmmaker and motion picture editor with a body of work that reflects his personal struggles growing up. Most notably, he wrote and directed the feature length film THE ATTIC DOOR now available worldwide (Cinedigm, 2013). His most recent editorial work can be seen in the indie drama FREE RIDE, directed by Shana Betz and starring Anna Paquin, who also produced.
Born in the storybook world of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, England, Daneau moved to the states as a young lad and soon discovered his passion for film. Having to choose between a career in movies or his other passion of stage magic, he signed up for the newly formed Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema master’s program at the University of Central Florida. His student short film GOODNIGHT CHARLIE won several awards, played in dozens of festivals all over the world, and was even included as part of the in-flight entertainment for Frontier Airlines. Daneau’s thesis was the feature film THE ATTIC DOOR which he co-wrote with his college friend, Eric Ernst. The film premiered to sold out audiences at the Florida Film Festival and won Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Score at the Bend Film Festival. In 2013, the film was acquired by Cinedigm and is now available worldwide on streaming platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. Daneau currently resides in Los Angeles with his filmmaker wife and enjoys camping, traveling, and spending time with his family in Florida and Ecuador.
Producer Erica Harrell, the child of Cuban immigrants, was born and raised in the humid suburbs of Florida. While receiving her BA from the University of Central Florida, Erica produced her first short films, “Cat’s Bad Hair Day” and “No Boots on the Bed”. Harrell then directed her first documentary short “In the Nude” which explored the family lives of Nudists in Florida. In 2004, Harrell went to Barbados where she directed second unit on a feature length documentary called “Chattel House” which chronicled the development and change in Barbadian cultural history via the architecture of the Chattel Houses.
Harrell then began development on two narrative feature films. After collaborating very closely with the writer-directors, Harrell executive produced “The Attic Door” and “Acts of Mercy”. “The Attic Door” won Best Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Score at the Bend Film Festival. “Acts of Mercy” was an official selection of the Shanghai Film Festival and the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles. These two films were funded in parts by the Utah State Film Commission, the Kane County Film Commission and by a grant from Women in Film in Florida. Recently, Harrell completed post production on her third feature film, “2 28.” This film is based on a once anonymous blog that chronicled the day-to-day emotional roller coaster of suddenly testing positive for HIV.
Erica Harrell is currently working at Sony Pictures Entertainment coordinating 10 shows for Fox, Showtime, ABC, NBC and CBS while honing her love and passion for television directing.
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