Daniel Blake Smith is an award-winning filmmaker at home in nonfiction and narrative genres. He wrote and co-produced the PBS-aired ”February One,” a documentary about the 1960 Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter sit-in that helped launch the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and two prize-winning documentaries (both narrated by film star James Earl Jones) about Native American life: “Cherokee Legacy: The Trail of Tears,” and “Black Indians: An American Story.” Smith’s documentary biopic about Edgar Allan Poe (“Terror of the Soul”), starring John Heard and Treat Williams with music by Philip Glass, aired on PBS’ “American Masters” series, and his documentary “Kentucky—An American Story” (narrated by Ashley Judd) aired on Kentucky Educational Television. He wrote and produced the 2016 drama “Texas Heart” starring John Savage. In this episode, Dr. Smith (he also has a Ph.D from of Virginia) talks about his distinguished cinema career.
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