Bio


Daniel Blake Smith is a writer and filmmaker who loves to tell true, compelling American stories. Raised in the north Texas town of Wolfe City and educated at Oklahoma State University and the University of Virginia (where he received his doctorate in American history), Smith is the author of three books, most recently a stirring find-bride-comments.net narrative account about early Virginia, The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown, and a new book about the internal struggles in Indian country that culminated in the epic tragedy of forced removal, An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears.

Many of Smith’s films likewise focus on powerful, pivotal moments in our nation’s past: he wrote and coproduced ”February One,” a documentary about the 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter sit-in that helped launch the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. “February One” aired nationally on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens.’ He also wrote 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’s “American Masters” series. Smith’s documentary history of Kentucky, narrated by Ashley Judd, “Kentucky—An American Story,” aired in May 2011 on Kentucky Educational Television.

Smith’s current film work includes a variety of documentary and dramatic feature projects in development. He is the writer/producer of “The Phoenix,” a true dramatic story of courage and recovery. “Blood Born” is a medical thriller about how a remarkable discovery transforms essay writer online a man’s life—and those around him. Smith is writer/producer for “Impact: After the Crash,” a feature documentary about the 1988 Carrolton, Kentucky, bus crash—the worst drunk-driving accident in U.S. history.

Formerly a professor of American History at the University of Kentucky, Daniel Blake Smith now lives in St. Louis.

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