About Daniel

TEXAS HEART tells the story of Peter Franklin, a crooked lawyer who's caught up in a loveless existence and runs off to hide out in a backwoods Texas town.

There, after changing his name to Frank Stephens, he quickly encounters a compelling story involving a young man who's falsely accused of killing a beautiful girl. Frank soon faces an agonizing choice: ignore the case in order to remain anonymous and far from the prying eyes of the mob that are still looking for him or reach out and try to save the young man.

After a shocking twist in the case, Frank makes a choice that changes everything--for the young man and for himself.


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.


Many of Smith’s films 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.

Texas Heart

Smith is the author of four books, most recently, OUR FAMILY DREAMS, a novel-like narrative family saga that vividly explores the adventures of a Vermont family across 19th century America.