When a down-on-his-luck 20-something discovers his blood cures cancer, he quickly finds himself dangerously poised between the rush of fame and fortune and the hot pursuit of Big Pharma determined to eliminate him and his “miracle blood.”   LIMITLESS meets THE FUGITIVE.


(romantic drama)

A young, sophisticated woman, suspicious of love, falls for a man with a reputation for breaking hearts, only to confront a shocking personal tragedy for their relationship to survive.  Based on Joaanne Schwehm’s novel, Unexpected Chance (2013).


(romantic drama)
Co-authored with Elizabeth Anne Martin

A self-centered woman contributes to a car crash killing a mysterious and beautiful young man, and then seeks redemption by becoming involved with the victim's identical twin brother-only to be shocked at where destiny finally takes her. 

The Phoenix

THE PHOENIX is a dramatic feature film project that explores the remarkable true-life story of Harold Dennis--a young man who pulled himself away from a tragic, transforming moment and revived his life with moving courage and inspiring vigor.

About Daniel

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 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.

Upcoming Films

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 work includes various film and book projects, recently completed and in development.  He is the co-writer/producer of TEXAS HEART, (Indie Rights, 2016) a crime thriller, starring John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), and Jared Abrahamson (HELLO DESTROYER), available now on all major digital platforms (Amazon, iTunes, Fandango, Vudu, etc.) as well as on DVD via Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.  THE KISS, a romantic drama he co-authored with Elizabeth Anne Martin, is in preproduction.  And his most recent book, OUR FAMILY DREAMS:   THE FLETCHERS'  ADVENTURE ACROSS 19TH CENTURY AMERICA, which came out last summer with St. Martin’s Press, is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores everywhere.