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 five books, most recently, MR. WONDERFUL, his debut novel.

Upcoming Films

About Daniel

Many of Smith’s films focus on powerful, pivotal moments in our nation’s past:  he wrote and coproduced FEBRUARY ONE, a feature documentary about the 1960 Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter sit-in that helped launch the Civil Rights Movement.  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 film star Ashley Judd, KENTUCKY:  AN AMERICAN STORY, aired on regional PBS.

Smith’s current work includes various film and book projects, recently completed and in development. He is the co-author/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. Smith’s newest film projects include his thriller, BLOOD BORN, featuring legendary TV and film star Ed Asner, Jeremy Sumpter (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; FRAILTY), and Lydia Hearst (Z NATION; GOSSIP GIRL); and two short films: SAFE AND HAPPY (about to go out to festivals); and MEMORY BOX, selected in 2018-9 by 25 film festivals. 

His debut novel, MR. WONDERFUL, is now available as paperback or ebook on Amazon.



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.


A fiercely honest, true story of a seasoned journalist caught in a war zone occupied both by the Taliban and the personal trouble of his own making. Based on Carmen Gentile's powerful new memoir, Blindsided by the Taliban.


A visit to a loved one leads to a shattering revelation.


An ex-cop who for years has kept an explosive secret from his wife and the world is suddenly exposed at a critical moment--with life-changing consequences.

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.


(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.