Named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film,’ and a fellow of IFP’s 2011 Emerging Visions symposium, Danielle Lurie is a New York City based filmmaker and photographer. She has been shooting films and photos since graduating from Stanford University in 2000 with a BA in Philosophy.
Danielle’s debut short film, In the Morning, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and has won six film festivals to date including ‘Best Narrative Short’ at the Oscar qualifying Nashville Film Festival. In November 2005, In The Morning was invited to screen before the U.S. Congress at the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on Honor Killings, and later screened before UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women). Right after In The Morning, Danielle made the short impromptu documentary 81-Year-Old Sweethearts, about an 81-year-old man she randomly met on a plane who was flying across the country to re-meet his high school sweetheart after 62 years – which was has reached over half a million views online (YouTube and Vimeo combined).
Danielle has filmed a documentary in Uganda where she lived in an IDP (Internally Displaced People) Camp as well as a feature length documentary following Sheryl Crow’s Global Warming tour through the deep south, produced by Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth). On the narrative side, Danielle has written screenplay adaptations of Jamaica Kincaid’s novel, Lucy, to star Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as well as an excerpt of Nicholas Kristof’s best selling book, Half the Sky, directed by Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone, for a PBS series.
In 2011, Danielle wrote and directed the short film, Tiny Miny Magic, which is a whimsical tale of a love story gone postal, starring Jennifer Lafleur and Ross Partridge. Danielle's most recent short film, Intuition, was filmed in the summer of 2013 in Barcelona, Spain and is about to begin it's festival run.
Danielle is currently in development on the feature-length version of In the Morning, titled Fortunate Sons, that will co-star Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Punch Drunk Love) and is also adapting another Nicholas Kristof NY Times article into a full-length screenplay about a female vigilante in India that she will direct titled Usha. She has recently become attached to direct Slugger, a feature film written by Jimmy Miller about a teenage girl who dreams of becoming the first female to play Major League Baseball.
Danielle is a member of Film Fatales, a NYC based collective of female filmmakers: filmfatalesnyc.com/
Danielle is also an exhibiting photographer, painter, and video-artist. She also writes about women in film for Filmmaker Magazine. You can read her latest piece on the Women of Sundance 2014 here: filmmakermagazine.com/83257-the-women-of-sundance-2014/