Daniel is an independent filmmaker who values documentary as a means to explore complex social issues and humanize people. He is the co-director of Crossing Arizona, which revealed how a series of U.S. policies were responsible for a swelling incidence of migrant deaths along the U.S./Mexico the border. The film was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and recipient of CINE’s Golden Eagle award in 2006.
In 2012, Dan partnered with award-winning journalist Valeria Fernandez to document the hazards of using local police in the enforcement of federal immigration law. The resulting film, Two Americans, explored the issue through the eyes of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Kathy Figueroa, a 9-year old girl whose parents were arrested in one of the Sheriff’s notorious workplace raids. The film aired nationally on Al Jazeera America.