WON'T BACK DOWN
DANIEL BARNZ (Director/Co-Screenwriter) confronts unusual
and frequently challenging subject matter in a way that is both emotional and
captivating for audiences. With his keen visual eye and artistic edge, Barnz
elicits memorable performances, and he counts himself extremely blessed to be
collaborating with some of the finest actors working in film today.
Barnz's feature directorial debut, the award-winning "Phoebe in Wonderland,"
starring Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson and Elle Fanning, premiered in
competition at Sundance 2008, and was released nationally in 2009. Barnz went on
to adapt and direct "Beastly," which was released in 2011 and starred Alex
Pettyfer in his breakout role.
Inspired by his Kafka-esque experiences developing in Hollywood, Barnz wrote
and made his directorial debut with the popular festival-circuit short film "The
Cutting Room," which tells the story of a trailer park inhabited by characters
that have been cut out of books, plays, movies and TV shows. In 2007, Barnz was
named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film and in 2008
one of Variety's Top Ten Directors to Watch.
In his early career, Barnz spent many seasons at the Williamstown Theatre
Festival before moving to Los Angeles to direct for Tim Robbins's theater
company, The Actors' Gang. Shortly thereafter, Barnz entered the MFA program at
the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. After
graduating, Barnz got his start in the industry writing screenplays, including
"Sugarland" for Jodie Foster, "Under and Alone" for Mel Gibson and "Rogue" for
Barnz was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, and received his B.A. from
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