Daniel Cross is founder of EyeSteelFilm in Montreal, named by Real Screen Magazine as a top100 non-fiction production company in the world. He is an Associate Professor and previous Chair of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University.
In November 2015 Cross’ latest feature documentary I am the Blues premiered at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA), and won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary.
He made his mark directing feature length films concerning issues of homelessness, The Street: a film with the homeless (1998), and S.P.I.T: Squeegee Punks In Traffic (2001). Together with eight Inuit students he co-directed the award winning film; Inuuvunga: I am Inuk I am alive (2004).
As a producer Cross has co-produced two Genie award-winning films Up the Yangtze, which also won the Golden Horse and Last Train Home, which also won 2 Emmy’s in 2014. In 2015 Jingle Bell Rocks was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards; Chameleon and Fortunate Son. Cross also co-produced the IDFA People’s Choice Award and Genie nominated film Rip: A Remix Manifesto. 2013 saw Fruit Hunters premiere in Berlin, 2012 saw China Heavyweight premiere at Sundance and in 2011 Vanishing Spring Light won the IDFA First Appearances Award.
Daniel Cross is the father of 2 grown boys Gabriel and Nathaniel and life partner with Carolyn.
Where were you born, where did you grow up, where do you live now?
Buffalo, NY – Crystal Beach, ON – Montreal, QC
First film you made, and where and when?
Danny Boy, Montreal, QC, 1986
Latest film you made, and where and when?
I am the Blues, 2017, Mississippi
Describe your current living space.
Dorval Island, QC
What Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?
In the history of cinema whose isolation move would you want to see?
Worst thing about being in isolation?
Best thing about being in isolation?
Favourite book to read in isolation?
Favourite music to listen to in isolation?
John Lee Hooker
Favourite movies to watch in isolation?
Mel Brooks films
Favourite meal in isolation?
What’s the last best thing you cooked?