Daniel Adams (director)

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Daniel Adams

Daniel R. Adams is an American feature film director. He is best known for directing and writing the films The Lightkeepers, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, and The Golden Boys, starring David Carradine, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn, Charles Durning, and Mariel Hemingway.[1]

Adams grew up in the Boston area, worked for several political campaigns before going into movies. After working in politics, including two gubernatorial campaigns, a race for attorney general, and a presidential campaign, he also directed television commercials for a Boston advertising agency.

He then co-wrote and directed his first feature film in 1989, A Fool And His Money (originally titled, Religion, Inc.), which starred Sandra Bullock (Adams cast Ms. Bullock in her first leading role), Jonathan Penner, George Plimpton and Jerzy Kosinski (released through Trimark Pictures - now Lions Gate). He then went on to write and direct his second feature,Primary Motive, which starred Judd Nelson, Justine Bateman, Richard Jordan, John Savage and Sally Kirkland, for Twentieth Century Fox. His third feature, which he also wrote and directed, was a comedy entitled, The Mouse, starring Rip Torn and John Savage, and released through Strand Releasing. His film, The Golden Boys, was released through Roadside Attractions and Lions Gate Films in 2009. Also in 2009, he directed the feature film, The Lightkeepers, from a script he wrote. Lightkeepers, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, was released through New Films Cinema in the spring of 2010.

His film, "The Lightkeepers" was chosen as the closing night film for the Palm Springs International Film Festival,[2] and was the opening night film for the Boulder International Film Festival,[3] won the "Golden Angel" award (best picture) and chosen closing night film at the Los Angeles Chinese-American Film Festival,[4] was named the #2 Best Grown Up Love Story of the Year (2010) by AARP Magazine,[5] and won the 2010 "best musical score for a comedy" award by the International Film Music Critics Association.[6][7] Two-time Academy Award nominated actor Bruce Dern has compared Adams' directing style to Hal Ashby and Alfred Hitchcock, and commented, "He (Adams) is on the threshold of becoming an extremely interesting commodity in this business because he's really old-school - he's an old-school filmmaker." [8] And Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been quoted, "Daniel is a smart man, who truly understands the old values of filmmaking... He is an excellent writer and perhaps enough people will see The Lightkeepers to appreciate that." [9]

As a novelist, he conceived, edited and contributed to the serial novel, Out Of The Fog, working with a dozen authors. Also a historian, he is writing a biography of American patriot James Otis, Jr.

His next projects include the gangster drama, "Curtain of Fire"[10] and the action film, "Panama." [11]

Adams recently completed the film, "An L.A. Minute" which he co-wrote with National Lampoon alum Larry "Ratso" Sloman. [12] The film was released in theaters in the summer of 2018 through Strand Releasing[13].

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Gilsdorf, Ethan (2007-06-03). "Not the retiring type - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  2. ^ "Closing Night Gala 2010 | 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival". Psfilmfest.org. 2009-12-24. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  3. ^ "BIFF brings out Boulder's film buffs - Boulder Daily Camera". Dailycamera.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  4. ^ "The Lightkeepers". Cafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  5. ^ Newcott, Bill (2011-01-14). "Movies for Grownups Awards 2011 - Best Grownup Love Story: Annette Ben..." AARP. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  6. ^ "Pinar Toprak receives her IFMCA Award for The Lightkeepers | IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association". Filmmusiccritics.org. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  7. ^ "Homepage". Danieladams.la. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  8. ^ http://news.moviefone.com/2010/05/08/new-old-news-bruce-dern-on-working-with-hitchcock-hal-ashby/
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/news/ni1895342/
  10. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/filmmaker-daniel-adams-breaks-silence-683100
  11. ^ https://variety.com/2014/artisans/news/daniel-adams-panama-first-post-prison-project-1201302305/
  12. ^ http://deadline.com/2016/05/spiderworx-media-50m-film-fund-daniel-adams-mike-flanders-an-l-a-muinute-1201747765/
  13. ^ https://www.etonline.com/kiersey-clemons-becomes-an-overnight-sensation-in-an-la-minute-trailer-exclusive-104246

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