Daniel Chein is an independent filmmaker whose work explores transculturalism and expressions of identity in the performative. His latest short About a Home will have its world premiere at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. His last short film Basha Man premiered at CAAMFest2017, where it won the AT&T Film Award. His feature documentary in production, Sonsplitter, profiles a gay German Turk dancer for the internationally renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch confronting traumatic silence within his family.

Daniel has collaborated with other filmmakers as an editor on Objector (2018) and Changa Revisited (2016); a director of photography on The Celine Archive (2020) and A Di Da (WIP); an associate producer on Our Time Machine (2018); and co-director/co-producer on Hoodie (WIP).

Daniel is a member of A-Doc and a board member of the Global Lives Project. Recently, he was a 2018 BAVC National Mediamaker Fellow, a North Star Resident at the Points North Institute, and a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Film. Daniel is currently a SFFILM FilmHouse resident and visiting faculty at the University of California Berkeley. He received a BA in Anthropology and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.

Filmography

2018

Director/Camera

Sonsplitter (in production)

2018

Co-Director/Producer

Hoodie (30 min) (in production)

2018

Associate Producer

Ma Liang’s Time Machine (85 min) (in post-production)

2017

Producer/Editor

American War (53 min)

2016

Director/Editor

Basha Man (12 min)

  • AT&T Student Film Award, CAAMFest 2017
  • Award of Recognition, IndieFEST

2016

Editor

Lives in Transit, Global Lives Project (32 min)

  • World Premiere, New York Film Festival

2016

Assistant Editor

Almost Sunrise (110 min)

2016

Assistant Editor

Out Run (75 min)

2016

Director/Editor

Shoot Me I’m Beautiful (6 min)

2016

Director/Camera

The Fallow Land (5 min)

2015

Editor

Changa Revisited (60 min)

  • Best Documentary, ASTRA Film Festival

2013

Editor

The Chairman and the Lions (47 min)

  • First Prize, ETNOFilm Festival
  • Jury Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival
Honors and Awards

2018

BAVC National Mediamaker Fellowship

2017

Princess Grace Award in Film

2016

Student Grant, Berkeley Film Foundation

Aurelio Alves Scholarship, Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation

2015

Jake Gimbel Graduate Scholarship, Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation

2014

Dr. Leslie and Phyllis Wong Scholarship, San Francisco State University

2014-2016

State University Grant, San Francisco State University