Arkansans hoping to catch an award-winning, up-and-coming film director need not travel to Hollywood.
Instead, they only need look toward the career of Daniel Campbell, a Benton native and marketing graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Campbell is the award-winning writer and director of three short films, each of which has screened at Oscar qualifying film festivals across the U.S.
In fact, he is the only person in Little Rock Film Festival history to win the Charles B. Pierce award three times in a row, most recently for The Discontentment of Ed Telfair, which was named the 2013 winner of the “Made in Arkansas Best Short.”
Now Campbell can this accomplishment to his impressive and growing resume: Acceptance to the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival. The Academy Award-qualifying festival accepts only three percent of films submitted.
Even Arkansas Film Commissioner Christopher Crane recently touted Campbell’s skill to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“[Campbell] is a great example of someone who is an Arkansan who has worked the craft, been able to work in films we’ve recruited here to get experience and to validate himself as a filmmaker.”
Campbell is scheduled to work on actor James Franco’s next film and will shoot his own full-length feature film next year for the first time.
“This career path presents many opportunities to communicate effectively, successfully lead others, and think critically in order to express ideas,” Campbell said.
“These are all skills that I attained during my years at UALR while earning my business degree, and they have proven to be very advantageous for my work in the film industry.”