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Daniel A. Miller

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Daniel A. Miller


Daniel A. Miller has been producing, writing, and directing award-winning television documentaries for more than a decade. He is currently producing for PBS The Last Speakers, America's first look at how languages become endangered, and the awesome task of recording, archiving, and returning them to use.

Daniel produced and wrote America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (PBS, 2002), which investigates the engineering, business, and politics of reconstruction at the World Trade Center site. Narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, it premiered September 10, 2002, as PBS's signature broadcast of its 9/11-anniversary programming. The Arizona Republic said the show "neither exploits the tragedy... nor allows us to forget its impact." The New York Post ranked the program among its five favorites about 9/11. New York Newsday's Marvin Kitman called it "the one show I will be watching." Time observed, "We could have used more coverage that looked forward, like the PBS documentary America Rebuilds."

Daniel produced and wrote Bridging New York, about the eleven major spans that connect New York City, and Electric Nation, about how electricity spread throughout the country, for the four-part series Great Projects: The Building of America (PBS, 2002). "As with all the best documentaries," reported the Associated Press, "Great Projects is rich in historical sights and sounds [and] filled with intriguing interviews." "The films show the great visions of engineers and the spectacle of construction," added Engineering News-Record, "taking viewers to places where most people usually can't go. We should all be watching."

Daniel produced, wrote, and directed the two-hour Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War (PBS, 1999), which examines the United States' first overseas conflict. Narrated by Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Edward James Olmos, the show was dubbed by Forbes "a fascinating, clear-eyed look"; the Associated Press "a history lesson with spark and drama"; and CBS News Sunday Morning's John Leonard "a first-rate and emphatically opinionated public-television documentary." The program won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Television Competition; the Silver Award at the WorldFest Flagstaff; and official selection at the Vermont International Film Festival and the Council on Foundations Film and Video Festival.

Daniel was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming for The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (PBS, 1997). Narrated by Emmy and Peabody Award-winner David Brinkley, the film recounts Eichmann's capture and 1961 trial, the first ever televised. Daniel also co-produced and wrote Adolf Eichmann: Hitler's Master of Death (A&E Biography, 1997) and associate produced the Academy Award-nominated An Essay on Matisse (PBS, 1996).

Daniel produced and wrote Paul H. Nitze: Reflections of A Cold Warrior (1996) for the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Narrated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, the film was commissioned in honor of Ambassador Nitze, whose career in the Defense and State Departments spanned Presidents Roosevelt through Reagan.

Daniel co-founded Ironbound Films in 2003. He lives in Cold Spring, New York, with his wife Mindy, their son Sander, and their pit bull Lila.

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