Talent Guide

Daniel Cardone

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2019


Daniel F. Cardone’s first feature film, the powerful and evocative documentary Desert Migration, premiered at Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco, in 2015, before going on to screen at over 60 festivals & events worldwide and tour 23 US cities as a part of AARP’s ‘Movies For Grownups’ program. Reviewers described Desert Migration as “stark, intense and hauntingly beautiful” and applauded Daniel’s ability to “…create an immersive experience that is deeply affecting and lingers in the mind long after the film has ended.” Born in Australia, Daniel began his career working on critically acclaimed productions such as The Home Song Stories, Animal Kingdom, and the Emmy Award-winning The Pacific. Daniel was also an Associate Producer on the Australian sitcom Outland, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. After moving to the US, Daniel directed the segment ‘Construct’ of the feature documentary Still Around (2011, distributed by Outcast Films), in addition to writing and directing the short film ‘Incident’, which premiered at Palm Springs Shortfest in 2012. Daniel also directed the second unit sequences for the feature length documentary The Life & Crimes of Doris Payne. Most recently, Daniel has directed a series of short documentaries for digital content producer Davey Wavey.

Current Project

Who Is Patina Manly?


Fresh from rehab and recovering at his mother’s home in Palm Springs, drag performer Jonah is visited by bad influence Jared, who plots to unravel Jonah’s positive growth by pressuring him to recreate the drag character that derailed his life – the monstrous Patina Manly.