Talent Guide

Daniel Casey

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2013


Daniel Casey, a native of Detroit, Michigan, made his indie debut in 2007 with a shoestring budgeted feature titled The Death of Michael Smith. The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and received a special jury award. In 2009, one of Casey?s follow-up screenplays, Jimmy Six, made the Hollywood Blacklist and was purchased by Whitewater Films. Casey has since been making his living via screenwriting work for various studios and production companies including 20th Century Fox, Imagine Entertainment and Universal. He has also remained active in directing where possible, premiering narrative shorts Wonderboy and Cargo at the Cinequest and Slamdance film festivals in 2011. Casey received an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and his BFA in digital cinema from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Labs. He is also the recipient of the Tom Yoda Scholarship and the Annenberg Foundation Grant. Casey is eagerly anticipating a return to feature directing, having recently completed the screenplay for Straight Edge, a project he hopes to shoot in late 2013.

Current Project

Straight Edge


Vick, a lonely and sickly sixteen-year-old, changes forever when he falls into the rebellious, tumultuous and sometimes violent world of straight edge punk culture.