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Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and emigrated to the US at the age of four. A native bi-lingual of Russian and English, he grew up in San Francisco with exposure to Azerbaijani, Russian/Soviet, Jewish and American cultures, all of which have influenced his creativity.

His passion for film began with photography at 16 and by the time Daniel was 17 he had already shot a 16mm self reflective short film which he screened at a film festival he started at school.

His formal education in filmmaking began with Columbia College Hollywood along with a position as Preview Technician for the Hollywood Motion Picture Film "SWAT." This further led him to a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. For his thesis Daniel shot a Super 16mm short in Portugal as well as Directed a documentary film about Japanese Artisan Craftsmanship which he screened at various design festivals around the world along with the Japanese Embassy in London for 6 weeks.

In November 2010, Daniel completed his Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London and has since moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area after a 5 1/2 year stay in London, UK.

More recently, he has directed a reality TV series in Azerbaijan; a business show that has changed both the business mood and quality of television in the country. Daniel is constantly expanding his creative work with music videos, commercial work, documentaries, and narrative pieces. Currently he's working on a screenplay based on a book he optioned.