Founder & Producer
Daniel J. Chalfen is a multiple Emmy nominated and DuPont winning film and television producer and a co-founder of Naked Edge Films. His documentaries have premiered at the world’s foremost film festivals, including Berlin, SXSW, Toronto and Tribeca, have been released by companies including Samuel Goldwyn Films, Participant Media, and Kino Lorber, and have aired worldwide including on Al Jazeera, ARTE, CBC, DirecTV, Discovery, HBO, More4, Netflix, NHK, Showtime, PBS and ZDF, among others.
His most recent films include Deborah Esquenazi’s “Southwest of Salem,” which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Film Rise and Discovery ID; Chris Bell’s “Prescription Thugs,” which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films; Gabriel London’s “The Mind of Mark DeFriest,” which premiered internationally at Hot Docs and in the US at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2014 and screened theatrically across the US before airing on Showtime in March 2015; Academy Award-nominated director James Spione’s “Silenced,” a co-production with ARTE, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 and went on to screen worldwide including at Hot Docs, AFI Docs, IDFA, and the Traverse City Film Festival where it won the Founder’s Prize, aired on DirecTV in the US, CBC in Canada, NHK in Japan and on Netflix worldwide, and was nominated for an Emmy; and Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara’s “In Country” which premiered at Full Frame Documentary Festival in 2014 and was released theatrically and digitally by Bond360 in April 2015.
Daniel’s other recent documentaries include Participant Media’s “State 194” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, screened at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, and was released theatrically in the US in May 2013; the Columbia DuPont award-winning “The Revisionaries”, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award and was acquired by Kino Lorber, and which broadcast in the US on PBS’ Independent Lens series; “Code of the West” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and following a 12-city theatrical run was broadcast on PBS and was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award winner for Televised News Division – Investigative Reporting; “Pretty Old” executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2012, where it won the Jury Award for Best Documentary, and was released across North America in early 2014; “Farewell to Hollywood” executive produced by Livestrong, which premiered at IDFA in 2013 and was released theatrically across the US in early 2015; and “Town Hall” which was broadcast on PBS in 2014.
Daniel’s earlier credits include the Tribeca Film Festival and Silverdocs audience award-winning “Donor Unknown” for ARTE, More 4, VPRO and PBS’ Independent Lens; “GONE” which premiered at Tribeca in 2011, and was acquired by Discovery ID; Emmy-nominated “War Don Don” which premiered at SXSW, where it won a Special Jury Mention and was acquired by HBO Documentary Films; “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan” executive produced by Danny Glover; Berlin, Tribeca and Silverdocs awards winner “Budrus” which was acquired by Al Jazeera America and HBO Latin America; “Meeting Resistance” winner of the Golden Award at the 2007 Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, and released theatrically across the US by First Run Features; and the Academy Award short-listed “39 Pounds of Love” for HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films.
Daniel’s non-fiction television series include “Happy France” for ARTE and “Ordinary People,” which was broadcast worldwide.
In 2013, Daniel appeared as an on-screen judge in the Vince Vaughn Executive Produced non-scripted television competition series “Pursuit of the Truth.”
Daniel is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Cinema, Television, and Theater, Los Angeles, (Professional Certificate in Producing); the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (MA Israeli Politics and Society); and the University of Leeds, England (BA Honours, Politics and Religious Studies). Daniel is a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a founding member of the DCTV Cinema Advisory Council, an Advisor to the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producers Program, an Industry Advisory Board Member of the Camden International Film Festival, and a fellow at the Disruptor Foundation.