Founder & Producer
Daniel J. Chalfen is a Peabody and duPont winning and multiple-Emmy nominated 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, Kino Lorber, and FilmRise and have aired/streamed worldwide including on Al Jazeera, Amazon, ARTE, CBC, DirecTV, Discovery ID, HBO, More4, Netflix, NHK, Showtime, PBS and ZDF, among others.
Chalfen’s most recent films include PJ Raval’s Call Her Ganda, Assia Boundaoui’s The Feeling of Being Watched, Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler’s United Skates, and Dava Whisenant’s Bathtubs Over Broadway – all premiering at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
Chalfen’s other recent credits include John Keating’s GameChangers: Dreams of BlizzCon, Deborah Esquenazi’s Southwest of Salem, Chris Bell’s Prescription Thugs, Gabriel London’s The Mind of Mark DeFriest, Academy Award-nominated director James Spione’s Silenced, and Mike Attie & Meghan O’Hara’s In Country.
Chalfen’s earlier documentaries include Participant Media’s State 194, the Columbia duPont award-winning The Revisionaries for PBS, the CINE Golden Eagle Award winner for Televised News Division – Investigative Reporting documentary Code of the West for PBS, the Sarah Jessica Parker-executive produced Pretty Old, the Livestrong-executive produced Farewell to Hollywood, Town Hall for PBS, the Tribeca Film Festival and Silverdocs audience award-winning Donor Unknown, Gone for Discovery ID, the Emmy-nominated War Don Don for HBO, the Danny Glover-executive produced The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan, the Berlin and Tribeca awards winner Budrus, the 2007 Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival Golden Award Winner Meeting Resistance, and the Academy Award short-listed 39 Pounds of Love for HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films.
In 2013, Chalfen appeared as an on-screen judge in the Vince Vaughn Executive Produced non-scripted television competition series Pursuit of the Truth. Chalfen’s other non-fiction television series include Happy France for ARTE and Ordinary People, which was broadcast worldwide.
Chalfen 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.