FILMMAKERS

The DARE
Filmmakers

The team that brought you the original DARE are back together to create the sequel.

 

Creators

 
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David Brind is a Philadelphia-born writer and filmmaker whose work has screened in prestigious film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Outfest. David wrote and co-produced the feature film Dare which premiered in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as a Grand Jury Prize Nominee. Dare stars Emmy Rossum, Rooney Mara, Zach Gilford, and Alan Cumming.

Rafer Guzman of Newsday named Dare one of the top 10 films of 2009, citing the film as “one of the smartest and most honest teen movies in years,” and A.O. Scott of the New York Times described the film as having “a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring.” The Dare feature was based on the short film of the same name (2004), written and produced by David, and is one of the most-watched short films on YouTube with over 13 million views.

Among other work, David adapted a YA novel for Academy-Award winning producer Stanley Jaffe (“Kramer vs. Kramer”). In TV, David has developed and sold projects with Golden Globe, Emmy, and Oscar-winning producers. Theater credits include directing Sandra Bernhard in her one-woman Off-Broadway show Sandra Bernhard: Everything Bad and Beautiful.

David received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Columbia University. David is an adjunct Assistant Professor in USC’s John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television and a member of the Writers’ Guild of America.


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Adam's second feature film, I Smile Back, features Sarah Silverman's critically acclaimed, award winning dramatic performance, which was nominated for a 2016 Screen Actor’s Guild Award for outstanding performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Adam’s first feature, DARE (based on the 2005 short) is a Grand Jury Prize Nominee of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Adam has directed episodes of NBC’s hit show, Blindspot, served as a Sundance Lab advisor, guest lectured at Columbia University and various high schools, and taught as an adjunct directing  professor at USC’s graduate School of Cinematic Arts, and currently runs the Directing Discipline at The AFI Conservatory. He lives in LA.

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Creative Team

 
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Felecia Hunter is an award-winning writer/producer whose credits include Nocturne In Black, winner of the Student Academy Award in 2016 and BAFTA Student Film Award for Best Live Action Short in 2017; and Gladys Brown, recipient of the Caucus Foundation Producers Grant. She was also the executive producer of Boneshaker, starring Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; and Afronauts, nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear award at Berlinale. 

A native New Yorker, Felecia earned her B.A. at Columbia University, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Producing at Columbia where she was awarded the Entertainment Partners Producers Award. Most recently, she was commissioned by Sesame Street to produce a live-action short "P is for Pictures" currently airing on HBO. 

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John Ira Palmer is a producer, director, and writer. In addition to his work on The Dare Project, he's currently the associate producer for Flag Day, directed by Sean Penn. John also produced the documentary Al Imam, which became a Vimeo Staff Pick, aired on National Geographic, and earned KCET Fine Cut’s top prize.

John directed the short Elwood Takes a Lover, which was recently an official selection of The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2016, John was invited to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy for emerging filmmakers at the New York Film Festival. He earned his MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and his BFA at San Francisco Art Institute.

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Rick Siegel is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked in the film and television business for over thirty years. Siegel was DP on the Emmy-nominated HBO Special Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald. His narrative film work includes the feature films Bomber directed by Paul Cotter, Trust, Greed, Bourbon & Bullets directed by Scott Kawczynski, and the short films The Shovel, The Dare Project and 20 Dollar Drink.

Siegel’s most recent work includes the concert film, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends; New Worlds.  Siegel won an EMMY Award for Outstanding Achievement for Single Camera Photography for his episodic narrative work on ABC’s Crash The Curiousaurus.  He has designed and photographed over 200 televised music and comedy shows, ranging from several seasons of A&E’s Live By Request series, PBS’s In the Spotlight series and other programs with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Thomas Hampson, Sheryl Crow and The Weeknd and comedy specials for John Oliver, Craig Ferguson, Lewis Black, Kevin Hart and Wyatt Cenac.

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Caroline Duncan most recently designed Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed, Emmy nominated series, When They See Us, and the new M. Night Shyamalan series, Servant. Duncan graduated from Yale University with a degree in English, and subsequently earned a degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design in New York.

She started in the costume department working on such films as Lovely Bones, 27 Dresses, and Little Children. Duncan has designed multiple televisions series, including Rescue Me, Royal Pains, NYC22, and 666 Park Avenue. Her film credits include J.C. Chandor’s Oscar®-nominated film, Margin Call, starring Zachary Quinto and Kevin Spacey; James Ponsoldt’s Off the Black, starring Nick Nolte; and Dare, directed by Adam Salky, featuring Emmy Rossum and Rooney Mara. 

Duncan designed the pilot for the popular Showtime series Masters of Sex, directed by John Madden, the first four seasons of Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama, The Affair, and American Odyssey for NBC. She also designed the USA series Falling Water, New Amsterdam (pilot), and NBC’s Rise. Duncan has both US and South African citizenship, and lives in New York with her twin sons.  She is so thrilled to have been a member of the Dare family for all three productions!

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Holcombe Waller is one of America's most unique voices in music theater. His United States Artists Award in Music noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music "as total theater." Waller is known for his evening length interdisciplinary music performances, which have been funded, commissioned and presented by many prestigious institutions in arts and culture, internationally.

Waller collaborates frequently, including work with choregraphers, and his film score work includes music for the Sundance-premiered documentary, We Were Here, and the two-part film series, The Dare Project. He has appeared as an actor in multiple films, including some particularly fun ones by contemporary artist Ryan Trecartin. His recent creations include “Notes from the Riverkeepers,” a sung history of the high-risk transportation of fracked crude-oil-by-trains through the Columbia River Gorge, as well as “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite,” an evening length appropriation of Catholic choral and liturgical ceremony re-imagined to be radically inclusive of queer identity. 

 

For the whole list of the Dare Team,