Daniel Raim


Film Projects

Public bio

Writer-Director-Producer Daniel Raim is known for his award-winning documentaries about unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His debut film, an intimate profile of Hitchcock production designer Robert F. Boyle entitled The Man on Lincoln’s Nose, was nominated for the 2000 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject.

His second film, Something’s Gonna Live: Conversations with Six Great Hollywood Cinema Artists (2009), confirmed his talent as a director and storyteller with an AFI FEST world premiere and a release on Netflix. During its theatrical run, Something’s Gonna Live received rave reviews from THR and Variety, and a Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick from film critic Kenneth Turan.

His third film, Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015) premiered as an Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for The Golden Eye (L’Œil d’or, le prix du documentaire – Cannes). Harold and Lillian was theatrically released in April 2017 by Zeitgeist Films, and screened in 68 US cities and 12 countries, followed by the television premiere on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Harold and Lillian is a 2019 Cinema Eye Honors nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation and is currently streaming on NETFLIX.

Daniel is currently creating original documentaries fo the Criterion Collection, including Introducing My Father, François Truffaut; Ozu & Noda; Designing Hedwig; Marvel Mon Amour; Inventing 'Andrei Rublev' and In Search of Ozu, which premiered on the Criterion Channel in November 2018 to rave reviews.  

His latest project is a feature documentary for Turner Classic Movies called Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers (2019).  

Daniel has a passion for education, and in 2016 he embarked on an academic tour through India, where he screened his films and lectured on and the art and craft of documentary filmmaking. 

In 2017, Daniel partnered with Desktop-Documentaries.com and created an online course entitled: Documentary Storytelling and Scriptwriting

Daniel has screened his films and lectured at: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, HOT DOCS, Cannes Film Festival, DOC NYC, SWSX, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, AFI FEST, AFI Conservatory: Harold Lloyd Master Seminar, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, ILM, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Sony Animation Studios, and Canadian Film Center/TIFF Bell Lightbox, among others.