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Daniel R. Collins


I'm an award-winning director,  producer, and editor of documentary films. I believe in harnessesing the power of digital media to tell important stories and create social change. My work includes documentary filmmaking, independent video production, video editing, copy writing, and music production.

I studied film at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and cut my teeth as a reporter for the Gannett Company before moving on to serve as a producer, editor and writer for the independent film companies TELEDUCTION and Hearts and Minds Film from 2001-2015.


In 2010 I launched Dan Collins Media in order to pursue my passion of creating engaging documentary films that celebrate the arts, social justice, and the enduring human spirit.

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World Premiere





Best Documentary

Paul J. Stankard: Flower & Flame

Documentary | 70 Minutes |2024

Official Selection GAS Film Festival / Jersey Shore Film Festival

A living master of an ancient medium captures the beauty of nature in flameworked glass.

Slinger: A Short Strange Trip

Documentary | 73 Minutes | 2023

Winner, Best Documentary Carpe Diem Film Festival
A short, strange trip through the life of the influential glass artist known as Slinger.


Art That Gives Back

Documentary | 89 Minutes | 2024
A dedicated crew of outsider glass artists fund art classes for children in Detroit. 

From War to Wisdom

Documentary | 89 Minutes | 2017

Official Selection Skyline Indie Film Festival

When the war ends, the real battle begins.

Combat veterans search for missions and meaning after returning from the war in Iraq.


Fuego: Growing a Glass Movement in Cuba

Documentary | In Production
An epic journey in search of a reclusive glassblower in the outskirts of Havana, with intentions to help start a studio glass movement in Cuba.

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