American writer and filmmaker seeking voices beyond the mainstream
Daniel Luis Ennab is an independent filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He was immediately introduced to films at a very young age, watching exploitation cinema from the works of Roger Corman, Richard Rush, Jack Hill, Umberto Lenzi, Kenji Misumi, and Russ Meyers. It wasn’t until his father took him to the midnight showings of spaghetti Westerns and Shaw Brothers pictures that Daniel knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. His attempt to getting more involved with films as a teenager was working for Blockbuster, making recommendations for customers, and spending his breaks learning the different voices behind some of his favourite screenplays.
Since then his knowledge of cinema has widened from reading film criticism (Ebert, Kael, Agee, Farber, Biskind, and Harris), and dedicating his time to finding different films of different genres, of different eras from different countries. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts, where he made his debut feature And the Boys Go, Daniel’s applied his passion to writing criticism, short stories, and screenplays.
In a time when the theatre-going experience only seems to become less involving, and online streaming services is becoming a quintessential core for how audiences globally watch entertainment, Daniel is always seeking for the cinematic voices behind the blockbuster reign, championing independent wunderkinds, and refraining from a cynical viewpoint when it comes to the ‘future of cinema’.
His response to what he believes is formulaically redundant is to make his own films, and submerge in a personal vision he continues to craft for as long as he can.
Other posts by Daniel Luis Ennab
Three movies that changed the history of cinema
Daniel Luis Ennab examines the Apu trilogy, which catapulted Indian cinema onto the international film circuit six decades ago, just as we launch Aparajito on VoD [Read More...]
Slow-paced and lyrical movie weaves together modern romance, spirituality and the ancient history of Japan - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]
A Dog’s Life
More than a century later, Charlie Chaplin's first masterpiece remains both a marvel of ingenuity and a tribute to innocence - watch it now with DMovies [Read More...]
The Iron Mask: Mystery of the Dragon Seal
Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-star in highly ambitious yet confusing and disjointed fantasy movie - on VoD on Friday, April 10th [Read More...]
In this South Korean noir with very familiar genre devices, two detectives collide in order to solve a very peculiar murder case - on VoD on Monday, April 6th [Read More...]
De Niro and Pesci are back in an epic countering on the reminiscence of vintage Scorsese and with an unexpectedly sombre vision of sin - now available on Netflix [Read More...]
The latest film by the Safdie brothers is both energetic and skilfully craft, with a highly nuanced Adam Sandler as the charming anti-hero - now available on Netflix [Read More...]
After the Wedding
Remake of Danish movie starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams attempts to tell a complex and multibranched story, but the intriguing layers are never fully fleshed - now available on VoD [Read More...]
A man reveals the details of how he met his lover and murdered his mother-in-law-to-be, in potentially fascinating yet clumsily structured movie - from Open City Documentary Film Festival [Read More...]
Argentinian filmmaker Benjamín Naishtat's third film is a muted yet powerful character study spiked with political flavours - now available on VoD! [Read More...]