Daniel Barnz

Daniel Barnz Biography

Daniel Barnz (born 1970, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania) is an American screenwriter and director.

Life and career

Barnz was born Daniel Bernstein in a suburb of Philadelphia, and later changed his surname to an amalgamation of Bernstein and Schwartz, the surname of his partner of almost two decades, Ben Schwartz. The couple has two children. Barnz describes himself as "a Jewish liberal Democrat".

Barnz graduated from Yale University and the University of Southern California Film School. He made his directorial debut in the 2001 movie, The Cutting Room. He directed the 2009 movie, Phoebe in Wonderland, which received mixed reviews from critics. He wrote and directed a movie adaption of the novel Beastly, a modern-day take on Beauty and the Beast. The movie was released on March 4, 2011.

However, his most recent film, Won't Back Down (2012), garnered controversy and was attacked by Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the predominant national teachers' union, as having "the most blatant stereotypes and caricatures I have ever seen-even worse than in Waiting for Superman", another film attacked as "anti-teacher union".


Year Title Notes
2001 The Cutting Room
2009 Phoebe in Wonderland Nominated"?Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Direction
2011 Beastly
2012 Won't Back Down
2014 Cake

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