Executive Producer - Daniel Swinton
Daniel attended the Rochester Institute of Technology with an emphasis on Documentary Production and Cinematography. As a student he won a “Kodak Emerging Filmmaker” award for his senior thesis. After graduating with honors in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production, Daniel moved to the Albany, NY area where he was hired by WMHT, the PBS affiliate for the Capital District to launch their Production Services division and provide corporate clients with high-quality commercial video. He won a NETA award for Best Promo, Local Campaign in 2008 and he produced his first documentary for the station in 2009, entitled “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story”. The film profiled the life of a man who overcame serious physical obstacles to obtain a secondary education, career and family. The film was distributed by APT to over 100 PBS stations and has been distributed internationally to China, Israel, Thailand, Australia and Japan. After the release of the film Daniel transitioned into producing documentaries full time. In 2011 he produced, directed, edited and wrote “The New York Capitol Fire” a local history documentary that was honored with two silver Telly Awards, and Emmy nomination and was distributed across New York State. He recently completed “William Kennedy’s Prohibition Story”, which received a New York Broadcasters Award and garnered statewide distribution. He was recently honored with a fellowship at the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, one of only 25 applicants accepted nation-wide.
Currently Daniel serves as the Director of Production & Content at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh NY. He oversees the production team in all aspects of content creation and serves as the Executive Producer on special projects. He recently Executive Produced the films “Lake Defenders”, “Songs to Keep” and is collaborating with Lukas Augustin on his film “Unforgiven:Rwanda”.