Member since July 2015
Danny Mendoza (Director, Producer) is a Cuban-American director, producer, writer, and actor based in Miami, FL. He is bilingual.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he completed his first documentary - Familiar Voices: A Reaction to the Crisis in Darfur - by age 21. The film features Nobel Peace prize winners Elie Wiesel and Jody Williams alongside UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and others. It screened at 34 festivals in 7 countries across 3 continents and is a part of the permanent collection at the U.S. Library of Congress. It is distributed by Gravitas Ventures.
The first narrative feature he produced, Calloused Hands, stars Andre Royo (The Wire) and had its premiere at the Miami International Film Festival in 2012. It is distributed by Kino Lorber.
The second documentary he directed and produced, Spectrum of Hope, is the story of 10 musical theater students, their families, and their teachers as they go on a journey from their special needs school in New York City's Lower East Side to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. He had the honor of bearing witness to a beautiful moment in all of their lives - a celebration of the power of arts education, musical theater, and what can be accomplished when students are allowed to flourish on their own terms. It is executive produced by Freddie & Myrna Gershon and is offered to the public free of charge by Music Theatre International.
The second narrative feature he produced, 11:55 Holyoke, features Shirley Rumierk (Game Change). Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black), David Zayas (Dexter), Robin de Jesus (Camp), Julia Stiles (The Bourne Identity), and John Leguizamo (Chef). It is currently in post-production.
Additionally, Danny recently directed a musical web series titled El Maestro Unplugged.