Daniel Barnz

Writer, Director & Executive Producer, Genera+ion

A few years ago, Daniel Barnz was saying goodnight to his daughter Zelda, when she started telling him a series of funny and poignant stories about the people in the Sexuality and Gender Alliance at her school. Barnz suggested his daughter should write these stories down, then offhandedly said something about how it would make a pretty great TV show. His daughter liked the idea, and he thought it might be kind of a cool opportunity to teach her about the work he did. What he did not think at the time was that anything would ever come of it.

This proved two things: Barnz is clueless when it comes to predicting the future, but is smart enough to listen to his daughter.

Barnz wrote, directed and executive produced Genera+ion for HBO Max, which he also co-created with Zelda. Previously, Barnz directed Cake, the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG-nominated film. Barnz also directed and co-wrote Won’t Back Down for Twentieth Century Fox. His feature directorial debut, the award-winning Phoebe in Wonderland, premiered in competition at Sundance 2008, and was released nationally in 2009.

Daniel Barnz will join the session Genera+ion – Co-Creating A Portrait of a Generation.

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