Daniel Hamby


Filmmaker, Anthem Cry

Daniel Hamby
Director, Anthem Cry

Daniel Hamby is a writer, director, and producer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Festival year: 2021
  • Film title: Writer’s Block

Artist bio

Daniel is an award-winning writer, director, and producer living in Charlotte, NC.

Daniel started by studying film at Carson Newman University and the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where he was selected as 1 of 4 Hollywood Workshop Film Directors.

After graduation, he worked for Super Chief as field producer and camera operator for the documentary television show WoodWalkers, as well as produced and directed several commercial and documentary projects.

In 2016, Daniel started his production company, Anthem Cry, making award winning films including Doppelgänger, Maere, and Stars In Our Darkness.

Recently, he co-created the live session series Light + Song, which highlights local Carolina musicians in a cinematic setting. In 2019, Light + Song was selected by the prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Celebrate Charlotte Arts Grant Program.

Daniel is currently writing and developing his first feature screenplay, The Jenn, about a couple who thinks someone is living inside the walls of their house.

Artist statement

When I tell people I am a filmmaker, they have one of two reactions. They either say something along the lines of “oh, you’re a starving artist” or they tell me their “idea” for a movie which is rarely a full story or even a logline. Most of the time it’s something like, “it’s Legally Blonde meets the Matrix” or my favorite, “the twist would be…..”.

I made this short, Writer’s Block, so we as a film community could laugh together at this insane pursuit we call filmmaking. I wanted to create comedy out of our pretension and the common things we are told by outsiders everyday. More importantly, I wanted to recognize we as filmmakers all have the same fears and insecurities and that’s okay. Writer’s Block is an invitation to let our guard down and not take our artistic aspirations so damn seriously.