Daniel Quintanilla was born to a diverse family in bustling Mexico City, today the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere with 21 million inhabitants. Influenced by a family tradition in journalism, human stories quickly became of particular interest to him.
Upon graduating with a degree in Electronic Arts with an emphasis on documentary film from Missouri State University, Daniel moved to Boston to assist and be mentored by renowned Brazilian film editor Daniel Rezende (CITY OF GOD) on the feature documentary CAPTIVE BEAUTY.
Soon after, Daniel moved to Maine and edited his first feature film, LANGUAGE OF AMERICA, about language loss & re-acquisition among Native American Tribes in New England.
Since 2012, under a National Science Foundation grant for Documenting Endangered Languages in the Sierra Mixe of southern Mexico, Daniel has directed a community self-documentation team filming and editing video to be streamed and archived on an innovative online application called the Mixe Language Portal.
Daniel has taught Stop-Motion Animation at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and also serves on the selection committee of the Rockland Shorts Film Festival sponsored by the Farnsworth Art Museum.
As an Editor and Director/Camera Operator at Compass Light Productions, Daniel has edited and shot a diverse set of projects, including; travel webisodes in locations such as Iceland, Cuba, Greece, Peru -and ocean conservation videos calling for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe, and a film aimed to frame the experience of visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum in Poland.
Daniel is an A-License USPA skydiver and sea kayaking enthusiast.