Daniel Raim

Daniel Raim is known for his award-winning documentaries about unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His debut film, an intimate profile of Hitchcock production designer Robert F. Boyle entitled The Man on Lincoln’s Nose, was nominated for the 2000 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject.

His second film, Something’s Gonna Live: Conversations with Six Great Hollywood Cinema Artists (2009), confirmed his talent as a director and storyteller with an AFI FEST world premiere and a release on NETFLIX. During its theatrical release, Something’s Gonna Live received rave reviews, including a Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick from Kenneth Turan.

His third film, Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015) premiered as an Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for The Golden Eye (L’Œil d’or, le prix du documentaire – Cannes). Harold and Lillian was theatrically released in April 2017 and screened in 68 US cities and 12 countries, followed by the television premiere on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Harold and Lillian is a 2019 Cinema Eye Honors nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design and Animation, and is currently streaming on NETFLIX in all English language territories.

Daniel is currently creating original documentaries for the Criterion Collection, the Criterion Channel, and TCM. His film, In Search of Ozu, premiered on the Criterion Channel on April 16th, 2018 to rave reviews.

His latest project is a feature documentary for TCM called “Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers” (In production 2019).  

Daniel Raim interviewing Leonard Maltin in 2019 for Image Makers: The Adventures of America’s Pioneer Cinematographers

Daniel has a passion for education, and in 2016 he embarked on an academic tour through India, where he screened his trilogy and lectured on and the art and craft of documentary filmmaking. 

In 2017, Daniel launched the online course: Documentary Storytelling and Scriptwriting: A Step-By-Step Workflow To Structure Complex Real Life Stories Into Compelling Films. Click here to learn about his course.

Daniel has screened his films and lectured at: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, HOT DOCS, Cannes Film Festival, DOC NYC, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, AFI Conservatory: Harold Lloyd Master Seminar, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, ILM, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Sony Animation Studios, and Canadian Film Center/TIFF Bell Lightbox, among others. 

(ABOVE) Daniel Raim at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival world premiere of HAROLD AND LILLIAN


How to Contact Daniel


If you are interested in one-on-one consulting for your project, click here for information about Daniel Raim Private Consulting or contact via email.

Students in Daniel’s Documentary Storytelling and Scriptwriting Class get a 25% discount on consulting services. Just use discount code danstudent25 during check-out.



Press for Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story:

“★★★★★ One of the very best documentaries ever made about movies!”



“TRULY CHARMING… A terrifically moving human story!”



“CRITICS’ PICK!… Captivating…Delightful…Fascinating!”


“A passionate and beguiling movie-love documentary that shines a light on two of the unsung artisan heroes of Hollywood.”


“Taught me more that I didn’t know about the movies I love than any other documentary I’ve ever seen; that it also taught me more about the challenges and rewards of sustaining a marriage than any film before it, fiction or non-fiction, is some kind of small miracle!”

“CRITICS’ PICK!… Like flipping through misplaced leaves in a photo book, the documentary maintains a free-flowing tone as it uncovers the work that went into creating some of the indelible scenes in Hollywood history.”


“A revelation! … An eye-opening tribute to one of the least understood or appreciated aspects of  filmmaking, and a challenge to  filmmakers to believe in what they do!”
— Donald Liebenson, Chicago Sun-times

“If you care about the great days of Hollywood past — and how could you not — it’s hard to resist Something’s Gonna Live!”

“UNEXPECTEDLY MOVING…Daniel Raim’s fly-on-the-wall portrait of legendary production designer Robert Boyle and his illustrious friends stands as a bittersweet love letter to some of old Hollywood’s least-heralded artisans.”
—Andrew Barker, VARIETY

—Karina Longworth, INDIEWIRE

“SPLENDID, DEEPLY MOVING! The committed artists of Something’s Gonna Live, while grateful for their remarkable careers, are not sentimentalists. What a challenge their body of work presents to current and future filmmakers!”

“Daniel Raim’s Something’s Gonna Live is absolutely infused with profound admiration and respect for the people who can make real or imagined worlds come alive.”