Adama Films Founder
Writer-Director Daniel Raim

Academy Award®-nominated Writer-Director Daniel Raim attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied under one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed collaborators, Production Designer Robert F. Boyle. Daniel’s award winning documentaries are inspired in part from Boyle’s creative philosophies and humanist approach to cinema.

Daniel is known for his trilogy of documentaries about unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

His debut film, an intimate profile on Boyle entitled The Man on Lincoln’s Nose (2000, 40 min), was nominated for the 2000 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject.

His second film, Something’s Gonna Live (2010, 78 min), confirmed his talent as a director and storyteller and premiered at the AFI Film Fest. Something’s Gonna Live was critically acclaimed during its theatrical release, and received a Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick from Kenneth Turan.

His third film, Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015, 94) premiered as an Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for The Golden Eye Award.

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 cinema literacy and the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.

Daniel is currently creating a series of short films focusing on the art of design for the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Harold and Lillian will be theatrically released in April 2017, followed by the television premiere on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

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Press for Daniel’s Films:

Cineaste Magazine writes on The Man on Lincoln’s Nose: “A welcome gift to everyone anywhere who wants to know what has and continues to make Hollywood Hollywood!”

The Chicago Sun-Times called Something’s Gonna Live, “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!”

Vanity Fair raves about Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, calling it, “A wonderful paradox: an educational tearjerker.”


Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmaker Daniel Raim presents the
Behind The Scenes Masters of Cinema” Trilogy.

The trilogy includes the Oscar®-Nominated Documentary Short Subject THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE (2000, 40 min.); the Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick documentary feature SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE (2010, 78 min.); and the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection documentary feature HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (2015, 96 min).

Written & Directed by Daniel Raim, this (“Deeply moving” Variety) series examines the artistry, personalities and creative philosophies of some of Hollywood’s greatest behind the scenes masters, including: production designers Robert Boyle (North by Northwest, The Birds), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting), and Albert Nozaki (The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), master cinematographers Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool) and Conrad Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), storyboard artist and production designer Harold Michelson (Johnny Got His Gun, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and film researcher Lillian Michelson (Rosemary’s Baby, Full Metal Jacket) These prolific artists have worked on a total of 800 films, garnering 25 Academy Award® nominations and 8 wins.


“The inside-baseball stuff walks hand in hand with a great romance, and this movie winds up being a rather wonderful paradox on the face of it: an educational tearjerker.”
— Glenn Kenny, Vanity Fair

Featuring interviews with Mel Brooks and Francis Ford Coppola, the documentary is a touching tribute to a beautiful Hollywood romance and the often overlooked artists who enhance all of our favorite films.”
— Jess Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly

Harold and Lillian warmly evokes the passion on which the film industry survives. It’s a wonderful doc for film buffs and casual viewers alike.”
— Patrick Mullen, Point Of View Magazine


“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

“AN ESSENTIAL CLEAR-EYED VIEW OF HOLLYWOOD — as a city, an industry, an idea — as a construct never not in the midst of evolution!”
—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.”