DAEDALUS PRODUCTIONS, INC., is a not-for-profit film and television production company established in 1980 by NINA ROSENBLUM and DANIEL V. ALLENTUCK to produce non-fiction television for network, public and cable markets and limited theatrical release. Specializing in international co-production, Daedalus has won numerous awards and is a highly respected member of the worldwide non-fiction community.
Over the course of his thirty-year career, Daniel Allentuck has employed the medium of film to explore the work of major twentieth century social photographers and to chronicle the medium’s history. His first documentary film, America and Lewis Hine (NEH Production Grant, PBS broadcast) which he wrote and co-produced with his wife and longtime partner Nina Rosenblum, premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1984 (“clearly one of the major American documentaries of recent years”—Variety) and won numerous awards and honors including the WICI Clarion award, CINE Golden Eagle, CHRIS statuette from the Columbus Film Festival, a Sundance Jury Prize, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and the Meilleure Biographie d’Artiste award at Montreal’s 4eme Festival International Du Film Sur l’Art. Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street, which Allentuck wrote and co-produced, was honored with a CINE Golden Eagle and the President’s Award from the Columbus Film Festival. In addition, Allentuck wrote the script for Liberators: Fighting On Two Fronts in WWII, a feature-length documentary narrated by Denzel Washington which was broadcast nationally on PBS’ American Experience series; it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary, the LINKS Sojourner Truth Award, and the Silver Plaque Award for Documentary (History/Biography) at the Chicago International Film Festival (“Documentaries don’t get much better than this”—Los Angeles Times.) Allentuck has written and co-produced films for the New York Public Library (A History Of Women Photographers) and local 1199 (Their Life’s Sweat.) His most recent film, Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York, opened theatrically in New York (“stirring...extremely likeable...a great, often inspiring story”-Manohla Dargis, New York Times, and Los Angeles), (“a superb documentary...strong narration, well-written by Allentuck”-Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times). It was selected by numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad and was awarded the Van Gogh Prize for Best Documentary at the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival. Allentuck has a B.A. in English from New York University. His hilarious account of a luncheon with his late mother (actress Maureen Stapleton) will be published by Abrams in a forthcoming collection titled LATE LUNCHES, edited by Erica Heller.
Nina Rosenblum’s career as a documentary filmmaker began in 1980, when her film, AMERICA AND LEWIS HINE, (written and co-produced with Daniel Allentuck), premiered at the New York Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS.
She is President of DAEDALUS PRODUCTIONS, INC., and has produced and directed for TBS, HBO, PBS, New York Times Television, SHOWTIME, ABC and NBC. Her co-production partners have included Channel Four/UK; WDR/Germany; La Sept/France and SBS/Australia. She is a member of the Directors' Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and New York Women in Film.
In 1990, Rosenblum produced, directed and co-wrote THROUGH THE WIRE, PBS/POV, (narrated by Susan Sarandon), a graphic investigation of small group isolation in a federal prison. Her 1992 feature documentary LOCK-UP: THE PRISONERS OF RIKERS ISLAND, produced for HBO's AMERICA UNDERCOVER series, further solidified Rosenblum and Daedalus Productions as major producers on the non-fiction scene.
In 1992, Rosenblum and William Miles produced and directed LIBERATORS: FIGHTING ON TWO FRONTS IN WWII, (PBS/American Experience), about the experiences of the all-Black 761st Tank Battalion in WWII. Narrated by Denzel Washington, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. This was followed by the 1994 Emmy winner, THE UNTOLD WEST: THE BLACK WEST (TBS, narrated by Danny Glover), which interwove documentary with dramatic segments.
Her credits also include SLAVESHIP: THE TESTIMONY OF THE HENRIETTA MARIE (1995), and A HISTORY OF WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS (1997).
In 1999 Rosenblum produced and directed WALTER ROSENBLUM: IN SEARCH OF PITT STREET, a feature documentary chronicling the career of her father Walter Rosenblum, a highly decorated US Army Signal Corps photographer and motion picture cameraman who documented the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach and was present during the liberation of Dachau. The film premiered at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, and has been shown at numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2000 Rosenblum produced and directed a SHOWTIME/ New York Times Television documentary, THE SKIN I'M IN, about the music of Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone. Also in 2000, she produced and directed TWIN LENSES, about twin fashion photographers Frances McLaughlin Gil and Kathryn Abbe.
Also in that year she produced a short film, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, about the mothers of the “New York Disappeared” as they protested the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Her next film, CODE YELLOW: HOSPITAL AT GROUND ZERO, documented the response of the NYU Downtown Hospital to the events of 9/11.
Her 2004 documentary, ZAHIRA'S PEACE, which documented the response to the Atocha train attack of 3-11, was produced in co-production with Sogecable, Spain, and was broadcast on Spain’s Canal +.
Her most recent film, ORDINARY MIRACLES: THE PHOTO LEAGUE'S NEW YORK, (written and co-directed by Daniel Allentuck) opened theatrically in New York. It was selected by numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad and was awarded the Van Gogh Prize for Best Documentary at the 2012 Amsterdam Film Festival.
Nina Rosenblum has taught undergraduate documentary film production at Hunter College, CUNY, and graduate documentary production at Columbia University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.