Bill Daniel’s work as a documentarian began in 1980 as a participant in Austin, Texas’ bourgeoning music scene. The filmmaker has received awards from the Film Arts Foundation, The Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and The Western States Media Alliance. He has also been a Wattis Foundation artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 1999 he was in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts where he produced several multi-projection 16mm film installations, including Trespassing Sign in collaboration with the late Margaret Kilgallen. In 2001 his installation The Girl on the Train in the Moon was included in “Widely Unknown” at Deitch Projects in New York. Daniel is also recognized for his work as cinematographer and editor for filmmaker Craig Baldwin. He studied marketing and photography at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sunset Scavenger is a documentary installation series as well as a 50-minute stand-alone video that explores the unseen consequences of ecological change, social disarray and individual quest. Daniel creates a series of portraits of societal outsiders who create personal solutions to environmental problems. Edited together as a linear video, Sunset Scavenger includes video installation pieces each composed of one or more of these portraits. The installations themselves take the form of a double mast gaff-rigger schooner sailboat, in which several short loops of film and video are projected or screened.