Daniel Fermín Pfeffer

Visiting Assistant Professor


Daniel Fermín Pfeffer is an award winning Mexican-American filmmaker. He earned a BFA from NYU's Tisch School and an MFA for Screenwriting and Directing from Columbia University. His short film, "While I Was Gone" screened at various festivals and won the Denver Film Festival Domestic Student Award. His first feature, "I'll See You Around," premiered in 2019 at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.  "I'll See You Around" has since been picked up for distribution by Breaking Glass Pictures.

His first minisodic directorial effort, "Chosen," premiered at the Catalyst Story Institute/Content Festival winning several awards and at the Austin Film Festival. His latest feature script, "Brujería," combines social justice with psychological horror. It is about migrant farm workers who face violence and discrimination in upstate New York. "Brujería" is an official selection for Columbia University's annual Blue List (2020). In May of 2020, Daniel's commissioned music video, "Hold That Weight"  received a Vimeo Staff Pick and is considered the third installment to his ongoing film work with childhood friend, Lucas Monroe. His latest directorial effort, a Latinx pandemic short film titled, "Don’t Come Close" screened at the 2021 Rooftop Films in partnership with Central Park SummerStage, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and HBO NY Latino Film Festival. Daniel most recently produced the independent pilot, "Chiqui" under his company banner One Love Picture Classics. "Chiqui" will have its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival under the indie episodic program.

Daniel has taught at Columbia University, Ithaca College, NYU, and Northwestern. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and teaches screenwriting and film production for the Performing and Media Arts Department.