A filmmaker, journalist and author, Dan recently published Finding Fela: My Strange Journey to Meet the AfroBeat King - a memoir of a 1983 trip to Lagos, Nigeria, to film African musical legend Fela Kuti. He also wrote a well-received book called Technophobia! Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology (University of Texas Press, 2007). In addition, he contributed chapters to The Who and Philosophy (2016), The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates (2016), Avatar and Philosophy: Learning to See (2014), The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott (2013), The Rolling Stones and Philosophy (2012), Philip K. Dick and Philosophy (2011), Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy (2009) and Anime and Philosophy (2010). He’s also written over 200 articles for various publications including The Chicago Tribune, Alternative Press, Salon.com, and the Manchester Guardian. Most recently he’s published articles for the Website Informed Comment.
Professor Emeritus at Columbia College Chicago & a DGA member, Dan directed episodes of the Comedy Central Television show Strangers With Candy as well as several award-winning short films - all starring Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Paul Dinello, and Amy Sedaris. An all-state football player at Oak Park’s Fenwick HS, Dan went to the University of Illinois on a football scholarship & graduated with a degree in Philosophy, then went on to acquire an MFA from the University of Wisconsin.