Texas Heart
You can't run from your heart.

Texas Heart Filmmakers


Writer / Producer

Writer and filmmaker, Daniel Blake Smith grew up in Wolfe City, Texas, where he shared the stage—with great embarrassment—with friend and now co-author, Nick Feild, in one of the worst performances ever witnessed of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”  Since then he has tried to make amends in the world of entertainment.  Smith has written and produced several feature documentaries for PBS, including the award-winning FEBRUARY ONE:  THE STORY OF THE GREENSBORO FOUR, which was broadcast on PBS’s “Independent Lens”; BLACK INDIANS:  AN AMERICAN STORY, which was narrated by James Earl Jones; TERROR OF THE SOUL:  EDGAR ALLAN POE, a docudrama starring Treat Williams and John Heard (with music by Philip Glass).  His most recent films, IMPACT:  AFTER THE CRASH, a feature documentary about the deadliest drunk-driving crash in U.S. history; and ENVISIONING HOME, a feature doc about two brave pioneers in the world of public housing, are now available on DVD via Amazon.  Smith is also the author of several books in American history—most recently the prize-winning An American Betrayal:  Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears (Henry Holt, 2011).  Next summer his family saga, Our Family Dreams:  The Fletchers’ Adventure Across 19th Century America, comes out with St. Martin’s Press.  A former professor of American history at the University of Kentucky, Smith now lives in St. Louis.


Writer / Producer

Nick Feild is a Senior Executive for a financial services firm based in Dallas, Texas, and is co-writer of TEXAS HEART.  He was raised in Wolfe City, Texas, and had ambitions of becoming an actor. Since his only roles were a non-speaking tree in the first grade, a burro in a Nativity scene, and Merlin the Magician in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” he decided to pursue other interests.  He received a BS degree in Economics from East Texas State University and did post graduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin.  He also proudly served as a military officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Nick has spent the past 38 years in the financial services industry in Austin, Houston, and New York City and has held several positions with large financial firms such as Financial Advisor, Branch Management, Division Sales Management, Executive Director of Investment Consulting Services, and National Spokesman.  Along with some former colleagues, he started a financial services firm in NYC in 2009 in which he is an equity partner that specializes in emerging markets.  He presently works in Austin, Texas, and resides in San Antonio.  He has two children, Kate, who is the owner of Kate’s Frosting, a successful cupcake bakery in San Antonio, and Tom, who is a student and assists Kate in operating her business.

Mark David

Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor

Mark David is an award-winning writer, director, producer, cinematographer and composer. David's third independent feature film, "American Cowslip" (2010) starred Diane Ladd, Rip Torn, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Val Kilmer and Peter Falk and was released in North America through Warner Bros. and E1. American Cowslip, in which David directed the legendary Falk in his last big screen appearance, took out top honors at the 2010 Albuquerque Film Festival.

Following the success of American Cowslip, David penned the harrowing family crime drama "The Gift Horse," to which he is also attached as Director. David's debut feature, "Sweet Thing,” and sophomore effort, "Intoxicating,” were both well received critically, garnering invitations to multiple US and international film festivals. Both films were also distributed commercially worldwide and in the US, where "Intoxicating" received a limited theatrical run. David's work as a filmmaker often showcases his multi-faceted abilities as a director, cinematographer, editor and composer.

A musician since childhood, Houston-born David's work in the visual medium began when he directed a music video for his former rock band The Agency, while living in Austin, TX. The video caught the attention of the festival circuit, premiered in competition at the SXSW Film Festival and a directing passion was born. In 2014 Mark David directed and shot his fourth feature film as a director, "Jonny's Sweet Revenge" (2015) on which he also composed the score and edited. "Jonny's Sweet Revenge" reunited him once again with many of the cast members of "American Cowslip" including Ronnie Gene Blevins, Priscilla Barnes and Blake Clark.