Dan Rosen’s first screenplay was the critically acclaimed cult favorite, The Last Supper starring Cameron Diaz, Anabeth Gish, Ron Pearlman, and Bill Paxton. Debuting at the Toronto Film Festival, The Last Supper was a crowd favorite at The London Film Festival, South By Southwest, and Sundance before being released in the U.S. in 1996 by Sony Releasing. The Last Supper also won the Cognac Film Festival’s Thriller of the Year.
Dan’s second screenplay and directorial debut Dead Man’s Curve (aka The Curve), starring Matthew Lillard, Keri Russel, and Michael Vartan, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Described by Empire magazine as “sharp, witty, and breathlessly cool;” “the smartest, hippest, blackest comedy thriller of the year” by NME magazine; and “the darkest, most finely tuned comic thriller since Scream” by Maxim, The Curve was released internationally later that year and made top ten lists all over the world.
Since Dead Man’s Curve, Dan has rewritten Wing Commander for FOX, the Italian comedy smash, The Monster, for Spyglass Entertainment, developed and wrote rewrites for New Line’s Planet Deb and Cindy Crawford Wants to Bone Me, set up the pitch and wrote Rat’s Tale at Spyglass Entertainment and wrote the adaptation of the award-winning novel Sinatraland by Sam Kashner for Britt Alcroft Productions. He also co-wrote the Australian comedy The Extra.
In 2011, Dan co-wrote and directed the indie comedy Freeloaders that was produced by Adam Duritz of The Counting Crows and Broken Lizard, which was released by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
From 2012 to 2013, Dan was a writer and co-executive producer on the BET and CENTRIX comedy television series, The First Family produced by Entertainment Studios.
Dan has sold or optioned over 20 screenplays and television pilots and continues to have a number of screenplays and projects in active development.
Dan’s first theatrical production, The Dysfunctional Show, which he created and starred in, played in Los Angeles at the Hudson Theater from 1993 till 1996 and also played at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival In Montreal in 1996. It was sold to the USA Network and MTV as a pilot starring Michael McKean.
His stage version of his movie The Last Supper has played to critical acclaim in Rome (1999), Melbourne (2002), Perth (2002), Chicago (2006), Mar De Plata (2008), Buenos Aires (2009), Oslo (2009) New York City (off-off Broadway (2010), Madison (2011) Kent, England (2012), and UNC-Greenville (2014). It won the prestigious “Best New Play” Award in Mar De Plata, Argentina in 2008. New productions are slated for France, Belgium, Boise, and Miami in 2018.
Over the last 20 years Dan has been an invited filmmaker, panelist, moderator, and judge (including being head of the Jury in ’99, and Comedy Vanguard Film Judge ’15 and '18) at the Austin Film Festival -- the premiere film festival for Screenwriters.
Dan earned an MFA with Honors in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from UC-Riverside.
Since 2012 Dan has taught:
TV Writer's Room
History of Independent Film
History of Science Fiction Film
History of Comedy Film
Film and Society
Culture and Horror in Society
Industry and Networking
at the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.