Darren’s tireless focus on refining footage into a captivating narrative stems from more than a decade of crafting impactful award-winning films. His unique skill of pulling raw stories out of natural conversation is what makes his work compelling. Most recently, Darren co-directed Throw, with David Larson, a moving short film that won Director’s Choice award at Telluride Mountainfilm, was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and has been viewed by millions.
He co-founded Early Light Media, a video production company based in Baltimore, MD to take his experience in visual storytelling to organizations that hope to communicate more effectively and memorably with their audiences, as well as develop his own avenue for documentary filmmaking.
Over the past decade, Darren has had the opportunity to tell stories spanning the world from a Super Bowl in Indianapolis to earthquake ravaged Haiti to the first inauguration of President Obama, all while working in broadcast and as Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe. In 2014 he directed The Boston Globe's first feature-length television documentary, 5 Runners, about the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.
Darren has had the honor of being named the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year three years in a row in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the National Press Photographer’s Association while working for WBFF in Baltimore and has been awarded 27 Emmys by Chesapeake Bay and New England NATAS. At The Boston Globe, he was awarded the prestigious George Polk award from Long Island University with a team of investigative journalists for my contribution of a short documentary on the leniency Massachusetts judges show toward accused drunk drivers, as well as six national Edward R. Murrow awards.
Most fulfilling have been the opportunities to teach. Recently he was a featured speaker at 'Video Playground' in Denmark and has lectured at Harvard Extension School. Darren has taught visual storytelling in 18 states for diverse organizations and thrives on meeting passionate people with the shared goal of raising industry standards for the betterment of society. He believes there is no more effective way to communicate the human experience than to tell a story.