A native of Miami Beach, Darren Genet has been making films since he could hold a camera…He spent years mentoring with acclaimed directors such as David Fincher, Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg, Tony Scott, and Michael Bay and before defining his own path as a cinematographer. Having received his MFA from the American Film Institute, his work has earned two Television Academy Awards, a nomination for the prestigious ASC Heritage Award, and has been honored twice at the Emerging Cinematographer Awards. His body of work in features and television with acclaimed directors such as Chris Columbus, Francis Lawrence, Jonathan Levine, Tucker Gates, Jonas Pate and Amy Heckerling has earned him an invitation to join the ranks of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers. Over the years, his work has garnered attention from publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, American Cinematographer, and The New Yorker, having been praised as “luminous”, “provocative”,”lyrical” and “masterly.”
Darren’s eclectic career as a director continues to evolve, helming network and streaming episodic shows, documentaries, music videos, and national commercial spots. His capsule collection of short films MUSE debuted at Cannes and was featured in Vanity Fair magazine. His Short film ‘At Risk Youth’ for the Black Lives Matter movement was featured on CNN and his work with the PETA campaign has gained national attention.
As well as his humanitarian work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and NGO’s like Rotary and Empower 54, Darren is currently wrapping work on WITNESS, a documentary film with TIME Studio, MSNBC Films, the United Nations Refugee Agency, Sugar23, and Day Zero Films documenting the struggles of refugees and migrants as they move across the globe.
Recently Darren and his frequent collaborator Kat Graham created Instinctive Entertainment, a production company focused on developing content across a variety of platforms. Current feature projects in the works include his adaptation of the cult novel CAR from celebrated Southern Gothic novelist Harry Crews, Hasidic noir thriller/comedy THE GET, Cryptocurrency thriller DARK.NET. TV projects in the works include MAGIC CANYON, a workplace comedy/ neo-noir thriller set behind the scenes of an iconic theme park in Orlando, Florida; MOTORTOWN REVUE, chronicling the 1962 bus tour of Motown hitmakers traveling through the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ of the Jim Crow South; dance DREAMLAND, circling a group of backup dancers trying to make it in LA; BOYLAND, set in the 90’s boy band explosion in Orlando, Florida; and an adaptation of the best-selling YA horror novel THE SAME PLACE BUT DIFFERENT.