Festival Year: 2019

Darren Durlach

Roles: Director of Photography

As a co-founder of Early Light Media, Darren’s tireless focus on refining footage into a captivating narrative stems from more than a decade of meticulously crafting impactful award-winning films both independently and as a journalist. Darren has taken his experience in documentary storytelling to organizations that hope to communicate more effectively and memorably with their audiences, as well as develop editorial documentary films that add value to the world. Darren has had the opportunity to tell stories spanning the world from a Super Bowl in Indianapolis to the devastation in Haiti to the first inauguration of President Obama, all while working in broadcast and as the Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe. In 2014 he directed The Boston Globe’s first television documentary, 5 Runners, an Emmy Award nominated feature about the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. In 2017, he was the director of photography on Confluence, a feature film highlighting environmental concerns in National Parks currently in film festivals. Darren also co-directed Throw, a moving short-film that won Director’s Choice award at Telluride Mountain Film and a Vimeo Staff Pick. In 2018 he directed a shortfilm for Microsoft about the civilian cost of Russia’s cyber attack against Ukraine. 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 26 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. Most recently Darren was a featured speaker at ‘Video Playground’ in Denmark and has guest lectured at Harvard Extension School. Darren has had the honor of teaching visual storytelling in 18 states for various organizations and thrives on meeting passionate people with the shared goal of raising industry standards for the betterment of society. Darren believes there is no more effective way to communicate the human experience than to tell a story.

Festival Year: 2019



(US, 2018, 54min)
Director: Amy Marquis