A Seattle native, Grant grew up behind the camera studying his mother's artistry as she made her mark as an indie filmmaker. After graduating film school, Grant took the industry by storm. His meteoric rise includes a catalogue of over 100 award winning music videos. From Grammy winners to music icons, Grant drew on his innate creativity to uniquely compliment each artist. With Grant at the helm, his videos received heavy rotation on MTV, BET, FUSE and MUCH MUSIC, further propelling the artists to the top of the music charts. This perfect symmetry also garnered a multitude of directorial awards, such as a MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for Destiny's Child "Survivor," 2 Billboard Music Video Awards, NAACP Award and an MVPA (Music Video Prod Assoc) from his piers for "Video of the Year" for his work with Jewel. His signature style has created timeless pieces for Beyonce, TI, Common, Jay Z, Aaliyah, Jewel, Missy Elliot, Monica and Vanessa Hudgens to name a few.

Over the last four years Darren made a big splash in the episodic directing space with multiple episodes of The Chi, Queen of the South, Legacies, God Friended Me and Soundtrack. Other credits include Wu-Tang (An American Saga), Barkskins, Suits, Unsolved (The Biggie Tupac Murders), The Purge, All American, Supernatural, Empire, La's Finest and he served as co-executive producer on sixteen episodes of Saints and Sinners. 

​Grant's first feature film exploded onto the big screen "Diary of A Mad Black Woman” (Lions Gate Films) debuted at #1. A fan favorite, it grossed over $75 million domestic/DVD. His sophomore feature, "Make it Happen" – a dance film set in the world of modern burlesque (The Weinstein Company) followed shortly after, solidifying his position in the feature film arena.  Grant's vast body of work includes commercials for a variety of global brands, such as Budweiser, McDonalds, Major League Baseball and Victoria’s Secret. He also frequently lends his expertise to PSA's such as "Hitman," an award-winning anti-smoking campaign. Currently, Grant is working on a broad spectrum of projects utilizing his experience as a director, writer & producer to continually deliver cutting edge content.​​

TELEVISION:

2020       LA'S FINEST

2020       GOD FRIENDED ME

2020       QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

2020       HOT TOPIC (WENDY WILLIAMS STORY)

2020       LEGACIES     

2019        WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA

2019        GOD FRIENDED ME

2019        LEGACIES

2019        BARKSKINS

2019        THE CHI

2019        THE PURGE

2019        QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

2019        SOUNDTRACK (2)

2019        EMPIRE

2018        THE CHI

2018        GOD FRIENDED ME

2018        SUITS

2018        SUPERNATURAL

2018        ALL AMERICAN

2018        LEGACIES

2018        QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

2017       UNSOLVED - THE MURDERS OF TUPAC AND BIGGIE 

2017       SCREAM (2)

2017       THE CHI  

2017       SAINTS & SINNERS CO-EP/DIR - (16)

 

FEATURE FILMS:

2016     KILLING HASSELHOFF (UNIVERSAL/WWE FILMS)

2016     LEXUS "VERSES AND FLOW" JILL SCOTT/FIVEOLOGY TOUR SHORT

2010     MAKE IT HAPPEN  (TWC)

2005     DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN  (LIONS GATE FILMS)

 

COMMERCIAL:

SPAULDING "NEVER FINISHED" DEMAR DEROZAN

LEXUS VERSES & FLOW "POET MOMENTS" 2013-2016

CLEAR HAIR CARE (ELLE VARNER)

BUDWEISER "CLOCKWATCH"

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA

MCDONALDS (SERENA AND VENUS WILLIAMS)

DARK AND LOVELY (GABRIEL UNION)

"HITMAN" ANTI SMOKING PSA (AWARD WINING) 

VICTORIA’S SECRET (SELITA EBANKS)

 

MUSIC VIDEO:

DESTINY’S CHILD- “SURVIVOR” (MTV AWARD), “BILLS BILLS BILLS,”“NO   NO NO,” “BUGA BOO.”

JEWEL- “STANDING STILL” (MVPA AWARD)

CRAIG DAVID- “FILL ME IN” (BILLBOARD AWARD)

BRIAN MCKNIGHT- “ANYTIME,” “HOLD ME”

HOWIE DAY- “SHE SAYS”

MYA- “FALLEN”

BOYZ II MEN “PASSING YOU BY”, “THANK YOU IN ADVANCE” “I WILL GET THERE” (SOUNDTRACK VIDEO)

AALIYAH “THE ONE I GAVE MY HEAR TO” “I MISS YOU”

TAMIA “QUESTIONS” “CAN’T GET ENOUGH”

98 DEGREES “WAS IT SOMETHING I DIDN’T SAY”

MONICA “STREET SYMPHONY”

VANESSA HUDGENS- “SAY OKAY”

JAY Z & JERMAINE DUPREE “MONEY AIN’T A THANG”

CODY SIMPSON- “SO LISTEN”

CORRS- “ALL THE LOVE” (SOUNDTRACK VIDEO)

INDIA ARIE- “PURIFY ME” (SOUNDTRACK VIDEO)

COMMON- “YOU REMIND ME”

 

*FULL LIST AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST