Darren Mann is an award-winning documentary Director/Producer/Editor and founder of Mann-made Pictures. His films include: THIS COLD LIFE for TIME, Inc. (Sundance/AMC), which world premiered at Hot Docs in Toronto. Filmed entirely on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of the colorful characters who choose to live in the northernmost town in the world; GOTTA KEEP DREAMIN’ (in post-production), taking a look at the remarkable economic comeback taking place in downtown Detroit; BUSH – Sounds from the Vault (in-production), focusing on the 20-year retrospective of the meteoric 90’s rock band; STATE OF CONTROL (Filmbuff), taking a first-hand look at the China/Tibet crisis in the hi-tech age. Their undercover cameras were some of the only ones to film inside Tibet since the state-mandated media blackout in the region. The film has garnered press in the Washington Post and The Hollywood Reporter; SOUNDS OF MOTOWN, which follows legendary singer Michael Bolton as he journeys into the artists from Motown and Detroit that inspired the world (including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves); BECOMING BARACK (BET) on Obama’s early years as a community organizer in Chicago; FIGHTF*CKPRAY, which premiered at the Atlanta Int’l Film Festival; AN OX’S TALE, on the legendary rock band The Who; AMERICAN SUMO (iNDEMAND), following four very different US competitors on their quest for sumo gold.
In addition to films, Darren has directed/produced over 50 hours of broadcast television for such networks as Nat Geo, Discovery, FOX, VH-1, and ESPN, including a 20-episode animal conservation series, UNCAGED, currently airing on Discovery Int’l. His work has led him to such areas as Antarctica, Nepal, Europe, China, India, Africa, Tibet, The Arctic Circle, the jungles of Borneo, Panama and Rwanda. Darren holds a degree in Film/Television from Boston’s Emerson College.