Darren R. Mann is an award-winning 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. The film went on to garner multiple Audience Awards at festivals around the world. 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; AMERICAN DREAM: Detroit, taking a look at the remarkable economic comeback taking place in downtown Detroit. Includes interviews with Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Francis Ford Coppola, Alice Cooper, Jerry Bruckheimer; BUSH – Sounds from the Vault (in-production), focusing on the 20-year retrospective of the meteoric 90’s rock band; STATE OF CONTROL, 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; BECOMING BARACK (BET) on Obama’s early years as a community organizer in Chicago; 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/edited 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 from Emerson College, and lives in Venice, CA.