DARREN DURLACH – Darren is a film/TV director that co-founded Early Light Media, a production company based in Baltimore, to take 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.
Over the past decade, 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 most recently as Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe. In 2014 he directed The Boston Globe’s first television documentary, 5 Runners, about the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.
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 23 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 his 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.
DAVID LARSON – Dave is a disciplined director, photographer and an intuitive storyteller who uses the human experience as a canvas for creative expression. As a director of both narrative and documentary projects, Dave looks to balance his technical savvy and gorgeous cinematic images with his ability to find the relatable truth within real moment-driven stories making his work connect on deeper levels. Dave’s film making talents have garnered him many industry awards. Most recently, his short film “Throw,” pulled in a Vimeo Staff pick and numerous prestigious film festival awards including the Festival Directors Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride.
This is an important story for anyone who dreams of improving their life situation. It was a true honor for Richard to trust us with his story and the greatest award we could win is his approval of this interpretation of his life. He loves it, so we’re happy.