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Darren R. Grand

Darren R. Grand

Director Darren R. Grant has a catalogue of over 130 music videos and a cluster of award-winning commercials. Grant has been recognized by record and film company executives for his innate ability to capture and present aspects of an artist's personality that hadn't been truly recognized before on film. This ability has made him one of the most viable and sought after directors in the Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop music video markets.

Grant has worked such notable entertainers as Jay Z, Destiny's Child, Jermaine Dupri, Mya, TI, Anthony Hamilton, Wyclef Jean, Brian McKnight, Busta Rhymes, Monica, Jermaine Dupri, Jaheim, Jewel, Missy Elliot and the late Aaliyah.

Grant was introduced to the film industry at an early age by his mother Patsy Hilbert, who was an independent filmmaker. A vital part of the Seattle film scene, Hilbert wrote and directed several award-winning small films, and was part of several popular commercial campaigns in that city. After graduating high school Darren headed to San Diego State University in a VW bug he had purchased for $300. Three hours into the trip the car's engine blew. Grant hopped on a bus and arrived with an undeclared major at SDSU. Two years later he transferred to the Los Angeles-based Cal State Northridge where he earned his BA and completed his formal education in film.

He has been awarded the Video Music Award for R&B Video of the year for Destiny Child's video for Survivor; the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video for Stomp with Kirk Franklin; Billboard Music Video Awards for Best Dance new Artist Clip and Best R&B New Artist Clip for the Craig David video Fill Me In; and the Music Video Production Association Award for Adult Contemporary Video of the Year for Jewel's Standing Still video.

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN marks Grant's feature film directorial debut.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Darren R. Grand Facts

OccupationDirector

Selected Filmography

Not available.