Darnell Martin

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Purportedly the first African-American woman to make a major studio movie (with Columbia Pictures), directing, writing and co-producing "I Like It Like That" (1994). Martin began her career as 2nd assistant camera on ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1964 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (29)

The Night Shift 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Grimm 2011 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Wish You Well 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Unforgettable 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Fire 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Vampire Diaries 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Firelight 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

Detroit 1-8-7 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mentalist 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Gossip Girl 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Happy Town 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order 2003, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Kidnapped 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Oz 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Soul Food 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

I Like It Like That 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Suspect 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond (Tv Show)

Director

The Lost Valentine (TV Show)

Director
Writer (3)

Cadillac Records 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Like It Like That 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (2)

Nowhere Fast 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deadly Obsession 1988 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)
Producer (1)

Prison Song 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

assistant camera (Assistant Camera Operator)

Biography

Purportedly the first African-American woman to make a major studio movie (with Columbia Pictures), directing, writing and co-producing "I Like It Like That" (1994). Martin began her career as 2nd assistant camera on Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" (1989), after a meeting with Lee's director of photography Ernest Dickerson.

Relationships

Giuseppe Ducrot

Husband
Italian married in 1994

Nan Jackson

Mother

Lowry Martin

Sister
Born c. 1952

EDUCATION

Fordham University

Bronx , New York

Barnard School for Girls

New York , New York

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York

New York University

New York , New York
Did not graduate

Milestones

2008

Wrote and directed "Cadillac Records" about influential record-company executive Leonard Chess

2005

Directed the ABC TV-movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

2002

Directed several episodes of NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

2001

Helmed the film "Prison Song"; also wrote and produced

1997

Directed episodes of the TV shows, "ER" (NBC) and "Oz" (HBO)

1994

Wrote, directed and co-produced first feature, "I Like It Like That"

1992

Served as assistant camera operator for Jonathan Demme's documentary "Cousin Bobby"

1991

Directed first short film "Suspect"

1989

Worked as 2nd assistant camera on Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing"

1989

Starred in the independant erotic-thriller "Deadly Obsession"

Met Ernest Dickerson through a job at a film lab

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