Darius Clark Monroe grew up in Houston, Texas, the oldest of four children. As a child, he loved storytelling and spent his time writing short stories, poems, and songs. But he never saw it as anything more than a hobby, until he came across an article discussing the top film schools that linked Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee to NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. From then on, Darius knew he wanted to be where these bold, audacious directors had spent time and in NYU’s graduate program, he found his calling.
Darius credits his upbringing in making him a decisive director, able to delegate and juggle numerous tasks while in the center of swirling chaos. This ability, when combined with his introspective nature and emphasis on the power of graphic imagery, translates into award-winning work that’s emotionally resonant and mentally engaging. No matter the subject matter, whether it’s his own life in the autobiographical documentary Evolution of a Criminal, or the story of the displaced New Orleans’ residents post Hurricane Katrina in Two Cities, Darius’ work contains powerful visuals, distinct sound design, original storytelling, and visceral performances that creates a conversation with the audience.
He throws his spirit into every frame of his work, whether it’s an ad campaign, short film, or documentary. Darius’ distinct perspective and visually engaging style have won him accolades such as Emerging Filmmaker Award (International Documentary Association), Documentary Audience Award (BlackStar Film Festival), Directing Award (BlackStar Film Festival), Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, Grand Jury Award (Full Frame Film Festival), Filmmaker Award (Full Frame Film Festival), National Board of Review Award, HBO Documentary Award, HBO Short Film Award, and more. Adding to the praise he has received from juries, Darius’s work has been equally well received by his filmmaking peers, with his films consistently being named Vimeo Staff Picks.