Darnley R. Hodge Jr.

Darnley R. Hodge Jr., is an award winning photojournalist and video editor with more than twenty years of broadcast and production experience. He holds an M.A. in Producing for Film, Video, and Television from American University and a B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been featured on every national broadcast television network and many national cable stations and he has given lectures on media and film at George Washington University, Howard University, The University of Maryland, American University, and Prince George’s Community College. Over the years Darnley has covered everything from the Pentagon on 9-11, to the World Series in Anaheim, to the President of the Ivory Coast in Abidjan on his 2004 reelection campaign. He was a photographer on several Emmy nominated news stories and won a 2000 NABJ award for his camera work on Ric Young’s “Blacks in the Military” special. He has shot and directed several interviews with President Obama and he still regularly covers Capitol Hill and the White House for national news networks. Darnley has served as director of photography, director, and producer on numerous projects including news gathering, reality television, commercials, music videos, travel shows, and corporate video projects. He is an expert AVID, Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro editor, has Capitol Hill press credentials, and has worked as a photographer, editor and field producer for NBC, CNBC, and COX national networks and CBS and ABC affiliates in Richmond, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Darnley has also worked behind the scenes on international productions in East, West and Central Africa, South America, Central America, The United Kingdom, and the West Indies. As his career took him to more than 20 countries on five continents, Darnley witnessed first hand how the scourge of racism plagues the planet. He saw for himself how the darker skinned members of every society he visited, including the United States, suffered from disproportionate levels of poverty, discrimination and marginalization. In the wake of several extrajudicial killings of unarmed black men in the United States, Darnley became dissatisfied with the manner in which these events were being covered on many of the mainstream media outlets and he wanted to use his media access and news experience to address the issue on screen in a more meaningful way. So, in 2012 he decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Producing for Film and Video at American University to further enhance his film making knowledge and expertise. It was there, while studying under the famous IMAX documentary filmmaker, Chris Palmer, that Darnley became inspired to create, as his master thesis, a documentary called Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder that would address the root cause of the racial issues faced by the worldwide African diaspora, particularly in the United States: the system of white supremacy. Suffice to say the project was a major undertaking with potentially dangerous consequences. But after more than two years of research, study, and interviews, the project took on something of a life of its own, becoming something far above and beyond a university project. After graduating in 2014 Darnley spent the next 5 years studying, traveling, and shooting interviews and footage for a new feature length film project addressing The American Legacy of White Supremacy. His latest film, The American LOWS, is the result.

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