A native of Atlanta, Chad Darnell returned "home" to Atlanta in October 2013 after spending 13 years working in Los Angeles as a casting director, producing and directing his own projects, and developing numerous projects for many established directors and producers. Recent projects include Magic Mike XXL, Imperium, Mercy Street, Lizzie, Blind Trust, and Living the Dream.
Filming on the highly-anticipated biopic Joey Stefano is expected to begin in late 2017. Filming on Darlene will begin production in January 2018 with Mary Lambert directing.
Darnell is also the founder of Base Camp: Savannah, an actor's resource group, which provides classes and workshops for actors in the Southeast.
Darnell’s feature film, Birthday Cake (the feature film sequel to Groom’s Cake) premiered on the festival circuit in Summer 2013, winning multiple awards including: Best Comedy Film and Best First Feature Film at Out on Film in Atlanta, Director’s Showcase and Best Comedy Film at Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Fan Favorite in Palm Springs to name a few. The film was released by Ariztical Entertainment in May 2014. CLICK HERE to buy a DVD. Also available on iTunes and Amazon.
Groom’s Cake is the winner of Audience Choice Best Short Film: Macon Film Festival, Best Short Film: Fort Worth International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Best Short Film: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, Best Narrative Short and Audience Choice Award at CNKY Film Scene Cincinnati, Best Short Film: Out on Film in Atlanta and Best Film Series: Cinema Diverse, Palm Springs.
His web series Project: Phoenix (co-starring Sherilyn Fenn, Susan Blakely, Lee Meriwether and Ian Roberts) currently streams at projectphoenix.tv.
He is writing The Telling and hopes to begin production in spring 2018.
Darnell directed and produced the short film The Revivals. He wrote and starred in the short film Habeas Corpus, which was nominated for Best Drama and Best Picture for the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Competition in 2012.
He is the screenwriter for Chapter 7 Entertainment’s Here’s What We’ll Say. Darnell developed Famous Last Words with Posh Pictures, and Tagged for Producer/ Director, Minh Collins.
Darnell co-wrote and co-produced the independent feature Away and co-produced the 2009 documentary I Want So Much to Live.
Darnell has worked on over 70 productions as an extras casting director, including such shows as Alias, Crossing Jordan, Cold Case, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, American Dreams and The Ghost Whisperer. He was also involved with the feature films Spider-Man, White Oleander, The Black Dahlia, Miss Congeniality 2, Catwoman, Dawn of the Dead, Must Love Dogs, Men In Black 2, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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