Darius Dawson is an International director based in LA. He spent his childhood splitting his time between North Carolina and Chicago, where his family still resides. He received his BA from NCSU in Film Studies then went on to study at NYU’s Grad Film program in Singapore where he concentrated in cinematography. While living in Southeast Asia he got the opportunity to lens commercials, music videos, branded content, and shorts in China, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Upon returning to the US he continued to work as a cinematographer for clients such as Hershey, the NY Giants, and the US Coast Guard. Years in advertising finally lead him back to narrative. In 2017 Darius enrolled in the AFI Conservatory’s Graduate Directing program. His thesis film, A Rodeo Film, recently won the DGA Student Film Grand Prize award for directing. Most recently he just finished directing for Peter and Bob Farrelly's new Quibi show, The Now. 

As an artist, Darius is interested in stories about rugged individuals overcoming their circumstances, morally ambiguous characters and stories with rural settings that incorporate Southern Gothic themes. 


Awards & Honors

DGA Student Film Grand Prize

A Rodeo Film 2019

Director's Guild of America Member

Since 2020

Golden Tadpole, Camerimage Cinematography Festival