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 Dirty Grandpa, Christine, Mercy Street, Selma and Magic Mike XXL.
Filming on his supernatural thriller, R.I.P., is expected to begin filming in late 2015 Savannah, GA. Cast and director to be announced soon.
Filming on the highly-anticipated Joey Stefano biopic, X-Rated, is expected to begin in late 2015.
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
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 Kill Room, which is expected to begin shooting in Summer 2015.
He is currently developing the pilot Mortified with Hazy Mills (producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner) and the pilot Angel of Death.
Darnell is also developing the feature films Holiday Girlfriend, That Time I Shot My Mother and Thousand Dollar Cash Prize.
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
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,
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
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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