Role:FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 1, _FilmMakerRole = Director) / FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 4, _FilmMakerRole = Screenwriter) / FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 3, _FilmMakerRole = Editor)
DirectorsCharlie Chaplin, Joel Cohen, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks, Christopher Guest, Robert Altman, Michael Moore, Ezra Soiferman, Stephen Spielberg, Rob Reiner, David Lynch, Ron Howard...
FestivalsMcLuhan Festival of the Future 2006 Signis Belarus Magnificat Film Festival 2006 United Nations International Disabilities Symposium 2005 Inigo Film Festival 2005 Religion Today Film Festival 2005
Professional AffiliationsL’Arche Canada/ International
- Jun 13, 2007 4:03 AM Young Woman born with Cerebral Palsy awarded 2007 Toronto Social Justice Award
- May 5, 2007 9:54 AM SPOON MAN - New clip of feature documentary in progress
- Mar 8, 2007 4:16 PM RECLAIM THE TRUTH: - Article/review by Nadia Delicata M.D., McLuhan Fellow
- Mar 8, 2007 3:44 PM THE BIOGRAPHY CHANNEL picks up "McLuhan Way"
- Feb 5, 2007 8:39 PM Press Release - "Prophets of Peace", explores the developmentally disabled as teachers.
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About me:As far as I know I'm the only Deiren (like Darren) in the world who spells their name this way. I'm the last of 8 kids. My parents got all creative with me. Our family came from Ireland in the early 1800s. Potatoe famine. Good ol' days. They took the name Eire, which the Irish Constitution references as: "The name of the state is Eire, or, in the English language, Ireland." They dropped the accent, added a D and an N, and created an utterly unpronouncable name that's always been pronounced "Darren" for simplicitys sake. I like it. I'm keeping it. I make films and I write music. The two paths often cross.
SPOON MAN - WATCH AND SHARE - WEEZ GONNA MAKE A MOVIE!!!
I'm a storyteller with a strong penchant for biography. I believe the best films, or stories of any medium, mix humour and pathos well. They walk back and forth between tears of joy and tears of sadness. For me, those are the most memorable moments in real life as well as recounting them in story.
Who goes to work with the developmentally disabled to start a film career? It's not a normal root but when I was 24 (now a while ago) I moved into a community where I made a commitment to care for and live with people with developmental disabilities. It was a community called L'Arche, founded by the lauded philosopher and humanitarian, Jean Vanier. BA in hand, I had been writing in magazines, making independant films and writing music, some of which scored my films. I took an illogical leap and put my filmmaking and musical career on the side burner for one year.
SCHOOL OF LIFE
One year turned into six as L'Arche became a serious education in relationship and the development of a compassionate society. It wasn't long before I found ways to use my storytelling talents in the community.
Editing the community's newsletter and then creating a series of documentary films I focused mainly on the profiles and biographies of some incredible and horribly overlooked people, many of whom had lived through and continued to face a world that has blatantly rejected them. These were thematic portraits that centred on the spirit in side of these individuals who were completely themselves, bare, honest, no masks.
Inspried by the vision of Jean Vanier, my stories started to take off into publications like The Toronto Star, and stations such as Vision TV and SCN. The road has proved an amazing ride ever since.
STORYTELLING WITH A PURPOSE
I've worked with some large charities and led documentary production at specialty channel in Canada for a couple of years, slugging away on miniscule crews and budgets. It was a challenge and an amazing opportunity because it required me to use all my skills, and creativity, so I directed, wrote, produced, filmed, edited and composed music for five feature documentaries in a little over a year. I've since moved full freelance, spicing up my creative options and broadening my storytelling palate.
I believe in the adage to entertain with a message - much of my work has offered a compassionate, humanitarian and social concience, but in the end storytelling is storytelling and art means you communicate with emotion and passion - it's the call of free spirits.
PROPHETS OF PEACE
My recent DVD series which I am proud of, focuses on the gifts of people with developmental disabilities and the lessons they offer society. It's a culmination of all the portrait documentaries I have created in this area, including "Revel in the Light", the story of Rebecca Beayni, an inspirational young woman living with cerebral palsy, who presented the video at the United Nations in New York in a symposium on disabilities issues.
Check out my personal website: WWW.DEIREN.COM ..
RELATIONSHIP IS THE ESSENCE OF LIFE!
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- Status: Married
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Body type: 6' 0" / Athletic
- Religion: Catholic
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Children: Someday
- Education: College graduate
GeneralDidn't anybody ever wonder why nobody on Sesame Street believed Big Bird about Snuffle-ufagus. I mean, they believed in a 7 foot, bright yellow, talking bird, but they didn't believe what the bird was saying? I mean come on. You wonder why we're confused.