Born in Hollywood, Darren Cohn always felt destined to be a filmmaker. However, being born in Hollywood, Florida, his journey to Hollywood, California would take him a bit longer.
Darren earned his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Production at the University of Florida. During his time as a Gator, Darren had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England at the Foundation for International Education, where he studied British television and media.
In Gainesville, Darren threw himself into as many on-campus production opportunities as he could. He was a floor manager and technical director for WUFT-TV’s daily newscasts, a DJ for Rock104.com, and, always a Gator fan, he worked on the field for a variety of UF sporting events.
In 2015, Darren began working for UF Hillel, the University of Florida’s Jewish student union, where he wrote, filmed, and edited videos to promote the organization to students and alumni. This opportunity allowed Darren to learn independently about video production, while also getting involved in the Jewish community at UF.
In 2013, a student-run production organization, ChomPics Productions, was formed at the University of Florida. With ChomPics Productions, Darren served as a head writer for three different online web series. One of his scripts won “Best Comedy Script” at the 2016 National Broadcasting Society’s 2016 convention, and aired on PBS in Northern Florida. With ChomPics, Darren also produced multiple shorts and co-hosted a pop culture podcast.
Eager to grow as a filmmaker, Darren moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, Darren continued to hone his abilities in directing, writing, and editing, always with a focus on comedy. He gained experience in live multicamera television, serving as a director for USC’s live sketch comedy show, and as a director for a sitcom pilot. Darren had the opportunity to crew on numerous film sets in Los Angeles and even in Europe, serving as assistant director for the short film Anathema, which was shot on the island of Cyprus.
Also in 2017, Darren interned with Brian Catalina Entertainment, where he got the chance to learn about the development side of unscripted television. Darren edited sizzle reels, researched show ideas, and helped create pitches for shows that would go on to be presented to networks.
In 2018, Darren interned with Immortal Cinema International, where he got experience as an assistant editor. He worked on various music videos, short films, and a feature-length documentary.
Darren’s time at USC culminated in him writing and directing his thesis film, “Time Again”, a sci-fi comedy about a man who goes back in time to change his past and win the girl of his dreams. “Time Again” is currently on the festival circuit, and is making its premiere at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival.
Darren graduated from USC in 2020. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to pursue writing and directing comedies.