Darnell Martin

Darnell Martin

Highest Rated: 88% I Like It Like That (1994)

Lowest Rated: 66% Cadillac Records (2008)

Birthday: Jan 7, 1964

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

With a sharp creative vision and an uncompromising set of ideals, filmmaker Darnell Martin first made a name for herself with her 1994 feature film debut "I Like it Like That" (1994). Born in the Bronx in 1964 to a white mother and a black father, Martin professed to feeling more at home with the Puerto Rican family that lived next door to her than with members of her parents' respective races-amongst whom she never felt she fit in. She would graduate from Sarah Lawrence college before gaining an apprenticeship as an assistant camera operator on Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" (1989). Martin soon began directing commercials and music videos for artists like Samantha Fox and Chi Ali before directing her first short film, "Suspect" (1992). The piece explored the way people of color are all too often unfairly perceived as criminals, and it won major acclaim at New York Public Theater's Young Black Cinema showcase. She followed it with "I Like it Like That," before switching gears to focus on TV, directing several episodes of shows like "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Oz" (HBO, 1997-2003). Martin returned to the big screen in 2001, writing and directing the drama "Prison Song" (2001). She next made waves in 2005, directing the acclaimed TV movie adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2005). Turning to the big screen again, Martin then wrote and directed the musical drama "Cadillac Records" (2008), a film chronicling the rise of blues and R&B label Chess Records from the '40s through the '60s. She would garner acclaim for directing the TV movie "Firelight" (ABC, 2012), and remained active in episodic TV, directing episodes of "Beyond" (ABC Family, 2016-), "Incorporated" (Syfy, 2016-), and "Sleepy Hollow" (Fox, 2013-) in 2017.




No Score Yet 74% Wish You Well Director - 2013
No Score Yet 60% Firelight Director - 2012
No Score Yet 76% The Lost Valentine Director - 2011
66% 65% Cadillac Records Director,
$8.1M 2008
No Score Yet 81% Their Eyes Were Watching God Director - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circulo Vicioso Associate Producer - 2003
No Score Yet 94% Prison Song Director,
- 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere Fast Darnell (Character) - 1996
88% 91% I Like It Like That Director $1.7M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Obsession Denise (Character) - 1989


No Score Yet 55% New Amsterdam Director 2018-2022
86% 72% For Life Director 2020
81% 80% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Director 2020
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Director 2019
No Score Yet 63% Unforgettable Director 2014
86% 70% The Vampire Diaries Director 2013
No Score Yet 89% Chicago Fire Director 2013
No Score Yet 88% The Mentalist Director 2011
81% 100% Detroit 1-8-7 Director 2011
46% 66% Happy Town Director 2010
No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Director 2002-2007 2010
84% 78% Gossip Girl Director 2010
No Score Yet 50% Life on Mars Director 2008-2009
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Director 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragnet Director 2003
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Director 2002
92% 98% Oz Director 1997