Darrell Lake

THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF DARRELL is created, written, directed and executive produced by Darrell Lake. A native of Sierra Leone, Darrell was born abroad in England. At a young age, he and his family were forced to flee his beloved native country due to the devastating war. His family sought refuge in Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia and Eritrea before moving back to Sierra Leone. During his travels, he became enthralled with the diverse cultures he was immersed in and came to the conclusion that he wanted to tell stories that capture the humanity he witnessed. After starting to write short stories and scripts, he quickly realized the limitations of a career in filmmaking in his country, so he pursued the American Dream and came to the U.S.! His industry accolades include: A Special Jury Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival for the short film Emergency that he starred in, Best Actor at the Independent Television and Film Festival, Best Web Series at the Miami Short Film Festival for The Incredible Life of Darrell, Semi-Finalist at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival for his drama short A Silent Whisper, Finalist for his short documentary Grand Park July 4th Block Party for the On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project curated by New Filmmakers Los Angeles, in partnership with the City of LA and LA Weekly, and Best Drama Web Series for his web series Love Struck at Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film and Webisode Festival. He also won best actor for starring in the short film Roubado both at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival and the Las Vegas Black Film Festival.