Born and raised by his mother and grandmother in the Florence-Graham neighborhood of Los Angeles, Darion Allen is a young Black man with a strong sense of self and unwavering respect for all cultures. From a young age he developed a “by any means necessary” mentality that helped him overcome the perils of his environment that continues to motivate him as a filmmaker.
Currently Darion is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is pursuing a B.S. in Personal Finance, B.S. in Communication Arts, Certificate in Digital Studies, and Certificate in Digital Cinema Production. In addition to his academics, he serves as the Talk Director and host of a radio talk show with WSUM 91.7 FM Madison Student Radio.
With a goal to become a prominent figure in contemporary Hollywood cinema, he is dedicated to writing and directing films that encapsulate the essence of the Black experience and contribute to the ongoing efforts to develop a holistic image of Blackness in film. In addition, he plans on serving Black and Brown communities by designing film curriculum to instill the fundamentals of filmmaking in the next generation of visionaries. By focusing on creating authentic depictions of Black culture, he hopes to bring people closer to understanding what it truly means to be Black in this world.