Derek Brown is a multidisciplinary director, cinematographer, editor, and producer of documentaries, music videos, commercials, and narrative films. Derek was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and is a proud alumnus of the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon, where he found his passion for filmmaking and storytelling. The day he finished a student film, "True Fighters," which went on to win a regional student Emmy, Derek bought a one-way ticket to New York and has been working in the area ever since.
He has led a wide range of projects; playing the role of cinematographer on "Back In Time" the hit documentary on Netflix, and "Legacy: Bob Hurley," an award-winning six-part mini-series for Showtime Sports, during which he was the series cinematographer and editor. He also directed and edited a comedy special for New York comedian, Nore Davis, entitled "You Guys Are Dope," which premiered on Amazon Prime and iTunes in May of 2018.
In addition to these projects he has directed, edited, and shot numerous commercials and branded films for a variety of clients including Amazon, Intel, Beats By Dre, Universal Music, Brooks Brothers, and Ancestry.
Most recently, he co-produced the independent feature film "Go/Don’t Go" which has played to rave reviews and garnered awards at festivals from coast to coast. He is also the Director of Photography of the second season of Netflix series “'Basketball Or Nothing'' which chronicles a high school basketball team on the Navajo Nation Reservation in northeastern Arizona.
Derek recently finished his first documentary short "Who The Fuck is Jeffrey Gurian?" which had its world premiere on Short Of The Week and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick. Additionally, he is in pre-production on his first narrative short film, "Polish Caprice," which has garnered acclaim in the HollyShorts Screenwriting Competition and Austin Film Festival Script Competition and is fiscally sponsored by From The Heart Productions, and in development on a dramatic series entitled "The Sky is Falling."