"I always wanted to be like Lynch, Polanski or Kubrick. As I went along I realized I resided more in the Carpenter, Cronenberg, Romero neighbourhood. By the time I finally got my first film made I was just happy to be me."
Chris Darton (director/camera/producer/editor) is an Indigenous writer and filmmaker who is currently earning his Bachelor’s Degree studying Indigenous Studies at Laurentian University. Chris has worked as a freelance writer, photographer and filmmaker for the past 30 years since graduating from Sheridan College in Film.
Growing up in Fort Erie, Ontario Chris played hockey and read comic books like any normal Canadian kid until the start of the home video revolution in the early 80’s. Owning one of the first video systems on the market and fertile imagination Chris began watching 2 or 3 movies a day and shooting his own movies on Super 8mm.
After college Chris worked for 5 years in a video store where he immersed himself in films of all sorts: horror, drama, foreign, action ... watching anything he could get his hands on.
Chris has produced/directed/shot/edited two feature length documentary films for his production company Blues Harp Productions: ‘The Way We Was: The Story of the Kendall Wall Band’ and ‘Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks’. In 2019 he completed the short documentary ‘The Essence of Goodness: The Harold Axtell Story’ about noted naturalist/ornithologist/scientist Harold Axtell. In 2020 Chris produced and directed the short documentaries At the Brink: A Personal View of Suicides Over Niagara Falls and Angie: Tales of Determination. As well, Chris is shooting ‘This Is Paradise: The Story of the Cameron House’ about the legendary Toronto venue where such fabled Canadian music acts as Big Sugar, Ron Sexsmith, Molly Johnson and Blue Rodeo got their starts.
On top of his documentary work, Chris also acts as Producer for Skeleton Crew Entertainment. Producing the award winning music video/mini horror film ‘Halloween Baby’ for veteran Canadian rockers Bobnoxious. In 2017 Skeleton Crew Entertainment released ’37% Pure Evil’ which premiered at Frightmare in the Falls in Niagara Falls Ontario; as well the film was an Official Selection at Shock Stock 2018 where it won the Crystal Shocker Award for Best Screenplay. As well, he has shot music videos for Judy Brown and was DOP on the award nominated video Hammered and Nailed for The Mighty Duck Blues Band.
  • Producer (9 Credits)
    Angie: Tales of Determination
    Documentary
    Project Cold Days
    Documentary
    Ernesto2019
    Documentary
    Essence of Goodness: The Harold Axtell Story2019
    Documentary
    37% Pure Evil2017
    Short
    Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks2017
    Documentary
    Monkey Business 2017
    Music Video
    Halloween Baby2016
    Music Video
    The Way We Was: The Story of the Kendall Wall Band2016
    Documentary
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Angie: Tales of Determination
    Documentary
    Ernesto2019
    Documentary
    Essence of Goodness: The Harold Axtell Story2019
    Documentary
    Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks2017
    Documentary
    Monkey Business 2017
    Music Video
    The Way We Was: The Story of the Kendall Wall Band2016
    Documentary
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Born To Suffer
    Screenplay
    Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks2017
    Documentary
    Monkey Business 2017
    Music Video
    The Way We Was: The Story of the Kendall Wall Band2016
    Documentary
  • Editor (1 Credit)
    At the Brink: A Personal Look at Suicides Over Niagara Falls 2020
    Documentary, Short
Crystal Shock Award - Best Screenplay
37% Pure Evil
Shock Stock - London
London Ontario
2018
No Awards
Halloween Baby
Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
Toronto
2017
College
Sheridan College
Film
19851988
College
Sheridan College
Illustration
19841985
College
Laurentian University
Indigenous Studies
20182020
Birth City
Fort Erie, Ontario
Current City
Welland, Ontario
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Metis
Eye Color
Green
Zodiac Sign
Sagittarius
Married To
Katherine Darton
Children
4
"I always wanted to be like Lynch, Polanski or Kubrick. As I went along I realized I resided more in the Carpenter, Cronenberg, Romero neighbourhood. By the time I finally got my first film made I was just happy to be me."