Datari Turner

Producer, Nine Days

One of the most prolific independent producers in film, Datari Turner is crafting a career like no other. As founder of Datari Turner Productions in 2010, Datari has been a producer who has helped finance over 30 feature films, including 8 films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: Nine Days (2020); Ms. Purple (2019); A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. (2018); Gook (winner of the NEXT Audience Award in 2017), Ten Thousand Saints (2015), Luv (2012), Another Happy Day (2011) and Salvation Boulevard (2011). Together his films have earned 98 festival award nominations. Datari has worked with four Academy Award winners (Jennifer Connolly, Common, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Burstyn) and 13 Academy Award nominees, including Ethan Hawke, James Franco, Stanley Tucci, Dev Patel, Hailee Steinfeld and Ruby Dee. Possessing a keen eye for talent, Turner gave big screen debuts to some of the hottest emerging black actors today including Ryan Destiny, Michael Rainey Jr., Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and cast rapper Common in his first lead film role. Uncorked, starring Courtney B. Vance and Niecy Nash, and directed by first-time filmmaker Prentice Penny (also showrunner of HBO’s Insecure) recently premiered on Netflix and became the number one movie in America its first weekend on the platform. Most recently, Nine Days, starring Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics in a high seven figure deal after winning several awards at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.