Talent Guide

Derek Doneen

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2016, Fast Track 2015, Grants and Awards 2016, Grants and Awards 2017


Derek Donen started his career as Participant Media’s first in-house filmmaker, where he directed award-winning content for Starbucks, American Express, The Center for National Policy, and The Gates Foundation. He met Davis Guggenheim while creating ancillary content for Waiting for Superman, and soon after, the two began a formal partnership. Derek edited Guggenheim’s film honoring George Steven’s Jr. for the Academy Awards, produced The Dream is Now and directed Spent: Looking for Change which has over 12 million views on YouTube. Most recently, he edited Kobe Bryant’s Muse and co-directed with Guggenheim the opening segment for HBO’s broadcast, U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in Paris.

Current Project

Shot in the Dark (Documentary Feature)


Deep within Chicago's notoriously violent Westside, the Orr Academy Spartans must band together - not only to win a championship, but to survive.