Biography

D. Channsin Berry, a modern day Renaissance man, is the Director/Producer (along with Bill Duke) of "Dark Girls". The "Dark Girls" documentary explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly of dark-skinned African American women. Mr. Berry is also the Director/Producer of the new film-in-the making, "I Raise My Hands…The Tramaine Hawkins Story", the docu-film showcasing the music and life of gospel great, Lady Tramaine Hawkins. Mr. Berry is not only a filmmaker, but also a prolific songwriter and painter. His career moved seamlessly through the movie and music industries when he began working in New York radio at WBLS-FM under the tutelage of mentor and friend, Frankie Crocker. Then, after five years of radio in the San Francisco Bay area, Mr. Berry moved to Los Angeles where he worked at the Walt Disney Studios Feature Film Financing Division, and honed his skills in the production and finance sides of the business.

Mr. Berry went on to grow his creative talents by writing and directing music videos for notable artists such as Chaka Khan, and Dionne Warwick. Using his unique musical talents to write songs for Pop/R&B artists Chaka Khan, Howard Hewlett, The Berry/Proulx Project, and Jazz vocalist Mary Stallings, Mr. Berry later collaborated with his musical partner John Proulx to create the 2006 Grammy award-winning CD with the legendary jazz vocalist, Nancy Wilson, "Turned to Blue". He also directed the PRAME Awards honoring African-Americans in advertising.

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