Don Dartt was born in a suburb of Los Angeles, California. The eldest son of a well known gospel singer, Don spent most of his childhood on a tour bus. Showing an early talent for Puppetry, young Don was on stage, night after night, performing comedy ventriloquism at his Dad’s concerts. He also had a gift for music and found his way into empty concert venues by day, where he began creating his own piano compositions.
But the film bug bit hard one Saturday in 1977 when Don saw the original Star Wars on the big screen. From that moment on it was all about Film and Film Music. He read anything he could get his hands on about making movies. The musical scores of composers such as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith became the soundtrack of life. Early attempts at filmmaking came with the advent of the home video camera. Fake UFO sightings, Lego Spaceship launches, Rubber Monsters vomiting ketchup and Cat Videos - way before their time - were common fare at the Dartt household.
While attending college, Don’s Senior Thesis, a 30 minute Sci-Fi/Comedy entitled Through The Vortex, was awarded Highest Achievement In Video Production. After graduating with a degree in Communications Don's path led to work at various TV stations, an eight year gig as a nationally touring comedian and recording artist, and eventual work in high-end film and television production.
In 2008 Don joined the staff at the world’s largest faith-based television network, TBN. He eventually rose to the position of General Manager and Production Head at the network's Nashville Studios. While at TBN Don helped develop signature programming for the TBN Family of Networks, including youth network JUCE-TV and children’s network SMILE. He produced and directed internationally broadcast Music Specials, Talk Shows, Music Videos, cinematic Promotional Spots, the comedy kid series LadsTV and several seasons of the award winning sitcom iShine KNECT. Don headed up post production on many of these shows and wherever possible created Original Music.
During this time Don also wrote and directed two independent films; Choices, for The Jason Foundation and a documentary feature, The God On The Mountain Legacy for Dartt Media Group. Don also composed the musical scores for both films.
In May of 2014 Don left his GM post at TBN Nashville to pursue contract film and television work and to develop his own Feature Films. He currently lives in the Nashville area with his wife Debbie.
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