Desmond Levi Jackson is an African American filmmaker originally hailing from Dallas, Texas. A self-proclaimed Japanese otaku and superhero fanatic, Desmond found success in filmmaking within three years of graduating from Hofstra University’s film program in Long Island, New York. Films he produced while at Hofstra University include Hungry, which was awarded the Best Short Film award at the 2015 Oktober Film Festival, and Rose Donohue, a 1950’s Stripper murder mystery that has been lauded for its art direction.
Possessing strong skills in producing and project management Desmond has worked in the industry for several years. With his experience as a production coordinator on the reality show Kill Rob Bailey, he emphasized synergistic collaboration and effective communication. He has also fulfilled the roles of a technical director for live interviews, webmaster, and social media strategist as the associate multimedia producer for CatScape Productions. Additionally, he has worked as a content security shift leader on the Netflix shows Luke Cage and Daredevil and has sifted through potential film acquisitions for the SundanceTV channel as the program operations coordinator at AMC Networks.
Ultimately, Desmond yearns to produce stories that not only experiment with traditional storytelling conventions, but also break barriers, dismantle outdated stigmas, and build empathy. His short film Funk Force, which portrays a team of dysfunctional black superheroes, has been awarded the Audience Choice award at the 2018 Super Geek film festival and has been an official selection at the DC Black Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers NY Film Festival.
Desmond is currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at Chapman University