Darroch Greer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, freelance writer and historical researcher. He’s researched, written, produced and directed films on American and European history, natural history and popular culture for PBS, TCM, Discovery, History, TBS and VH1. He’s worked broadly and deeply in the fields of Native America, Western history, the Civil War, Lincoln’s presidency, World War One, World War Two, jazz, Hollywood history and pop music.
In 2007, he and filmmaking partner Ron King founded Humanus Documentary Films Foundation to produce the documentary, The Millionaires’ Unit – The First U.S. Naval Aviators in World War I. Darroch wrote the film and was co-director/producer with King. Over seven years, they raised a million dollars while filming along the Eastern Seaboard, over the North Sea, and in England, France and Belgium. Stunning air-to-air sequences were filmed with Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WWI aircraft in New Zealand. In 2015, The Millionaires’ Unit began playing the film festival circuit and won Best Documentary Feature at the GI Film Festival in Washington, D.C., and at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City.
In January 2020, Darroch and partner Paul Glenshaw premiered a second WWI aviation film, The Lafayette Escadrille—The American Volunteers Who Flew for France in WWI, on which they spent six weeks of production in France. The team raised another million dollars for the two-hour film, and they are currently executing a distribution plan in this year of Covid.
Simultaneously, Glenshaw and Greer are developing a film project on Duke Ellington. Tangentially, they started The Seven Tones Project to keep musicians and filmmakers creatively productive during sequestration. So far, over 35 films have been produced featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
Darroch has also developed and written exhibits for museums and theme parks, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, the Atturaif Living Museum outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as well as projects in Chicago, Florida, Pennsylvania, China, Korea and elsewhere in the Middle East. Darroch has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Millimeter Magazine and served as the editor/writer for “In a Mellotone,” the newsletter of the Duke Ellington Society, Southern California.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, Darroch grew up in Santa Barbara, California, graduated with a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and worked in theatre and film in Manhattan for a decade. He enjoys adventure sports, French films and a martini. He currently lives back in Santa Barbara with his wife, Stephanie, two cats, and a large library.