DP / Editor / Colourist
Born and raised in Kingsland, Arkansas, Derrick Sims began making movies when he was 9-years-old.
After graduating high school, his then girlfriend persuaded him to deny an architecture scholarship to
Louisiana Tech and instead follow his dreams of becoming a ﬁlmmaker.
His ﬁrst big break came while he was pursuing a media degree at Henderson State University. Over one
weekend, he directed, shot, and edited short war ﬁlm based on a local civil war batter. Months passed, and
by chance, it found its way into the hands of the proprietor of the IMAX theater in Little Roc, Arkansas.
In early 2005, Sims received a phone call from IMAX asking to show his ﬁlm, “The Battle of Marks’
The success of “Marks’ Mill” along with a college professor’s recommendation, Sims got a position as
camera operator on his ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, “War Eagle, Arkansas.” The ﬁlm starred Brian Dennehy (a
childhood hero and basis for many of his shorts years before), Mary Kay Place, Luke Grimes, and Mare
While on the set of “War Eagle,” Sims met Zac Heath, an upcoming writer/director who would ultimately
give Sims his ﬁrst job as Director of Photography on a feature ﬁlm. While teaching ﬁlm at Northwest
Arkansas Academy of Fine Arts, Sims was sent the script for Heath’s ﬁlm “The River Within.” A year
later, “River” garnered a limited theatrical release, and it was given worldwide video and television
distribution through Cloud Ten Pictures and eOne Entertainment.
Since then, Sims has photographed ﬁve other features across the US and the world. In 2011, he spent a
month in the Czech Republic ﬁlming the feature ﬁlm “Light in Terezin.” One of his most recent features,
“Come Morning,” premiered at the Austin Film Festival in October 2012. More recently “Come
Morning” won the Jury Award for Best Cinematography at the Oxford Film Festival in 2013. Not only
was he DP on the ﬁlm, Sims also wrote, directed, and edited as well.
He currently lives in Burbank, California with his wife, the same girl who encouraged him to follow his
ﬁlm aspirations back in 2003.