Dahkil began his craft as an undergrad at Syracuse University, studying in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Television, Radio and Film program.
Upon graduating, he simultaneously took a job as an assistant editor at Mad River Post while also forming Sunshowah Films with fellow SU alum Daoud Abeid. Being an assistant editor allowed Dahkil to study various commercial and feature film directors work while he and Daoud began making films.
Working intimately with advertising copywriters gave him and detailed knowledge as to what they were looking for in a voice over talent. Dahkil booked his first voice over job in 1999 on a Coca-Cola commercial. From 2000 – 2001 he voiced an entire radio, television and cinema campaign for Sprite. This led to more work for clients such as the NFL, Circuit City, Twizzlers, Marshall’s, the American Beverage Association, VitaminWater, Sister Schubert’s and also doing ESPN Films critically acclaimed 30 for 30 spots for the past eight years.
As an editor, Dahkil worked at the prestigious bi-coastal shop Spotwelders before moving on to… He was a First Boards Award finalist in 2010 for being a rising young editor in the industry. He has cut spots for clients including Pepsi, ESPN, Verizon, Jeep, Cooper Tires, Puma, BMW, and Converse with agencies such as BBDO, Publicis, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Droga 5, Mother New York, and Wieden & Kennedy. He’s edited for many directors, including Mark Pellington, Daniel Benmayor, Sam Bayer and Rupert Sanders.
Sunshowah Films is a co-writing, co-directing partnership. Together Dahkil and Daoud have created 3 award winning short films, the last of which, “Shades of Brooklyn Vol. 1” aired on HBO. Their next project is a narrative feature film, which will be shot in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in 2016 is in pre-production and will star Delroy Lindo and Lynn Whitfield.
Dahkil has a strong history with community activism as well as in recent years Dahkil has also serves on two different boards of trustees: The Corlears School (a private independent school focusing on early education) and The Blue Mountain Art Institute (providing funding for the Lil’ Raggamuffin Summer Camp in Kingston, Jamaica).