Robert is a graduate of Fisk University and holds an MFA in Film Production from Columbia University. His thesis film Brother’s Keeper was showcased as a part of Issa Rae’s (Insecure) “Short Film Sundays.” Shortly after graduation he was selected for an intensive directing fellowship through which he directed  “The Exchange” starring Michael Beach (Third Watch), Mekia Cox (Once Upon a Time), and Aml Ameen (Yardie). Robert is currently in the pre-production phase for his first feature film The Big League, which received a script development grant from Tribeca Film Institute.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Robert began by making short documentaries in his community. His first narrative short film was screened and reviewed favorably at the 2006 Nashville Film Festival. That same year, Robert directed a production of James Weldon Johnson’s “God’s Trombones” that featured the acting debut of former NFL star Eddie George.

Robert develops narrative film and television projects through Isaiah 40 Films and  commercial projects through RPC Media. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

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