Robert L. Poole is a Nashville native known for crafting high concept films populated by authentic characters. While studying communications (theatre) at (Fisk University), he had the opportunity to ignite his love of filmmaking, using his fellow students as subjects. Shortly after graduating, Robert made short documentaries as a way to shine a light on his surrounding community. His first narrative short film, “The Earl Thompson Movement” was screened and reviewed favorably at the 2006 Nashville Film Festival. During that same year, he honed his directing skills with the production of James Weldon Johnson’s “God’s Trombones,” that featured the acting debut of former NFL star, Eddie George.
Poole went on to earn his MFA in Film Production from Columbia University. His thesis film “Brother’s Keeper” was showcased as part of Issa Rae’s #ShortFilmSundays and televised nationally on the Aspire Network. Continuing to lean on his exceptional writing skills and unique vision, he directed “The Exchange” starring Michael Beach (Third Watch), Mekia Cox (Once Upon a Time), and Aml Ameen (Yardie), which went on to be screened at festivals around the country.
Currently, Robert is in the pre-production phase of a few significant projects including a feature film, “The Big League,” that received a script development grant from Tribeca Film Institute. He also brings clarity to many mainstream music artists by bringing their vision and sound to life through visually impactful music videos.
Robert thrives in his passion as he develops narrative film and television projects through his own company, Isaiah 40 Films, and commercial projects through RPC Media. He resides with his wife in Los Angeles, California.