A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Robert began by making documentaries about his community and quickly evolved into a narrative storyteller directing short films, music videos, and stageplays. His breakout opportunity came through directing James Weldon Johnson’s “God’s Trombones” which featured the acting debut of former NFL star Eddie George.
Robert’s approach to storytelling is a direct result of his immersion in HBCU culture (Fisk University, BA) and Ivy League training (Columbia University, MFA). His thesis film “Brother’s Keeper” played in festivals across the country, aired on television, and was featured as part of Issa Rae’s “Short Film Sundays” showcase. It also led to him being selected by JJ Abrams’ company Bad Robot as one of only two filmmakers for an intensive directing fellowship in 2012. Through that fellowship, he co-wrote and directed the short film “The Exchange” starring Michael Beach (Third Watch), Mekia Cox (Once Upon a Time), and Aml Ameen (Yardie). He’s been attached to several projects including a feature film titled The Big League, which received a script development grant from Tribeca Film Institute.