M.F.A., San Francisco State University, 2007
Experimental Documentary Filmmaking
Interactive and New Media Production
Daniel Robin makes personal experimental documentary films that often incorporate fictional devices to mythologize his family history. His film my olympic summer won the Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking, the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival, Director’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film Festival, and the Onda Curta Award at IndieLisboa Film Festival. The film was also selected to screen at New Directors/New Films Festival in New York, Aspen, and True/False. His 2017 experimental documentary film All The Leaves Are Brown screened at over 30 film festivals and won the Best Director Award at the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at Sidewalk Film Festival, and Jury Award for Personal Vision at the Oxford Film Festival. The film also screened at: Curtas Vila Do Conde (Portugal), Minimalen Film Festival (Norway), EDOC (Ecuador), Analogica (Italy). Two of his previous films screened at Sundance, a feature narrative in competition at SXSW Film Festival, and several films at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. His 2019 film Petting Zoo has screened at 23 film festivals, many of those International, including: Ji.hlava IDFF and Analogica 9, Cork FF. Daniel’s work is widely seen in festivals throughout Europe and the U.S.
In 2000 Daniel pioneered documentary web video series creating the website neighborhoodfilms.com http://neighborhoodfilms.com/ver05/nf_main.html where he’s produced six documentary web series.
Filmmaker Magazine named Robin one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” https://www.filmmakermagazine.com/archives/issues/summer2008/25faces_3.php
Daniel Robin is the writer, director, editor, cinematographer, and sound recordist for all of his films.
FILMS & NEW MEDIA PRODUCTIONS
Untitled Film 2012(Production/Post-Production): 3rd short film in a trilogy about the filmmaker interrogating emotionally charged moments in his parents’ history to open a space for introspection.
Dispatches from Gaia 2011-12
6th documentary web series (at www.neighborhoodfilms.com) that follows a year in the life of a young farmer, Rachel, and the small, urban, organic farm (Gaia) she manages in Atlanta, Georgia. The weekly (2-3 minute) episodes chronicle Rachel’s struggles and successes that she experiences along side her co-workers. Rachel also happens to be an observant Jew and this informs both Rachel’s relationships with her non-Jewish Southern co-workers, and with the filmmaker, the son of a Rabbi.
The Rabbi and Cesar Chavez 2010 (currently playing in festivals: Florida Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, East End Film Festival London)
This is the 2nd film in a trilogy about the filmmaker interrogating emotionally charged moments in his parents’ history to open a space for introspection.The Rabbi and Cesar Chavez is a road trip movie about family mythology, social justice, an assassination plot on Cesar Chavez that was buried in history, and how a son finds a brief moment in his father’s past when he became a hero.
my olympic summer 2008
This is the 1st film in a trilogy about the filmmaker interrogating emotionally charged moments in his parents’ history to open a space for introspection.’my olympic summer’ chronicles the subterranean currents of the filmmaker’s parents’ young marriage, set against he historical backdrop of the taking of hostages at the Munich Olympic games of 1972. Their story indirectly parallels and comments on the filmmaker’s own recent failed marriage in this exploration of how we perceive homemovies.