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Daniel Robin

Associate Professor    

M.F.A., San Francisco State University, 2007


Experimental Documentary Filmmaking
Digital Editing
Interactive and New Media Production


Daniel Robin’s film, “my olympic summer,” won the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking. The film also won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Florida Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Nashville Film Festival, and best documentary short at several other festivals. The film was also selected to screen at the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival in New York. His other films have twice screened at Sundance, at the SXSW Film Festival and festivals in Bogota, Cartagena, Abu Dhabi, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Philadelphia, London, Atlanta, Baltimore, Humboldt, Ann Arbor, and elsewhere.

Filmmaker magazine recently named Robin one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a major honor.  Robin is an innovative online artist, having pioneered web video in 2001, and with 6 episodic web series to date available at his website Robin recently wrote an essay about his experiences with web video for Movement, the NYU Tisch School journal. Daniel has been invited to present web video work at the Amsterdam Worldwide Video Festival and elsewhere. His projects have received support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Apple Computers, the Fleishbacker Foundation, and the Film Arts Foundation.

As Robin puts it: “My film/video work is primarily made for two distinct exhibition venues: film festivals and the Internet (web series). My short films are personal and, for the most part, interrogate relationships I have with women, my family, and Judaism. While the majority of my filmmaking can be read within a documentary framework, I’m more inclined not to use labels to categorize my work. I have a deep love and appreciation for narrative cinema and have incorporated some fictional devices in my more recent films. I use narrative strategies both as a means to critique how we consume documentaries and, in some sense, as a way to liberate my work from the constraints of conventional non-fiction storytelling. The most important aspect of filmmaking, for me, is to arrive at an emotional truth that resonates with the viewer.I began making web series at my site in 2000. My first series, the valet chronicles, set the thematic standard for each new series, my relationship with a specific neighborhood, and or community. My work here maintains an aesthetic and tonal consistency that aligns itself with familiar tropes of documentary practice, yet I consider these web series an extension of my personal filmmaking.”



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 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.