We had the good fortune of connecting with Robinson Vil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robinson, how does your business help the community?
I would like to consider myself as a conscientious film director and I have always tried to tell stories that can impact someone or the world. I have written and directed films that deal with: spousal abuse (Til Death Do Us Part”, cheating (Dark Secrets) child abandonment (The Effect), child molestation (life.less) and more. I have recently directed a film entitled “Eavesdropping on the Elders” from a book written by Jim Clingman and the screenplay by his daughter Kiah Clingman and CJ Sykes. The film was selected this year at the 1st Social Justice Now Film Festival from the founders of ABFF. It’s a great film with relevant content for the black c0mmunity.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My film-making career really started in front of the camera. I was studying international business at GA State University when I decided to take a break one semester. I decided to take an acting class with Bob Harter and Della Cole at YourAct, needless to say, I fell in love with the arts. So I made the decision to stop going to College and focused solely on my acting career. After a couple of years, I was still unable to get an agent and book work. So I decided to make my own films and I never looked back. It wasn’t easy, because I basically had to teach myself how to make movies by trial and error. I would purchase many film-making books, learn as much as I could from them. Then every year, I would save my money from my regular job to shoot a film and apply what I have learned. I did this for at least 5 years back-to-back. I am very dedicated, disciplined and still in love with the industry. Everyday gets me a step closer to the inevitable.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think my wife would be the person deserving of this credit. As an independent filmmaker, there is a lot of struggle when it comes to this business. As a married man with three young children (ages 6, 4 and 2), I put in a lot of work and long hours before, during and after any production. So my wife takes care of our children during those times and without her a lot of this would be impossible.