Robert L. Camina

Robert Camina

Camina Entertainment, Inc
Director, Editor, Producer, Production Assistant, Researcher, Screenwriter and Videographer

Dallas, Texas

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About Robert

ROBERT L. CAMINA (director/producer/writer) wrote, directed and produced several short films before premiering his first full length documentary, RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE (2012) to sold out audiences, rave reviews and a media frenzy. RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE recounts the widely publicized and controversial June 28, 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar that resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. The raid occurred on the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Inn raid. The film, narrated by TV icon Meredith Baxter, screened during 33 mainstream and LGBT film festivals across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The film won several awards including 5 “Best” Film and 3 “Audience Choice” Awards. The film also received attention from the Office of the White House, Department of Justice and a division of the U.S. State Department. At their invitation, the Library of Congress hosted a screening in September 2014. (www.RaidoftheRainbowLounge.com) The documentary, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, is Camina's second feature film. (www.UpstairsInferno.com)

Camina also served as a Production Assistant for two seasons on TLC's "Home Made Simple". In 2009, he was the Associate Producer for a new reality show's sizzle reel.

Camina directed a promotional video for the Dallas Theater Center, "Meet Kevin Moriarty", earning him two Telly Awards: “OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECT MARKETING” - BRONZE, AND “CULTURAL MARKETING” - BRONZE.

Unique traits: • Film and Television Production: Effective at organizing and coordinating production, from script to screen; Skilled in video and sound editing; Effectively communicates with all levels of production crew; Cast, directed and produced numerous film and video projects. • Production Office/Administration: Provides efficient administrative support for productions; Establishes and maintains effective relationships with clients and production teams.

Credits

  • Upstairs Inferno

    Upstairs Inferno (2015)
    Film by Robert L. Camina (Documentary and History) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans' gay bar, killing 32 people. It was considered the "Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History" for 43 years. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. Not just a stagnant exposition of facts, UPSTAIRS INFERNO brings humanity to the headlines by shining a light on the very painful affect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones. Written by Robert L. Camina. Narrated by New York Times Best Selling Author, Christopher Rice.

  • Raid of the Rainbow Lounge

    Raid of the Rainbow Lounge (2012)
    Film by Robert L. Camina (Crime, Documentary, History and News) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer, Camera and Electrical Department A full length documentary film recounting the events surrounding the widely publicized and controversial raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar in 2009. Following a sordid aftermath, Fort Worth would become a leader in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality. However, that journey was not smooth and without controversies. Witness history unfold as this film documents that journey from the perspective of eyewitnesses, activists and politicians who helped change the city. Written by Robert L. Camina. Narrated by television icon and Emmy nominated actress, Meredith Baxter.

  • Martini the Movie

    Martini the Movie (2009)
    Film (short) by Robert L. Camina (Comedy) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Miscellaneous Crew "Martini the Movie" is an original comedy musical about Martini Glass, the legendary actress of Hollywood's Golden Age.  Set in the present, the story follows Martini as she prepares to audition for the comeback role of a lifetime. Along the way, with cocktail in hand, she dishes the Tinseltown dirt with a flourish. With her fame fading, she is left to question whether her star will ever shine again. Screenplay adapted by Robert L. Camina, based on the comedy by Steven Jay Crabtree.

  • Hunter4Love

    Hunter4Love (2007)
    Film (short) by Robert L. Camina (Comedy) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer A superstitious gay man desperately seeks true love in New York City. After he reads encouraging news in his horoscope, he is convinced that today will be the day he will find the 'one'! From Chelsea to Bryant Park, Hunter zigzags through Manhattan looking for the man of his dreams! What he finds are colorful characters that make his search that much more difficult. Written by Robert L. Camina

Awards

  • JURY AWARD: BEST MEN'S FEATURE - North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Durham, NC), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST MEN'S DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Durham, NC), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Long Beach QFilm Festival (Long Beach, CA), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Seattle, WA), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Shreveport, LA), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • PARAGON AWARD - P=A=C=E (People Acting For Change and Equality)/North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Shreveport, LA). Paragon Award presented to Camina as a Paragon of People Acting For Change and Equality through his documentary filmmaking.
    (2015)

  • LOUISIANA STATE FIRE MARSHAL HONORARY MEDALLION: THE "CHAMPION COIN" - LA State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning presented UPSTAIRS INFERNO director, Camina, with an honorary medallion, for his work and dedication to the Up Stairs Lounge fire.
    (2015)

  • CITY PROCLAMATION - The City of Fort Worth, Texas. The City of of Fort Worth honored RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE with a CITY PROCLAMATION, naming June 28, 2015 "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge Documentary Day".
    (2015)

  • QUEEN CITY AWARD - OutReels Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), "Upstairs Inferno"
    (2015)

  • FREEDOM AWARD - FilmOut San Diego (San Diego, CA) , "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY - FilmOut San Diego (San Diego, CA), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY - San Antonio Q Fest (San Antonio, TX), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • BEST LGBT FEATURE FILM - Vegas Indie Film Fest (Las Vegas, NV), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival (Indianapolis, IN),"Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : 2ND PLACE - ReelHeART International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2013)

  • BEST GLBT FILM AWARD - Breckenridge Festival of Film (Breckenridge, CO), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2012)

  • BEST FILM: LGBT DOCUMENTARY AWARD - South Texas Underground Film Festival (Corpus Christi, TX), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2012)

  • BEST FILM: AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - QCinema Film Festival (Fort Worth, TX), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2012)

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - CNKY Scene Film Festival (Cincinnati, OH), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2012)

  • PLATINUM REEL AWARD - Nevada International Film Festival (Las Vegas, NV), "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge"
    (2012)

  • BEST MUSICAL: AUDIENCE AWARD - Out in the Desert - Tucson LGBT Film Festival (Tucson, AZ), "Martini the Movie"
    (2012)

  • BEST COMEDIC SHORT (MEN'S) - QCinema Film Festival (Fort Worth, TX), "Martini the Movie"
    (2009)

  • OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM AWARD - QBliss Magazine GLBTIA Creating Change Community Awards, "Martini the Movie"
    (2009)

  • TELLY AWARD (BRONZE): OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECT MARKETING - Telly Awards, "Meet Kevin Moriarty"
    (2009)

  • TELLY AWARD (BRONZE): OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CULTURAL MARKETING - Telly Awards, "Meet Kevin Moriarty"
    (2009)

Education

  • University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
    (1997)

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