Robert Kirbyson

Robert Kirbyson

Director, Screenwriter and Cinematographer

Los Angeles, California

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About Robert

Robert is currently directing his own screenplay for a family adventure movie in China. He has written and directed four other feature films including the family adventure SNOWMEN and the thriller REDLINE, which together garnered multiple “Best Film” awards from prestigious festivals including Tribeca, Dallas, and TIFF’s Sprockets program. Robert also created, wrote, and directed the acclaimed web series CTRL for NBC Universal. Named “Comedy of the Year” by the LA Webseries Festival and reaching #1 on iTunes, the series is based on Robert’s short CTRL Z, which won the Delta Shorts Competition presented at the Sundance Film Festival. Previously Robert worked as a writer/director and cinematographer for Canadian television and the popular children’s show SESAME STREET.

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  • Boone: The Bounty Hunter

    Boone: The Bounty Hunter (2017)
    Film (Action and Comedy) Director When fame-seeking reality show bounty hunter, Boone, attempts to bring down a drug lord and his empire, he uncovers more than he bargains for and learns that justice means more than ratings.

  • The Boneyard with Georges St-Pierre

    The Boneyard with Georges St-Pierre (2016)
    Television (Documentary) Director / Writer Add a Plot »

  • In-Lawfully Yours

    In-Lawfully Yours (2016)
    Film (Comedy and Romance) Director / Co-Writer Following both the death of her father-in-law and a divorce, Jesse, a New Yorker, returns to a small town to live with her now widowed mother-in-law. Jesse struggles to fit in with the local townsfolk who don't welcome her with open arms to say the least. Jesse becomes acquainted with the local pastor, her widowed brother-in-law, falling in love with him, much to the dismay of the community. Things get even more complicated when her ex-husband comes calling, suspiciously trying to win her back. Between her love life and entangled in-laws, Jesse is tested as she seeks the answer to where she truly belongs.

  • In Memory

    In Memory (2015)
    Film (Short) Director, Screenwriter In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman must hide a secret to protect the love of her life.

  • Red Line

    Red Line (2013)
    Film (Thriller) Director / Co-Writer Terrified commuters are on the ride of their lives when terrorists send a subway train speeding out of control during rush hour. With the saboteur among them, a group of citizens are now trapped underground and in a race against time if they hope to see daylight again. Full of fast-paced action and suspense, Redline is a thriller that will have you holding on for safety. Written by Anonymous

  • Sesame Street

    Sesame Street (2012)
    Television (Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music and 1 More) Director / Writer / Animator The setting is in a small street in a city where children and furry puppet monsters learn about numbers, the alphabet and other pre-school subjects taught in commercial spots, songs and games. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

  • Superbook

    Superbook (2011)
    Television (Animation, Family and History) Director In 1981, the Christian Broadcasting Network created a children animated Bible series as part of an outreach to the nation of Japan. Little did we realize what impact the series would have in Japan and throughout the world. The English name for this series was "Superbook". Research performed during and after the outreach showed that this series was an unprecedented success. Superbook, also known as Animated Parent and Child Theater (Anime Oyako Gekijo), is an anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan in conjunction with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States. Over 8 million people a night watched Superbook on Japanese prime-time television, 104 episodes were produced and aired on television throughout Japan, and the Bible became the best selling book in Japan. From Japan, the Superbook series went on to air throughout the world from Asia to North America. By 1989, in the midst of economic and political turmoil, Superbook began broadcasting in ... Written by John J. Schafer

  • Snowmen

    Snowmen (2010)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Family) Director / Screenwriter SNOWMEN is a humorous and heartfelt coming-of-age story about three unlikely heroes and the winter that changed their lives forever. After a surprising discovery in the snow catapults three small-town boys into the spotlight, the best friends hatch a plan to be remembered forever by setting a Guinness World Records title. Along the way, the trio battles schoolyard bullies, unites their community, and discovers that - while fame may be fleeting - true friendship lasts forever. The film stars Bobby Coleman (Last Song), Ray Liotta (Wild Hogs), Bobb'e J. Thompson (Role Models), Josh Flitter (Ace Ventura Jr.) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).

  • Ctrl

    Ctrl (2009)
    Television (Comedy and Sci-Fi) Director / Writer / Producer An office loner discovers he can manipulate the reality of his office from a magical computer. At first he uses his powers to get revenge on his boss and get the girl of his dreams. However things soon spiral out of his control.

  • Glutton for Punishment

    Glutton for Punishment (2009)
    Television (Adventure and Reality-TV) Writer / Story Producer Add a Plot »

  • Crash Test Mommy

    Crash Test Mommy (2008 - 2009)
    Television (Family and Reality-TV) Writer / Story Producer A reality television series that throws would-be moms into a wild 48 hour test drive of their parenting skills. Mom's greatest critics get a chance to walk it like they talk it.

  • The Week the Women Went

    The Week the Women Went (2009)
    Television (Documentary and Reality-TV) Writer / Producer What happens to the small town of Hardisty, Alberta when all the women leave for 7 days? How will the men and children survive?

  • Nobody Special

    Nobody Special (2008)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Director / Screenwriter Zeff Culkin is nobody special, a timid teenaged stock-boy who might be easily forgotten, if he were ever noticed in the first place. His life-long curse of social invisibility becomes a life-saving skill when a disgruntled co-worker takes the store staff hostage... but overlooks Zeff. Using his remarkable powers of utter insignificance, Zeff baffles the bully to save the only girl that ever made him feel like somebody special.

  • Ctrl Z

    Ctrl Z (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Director A broken computer keyboard gives the office loner a chance to undo his life's mistakes. Knowing that his actions can be redone gives the soft-spoken employee newfound courage to speak back to his immature boss and safely profess his love for a beautiful coworker. Written by Anonymous

  • Unlocked

    Unlocked (2007)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Director / Screenwriter / Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Free of Charge

    Free of Charge (2006)
    Film (Short and Drama) Director A coming of age drama about a 12-year-old girl who stands up to her irresponsible father on his birthday.

  • Pieces

    Pieces (2005)
    Film (Comedy and Short) Director / Screenwriter No good deed goes unpunished in this dark office comedy about well-intentioned advice gone terribly wrong.

  • Everyone

    Everyone (2004)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Camera Operator / Gaffer In this expertly crafted comedy of marriage, the perfect gay couple are having a wedding in their backyard and they've invited the family and all their emotional baggage. When the happy couple starts fighting over what to call it, you know it's going to be a long day. Written by Anonymous

  • The Christmas Orange

    The Christmas Orange (2003)
    Television (Family) Director Seven-year-old Holly Stingley gives Santa Claus a sixteen-page wish list. When she wakes up to a measly orange under the Christmas tree, she takes Santa to court! Holly hires the meanest lawyer in town, Wiley Studpustle, to help her sue Santa for breach of promise. The courtroom fiasco drives Santa to quit, and leads Holly to a mysterious discovery... and the true spirit of Christmas. Written by Anonymous

  • It's a Living

    It's a Living (1997 - 2001)
    Television (Family) Field Director / Cinematographer It's A Living celebrates the work Canadians do, and the Canadians who do the work. Every week our host, Peter Jordan, proves he's the hardest working man in television by trying all kinds of jobs belonging to all kinds of Canadians. He finds the humour in any kind of work or else the humour finds him. Written by Anonymous

  • The Shopping Bags

    The Shopping Bags (2001)
    Television (Documentary) Cinematographer Anna and Kristina test many products using unique experiments.

  • Sesame Park

    Sesame Park (1993 - 2000)
    Television (Family) Producer / Writer / Cinematographer Canadian version of the popular American children's educational television show, "Sesame Street", focusing on Canadian culture, the French language and featuring new characters like Basil the Bear, Louis the Otter, Dodi and Katie.

  • Hayley Wagner, Star

    Hayley Wagner, Star (1999)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Art department Add a Plot »

  • Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying

    Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999)
    Film (Action and Thriller) Assistant Art Director / Storyboard Artist In this action-packed drama, a group of people who have completed a therapy program to overcome their severe fear of flying celebrate with a group flight to L.A. However, they soon discover that there are perfectly good reasons to be afraid of airliners - a group of terrorists hijack the jet, murdering the pilot and threatening to kill all the passengers with chemical weapons. With the captain's chair empty, one of the passengers is forced to bring the plane safely to the ground.

  • First Wave

    First Wave (1998)
    Television (Adventure, Drama and Sci-Fi) Art department Reformed thief Cade Foster discovers that aliens are among us in the form of genetic clones, intent on enslaving the population. To assess the human potential to fight back, they gather data from 117 test subjects. When Foster remembers the tests conducted on him, the aliens frame him for his wife's murder. Pursued by the police and a mysterious government agent, Foster discovers the quatrains of Nostradamus, which tells of three waves which will destroy the planet, unless a "twice blessed man" can stop them. Aided by a quirky cyber-journalist, Foster investigates strange occurrences which have ties to Nostradamus' quatrains, hoping to find what he needs to forestall the aliens' plans. Written by Ronos

  • Dead Man's Gun

    Dead Man's Gun (1997 - 1998)
    Television (Western) Art department A cursed revolver brings violence to a variety of owners in the American West.

  • You, Me and the Kids

    You, Me and the Kids (1998)
    Television (Drama) Cinematographer This docudrama explored how growing adolescents deal with the world around them and interspersed drama with documentary. Comprised of two seasons, each 52 episodes long, the show focused on The Preteen Years (season one) and The Teen Years (season two). The series is now being used in schools to teach teens and adolescents about certain life issues. Written by Anonymous

  • Basil

    Basil (1997)
    Film (Drama) Art department Add a Plot »

  • Direct Lines

    Direct Lines (1995)
    Film (Drama and Short) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

Awards

  • BEST FILM - Cape Fear Independent Film Festival 2016
    (2016)

  • BEST DRAMA - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
    (2015)

  • BEST FEATURE - San Diego Film Festival
    (2012)

  • "BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE" AUDIENCE AWARD - Tribeca Int'l Film Festival
    (2011)

  • "BEST FEATURE" AUDIENCE AWARD - Dallas Int'l Film Festival
    (2011)

  • BEST FEATURE - Toronto Sprockets International Film Festival
    (2011)

  • Truly Moving Picture Award (Opening Gala film) -- Heartland Film Festival
    (2010)

  • WINNER, Comedy of the Year -- Los Angeles Web Series Festival:
    (2010)

Education

  • Act One -- Writing for Hollywood
    (2004-2004)

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
    (1992-1995)

  • Universite Ste Anne
    (1992-1992)

  • University of Manitoba
    (1988-1992)

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