Robert Russo is a USAF veteran, former Oil Field Roughneck, PTSD survivor, former psychedelic integration guide, and Screenwriter. His story “Roughneck” is a story based on his family’s struggle with intergenerational trauma resulting from family deaths, military service, and abuse. The story exposes the insidious and crippling effects of trauma, the resilience and beauty of the human spirit, and the miraculous healing power of psychedelics.
His experiences have granted him a sixth sense to understand the deep subconscious forces that direct human behaviors at all levels. The realization soon followed that our society is unknowingly shaped by various persistent micro-traumas that lead to epidemic levels of undiagnosed mental illness. The widespread and pervasiveness of the mental illness is so deep and subtle that it is invisible to the average observer.
His mission is to use film to pull the veil off the things that shape our identity, beliefs, politics, and society. With understanding of how our mental prisons were formed, we can finally escape to know true peace and happiness like never before. We can rediscover the child spirit within ourselves and once again live a life of beauty, love, and joy.
Please take the time to listen to my podcast linked below. Episode 1 is my testimony and how I came to learn what I did. Episode 2 is a breakdown of how the human mind works to help us survive and how this system becomes hijacked by those in power to manipulate our identity and perceptions of reality. It also discusses how psychedelics work to help us deprogram ourselves of the trauma-programming and restore the child-spirit within. This podcast is part storytelling, party psychology, part spirituality.
When I am not writing about serious dramatic subject matter, as beautiful and difficult as that can be for a story - I also love to write about Sci-fi action. Many readers have likened my Sci-fi to having a gritty James Cameron feel, which is a huge compliment because he has created some of my favorite films; Aliens, T1, T2, True Lies.
The Aether Budget: $1M - $5M | Sci-fi An eccentric billionaire, a psychic girl, and a clone of Nikola Tesla face off against a Nazi Occult group to uncover UFO mysteries and save the world from an impending cataclysm.
The Magic Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama A grandson concocts an alternative treatment for his grandfather's Alzheimer's while learning how to be a man.
Roughneck Drama An oilfield Roughneck must survive a dangerous job and conquer hisinner demons to discover peace and happiness.
H.O.G. The Human Organ Grower Budget: $1M - $5M | Family An Intelligent yet simple minded, genetically engineered pig who's been created for human organs transplants must learn about life, death, and faith, while he grapples with the decision to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
Rites Of Passage Budget: $5M - $10M | Drama A teenage boy must complete the Rites of Passage, a life and death race that will earn him a place in society.
Human Traffic Budget: $5M - $10M | Horror Two sisters must escape a top-secret underground facility that traffics children to interdimensional entities.
Incarnate: Revelations Budget: $30M+ | Action ⋄ Sci-fi Unknowingly trapped in a tragic cycle of war, death, and rebirth, a reincarnated warrior spirit must once again fight impossible odds and break free from the terrible cycle once and for all.
Defender Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama A PHD psychiatry student partakes in a revolutionary psychedelic research study and uncovers his own repressed multiple personalities. He must complete a process called "Integration" and face the horrific traumas from his past to finally become a complete person capable of enjoying life.
ARMOR - Screenplay Adapted from the Best Selling Military Sci-fi Classic by John Steakley Budget: $10M - $30M | Sci-fi A futuristic soldier faces the most implacable enemy in the galaxy, but is aided by "The Engine" - A dissociative identity from within that is a ruthless killing machine with only one purpose - Survival.
Film (short) by Michael Steven Daughtry Writer / Executive Producer A man struggling with Dissociative Identity Disorder undergoes psychedelic therapy to integrate with an Alter called "The Defender", a part of himself that possesses the confidence and courage he is lacking. But in order to gain these lost parts of himself he will need to face the horrific abuse that The Defender has protected him from. Trigger warnings for PTSD, Drug use, and implied sexual abuse.
Finalist - Just4Shorts Short Screenplay Competition "The Defender"
Finalist - Writers Guild Foundation - Veteran's Writing Project "Roughneck"
Finalist - Writers Guild Foundation - Veteran's Writing Project "Incarnate"