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Rob Nilsson

Highest Rated: 78% Copycat (1995)

Lowest Rated: 40% Attitude (2003)

Birthday: Oct 29, 1939

Birthplace: Not Available

American filmmaker/screenwriter Rob Nilsson became a director in the mid-'70s after receiving an English degree from Harvard, performing a stint in the Peace Corps, and working as a poet and artist. He made his feature-film debut with the highly acclaimed Northern Lights (1979), a docudrama he co-directed with John Hanson, which was based on a trio of three early documentaries chronicling the struggles of turn-of-the-century Norwegian immigrant farmers trying to eke out a living in Dakota that he made with his liberal film cooperative, Cine Manifest, an organization he founded. Northern Lights earned Nilsson and Hanson a Best First Film Award at Cannes that year. Though the film gave him an auspicious start, Nilsson found most producers unwilling to back his other projects and so, to continue making films, he developed "direct action cinema," a technique whereby actors improvised their lines according to a simple outline. Cinematographers and sound operators adopted a similar technique to follow the actors around. The resulting footage was then edited on much cheaper videotape and then transferred to film. Nilsson's first direct action film, Signal 7, a film examining the daily lives of San Francisco taxi drivers, was a success as was a subsequent direct action feature, Heat and Sunlight, which won the Grand Prize at the U.S. Film Festival in 1988.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Prairie Trilogy Director 2018
No Score Yet Sacred Blood Ruthven 2015
No Score Yet Raise Your Kids on Seltzer Actor 2015
No Score Yet Bridge To A Border Director Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet What Happened Here? Director 2014
No Score Yet A Leap To Take Director 2014
No Score Yet Imbued Director 2009
No Score Yet Used Director 2007
No Score Yet Presque Isle Director 2007
No Score Yet Go Together Director 2006
No Score Yet Cine Manifest Actor 2006
40% Attitude Screenwriter 2003
No Score Yet Scheme C6 Director Producer 2001
No Score Yet Bill's Gun Shop Producer Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet Clouds Frank 2000
No Score Yet Winter Oranges Producer Director 2000
No Score Yet Stroke Director Producer Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet Town Has Turned to Dust Director 1998
60% Chalk Screenwriter Director 1996
78% Copycat SWAT Commander 1995
No Score Yet Rainbow Drive Older Cop 1990
No Score Yet Words for the Dying Director Producer 1990
No Score Yet Dead Solid Perfect Writer #2 1988
No Score Yet Heat and Sunlight Mel Hurley Screenwriter Director 1987
No Score Yet On the Edge Producer Director 1986
No Score Yet Signal Seven Director 1986
No Score Yet Signal 7 Director 1986
No Score Yet Signal 7 Director Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Northern Lights Director Producer Actor Screenwriter 1982


No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
Lowell 1992
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Wango Mack 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Director 1982


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