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Rob Nilsson



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
  • Screenwriter
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
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Scheme C6
  • Producer
  • Director
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
No Score Yet Chalk
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
75% Copycat
  • SWAT Commander
1995
No Score Yet John Cale & Brian Eno - Words for the Dying
  • Director
1993
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
  • Screenwriter
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
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1982

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