James F. Robinson is a writer-director living in Los Angeles. His production company is ZapPictures.
Robinson raised financing, wrote, directed and produced the independent film STILL BREATHING starring Brendan Fraser, Joanna Going, Ann Magnuson, Lou Rawls and Celeste Holm. The film was released theatrically in the US by October Films (now Focus Features) and internationally by Paramount (UK), Disney (Australia), Delon (S, Asia), Fox Latin America, Helkon (Central Europe), Arum Pd. (Spain), Cinema Service (Korea) and Ashe Continental (Africa) and others. Lakeshore International handled foreign sales duties. STILL BREATHING premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and went on to play in many other festivals, including Seattle, Chicago, Puchon Korea, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Nantucket and others.
His new documentary feature, TINSEL - THE LOST MOVIE ABOUT HOLLYWOOD is starting its festival run in 2020.
His indigenous drama set in Mayan Guatemala, THE LITTLE KITE, is in pre-production.
Robinson was nominated for the Grand Prix des Amériques at the Montreal World Film Festival for STILL BREATHING. Fraser won the Best Actor Award for his role in the film at the Seattle International Film Festival. He has produced music videos for country, jazz and gospel artists including Thompson Square, The Remingtons, Steve Green, Helen Baylor, Guardian, Laurie Lewis, Aubrey Logan, Arthur Hanlon and others.
Robinson's one-hour play, DEATH BY POWERPOINT won the ENCORE! Producer's Award at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. It has recently been expanded to full length.
Robinson created the interactive text-messaging show TEXT ME TV with Norwegian partner ACTIVE LOOP which was broadcast live on regional CW affiliates seven nights a week. It featured live text messaging interactivity never before seen on US television.
Robinson founded the new media company, CinemaElectric in 1999 and served as its CEO. The company developed a new kind of programming for mobile phones called "Pocket Cinema". PocketCinema was distributed directly to mobile phones in more than 50 countries via clients including Verizon, Nokia, Sony Erricson and other top international mobile carriers. After the company went public, Robinson left in 2006 to resume his filmmaking career.
Robinson's early work has been seen on PBS, The Disney Channel, The Discovery Network, The Family Channel and a variety of European Networks. Jim also founded and directed an improvisational theater company in Texas, IMPROV-A-RAMA, which has been performing since 1990. His commercial, non-profit and corporate clients include NOKIA, X PRIZE FOUNDATION, SONY ERICSSON, TRANSAMERICA, VERIZON, CHILD FUND, HOLT INTERNATIONAL, AUTOLIV and many others.
Robinson is a filmmaker for GETTY IMAGES (formerly The Image Bank) since 1990, specializing in creative scenes of emotional human power, as well as international and nature footage. Currently producing in next-generation 4K ultra-high definition footage.
Robinson has been a featured speaker at MILIA-MIDEM (FRANCE), MIP-TV, NATPE, SXSW, MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT MARKET LONDON, INTERNET WORLD, iHOLLYWOOD MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT, STREAMING MEDIA WORLD, CTIA WIRELESS IT & INTERNET, MOBILE COMMERCE WORLD ASIA and other key media and technology industry events.
Robinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity University with degrees in Cinema and Art History.
Member: Writers Guild of America West, The Dramatist Guild, Film Independent