Robert Todd

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE CHAIR

DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL & MEDIA ARTS


B.A. Tufts University
B.F.A. School of the Museum of Fine Arts
M.F.A. Tufts University

A lyrical filmmaker as well as a sound and visual artist, Robert Todd continually produces short works that resist categorization.

In the past sixteen years he has produced a large body of short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Le Rencontres Internationale, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist's awards. He has taught film production at Boston College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute of Boston, University of Massachusetts, and the Boston Film and Video Foundation.

He has also worked as editor, sound designer/editor, post-supervisor or music producer on various award-winning broadcast and theatrically-released media programs. 

CREATIVE WORKS

  • 2011
  • "Master Plan", R. Todd, Dir. (60:00) 16mm Film
  • 2011
  • "Portcullis", R. Todd, Dir. (8:30) 16mm FIlm
  • 2011
  • "Undergrowth", R. Todd, Dir. (11:30) 16mm Film
  • 2011
  • "Morning Glory", R. Todd, Dir. (15:00) 16mm Film
  • 2011
  • "Arsenic", R. Todd, Dir. (11:00) 16mm Film
  • 2011
  • "Super8 Dial", R. Todd, with E. Richardson, T. Nelson, L. Felker (12:00) Super 8 Film
  • 2012
  • "Movements", R. Todd, Dir. (7:30) Super8
  • 2012
  • "Construct" R. Todd, Dir. (11:40) 16mm
  • 2012
  • "Dew", R. Todd, Dir. (2:40) 16mm Films
  • 2012
  • "Bishopric", R. Todd, Dir. (4:30), Super8
  • 2012
  • "Summer Light" (7-part series), R. Todd, Dir. (20:40) 16mm FIlm
  • 2012
  • "Cove", R. Todd, Dir. (6:40), 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Good Farm", R. Todd, Dir. (3:30), 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Mosaic do Porto", R. Todd, Dir. (2:45), 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Passage", R. Todd, Dir. (20:00) 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Crystal Gaze", R. Todd, Dir. (10:00) 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Skies" R. Todd, Designer (6:30), DVD video
  • 2012
  • "Machine Language", R. Todd, Designer (6:00), DVD Video
  • 2012
  • "Missing Boy (The Path)", R. Todd, Dir. (13:00) 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "The Mennonite Federation", R. Todd, L. Felker, C. Webster, Dir.s, (4:00)
  • 2012
  • "Habitat", R. Todd, Dir. (10:00) 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Dangerous Light", R. Todd, Designer (6:30), DVD video
  • 2012
  • "Transitions", R. Todd, Designer (4:00), DVD video
  • 2012
  • "Within", R. Todd, Dir. (5:30) 16mm Film
  • 2012
  • "Mating Rituals of the 24th Century", R. Todd, Designer, (18:00) DVD video
  • 2013
  • "Postcard", R.Todd, Dir. (5:30) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Spans" R. Todd, Dir. (14:00) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Short" R. Todd, Dir. (5:20) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Roadside Attractions" R. Todd, Dir. (8:00) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Echosystems" R. Todd, Dir. (7:30) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Free-Forms" R. Todd, Dir. (8:30) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Parallel Lines" R. Todd, Dir. (8:00) Video
  • 2013
  • "Seawall" R. Todd, Dir. (4:30) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "I SEE YOU", R. Todd, Producer, (8;00) Video
  • 2013
  • "Paris, LAB" R. Todd, Dir. (6:10) Super8
  • 2013
  • "Circle Dance" R. Todd, Dir. (7:00) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Threshold", R. Todd, Dir. (19:00) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Trembling Palace", R. Todd, Dir. (6:30) 16mm Film
  • 2013
  • "Sunderlight", R. Todd, Dir. (6:30) 16mm Film
  • 2014
  • "Winter Present", R.Todd, Dir. (6:00) 16mm Film
  • 2014
  • "Lovesong", R.Todd, Dir. (6:00) 16mm FIlm
  • 2014
  • "Cathedral", R. Todd, Dir. (21:00) 16mm Film

GRANTS

  • 1988
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship Award
  • 1998
  • Kodak Development Award
  • 1999
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Travelling Scholars Fellowship
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award
  • 2009
  • LEF Moving Image Fund, Pre-Production Award
  • 2011
  • Brother Thomas Artist Award (Boston Foundation)
  • 2011
  • LEF Moving Image Fund, Post-Production Award
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council, Finalist

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 1999
  • New England Film Festival Director's Choice Award
  • 1999
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival Old Peculiar Award
  • 2000
  • Big Muddy Film Festival 2nd of Show Award
  • 2000
  • Utah Film Festival Best Documentary Award
  • 2001
  • Grand Jury Award: Best Experimental Film, MicroCineFest
  • 2001
  • Kodak Film Award, NY Film Expo
  • 2001
  • UFVA Merit Award
  • 2002
  • Best Experimental Film, Convergence Film Festival
  • 2002
  • Best Cinematography, Boston Underground Film Festival
  • 2002
  • US Super 8 Film & Digital Video Festival, Best Experimental Award
  • 2002
  • 2nd Prize: Black Maria Film and Video Festival
  • 2003
  • Juror's Choice Awards (2), Humboldt Film Festival
  • 2003
  • RGB Awards: Green Prize, Thaw '03, Iowa City
  • 2003
  • Honorable Mention, Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • 2003
  • Director's Citation, Black Maria Film Festival
  • 2003
  • Best Independent Experimental Film, New England Film and Video Festival
  • 2003
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Emerson College
  • 2004
  • Second Prize, FLEX (Florida Experimental Festival)
  • 2004
  • Honorable Mention for Documentary, Humboldt Film Festival
  • 2004
  • San Francisco Art Institute, Juror's Choice Award
  • 2004
  • NY Expo of Short Film & Video, Silver Award
  • 2004
  • Norman & Irma Mann Stearns Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2005
  • Silver Award for Documentary, Zinebi, Bilbao, Spain
  • 2005
  • Honorable Mention, Rochester International Film Festival
  • 2006
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, Best Documentary
  • 2006
  • Images Festival, Honorable Mention for Foreign Film
  • 2006
  • Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, Film Award
  • 2006
  • Humboldt Film Festival - Emerging Genres Award for Experimental Documentary,
  • 2006
  • Ohio Independent Film Awards - Oscar Finalist, Cleveland, OH
  • 2007
  • Media City Festival, Windsor, Third Prize
  • 2007
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • 2007
  • Humboldt Film Festival, Alice Guy Blanche Award
  • 2007
  • Black Maria Film Festival, First Prize
  • 2008
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Gus Van Sant Best Experimental Film Award
  • 2008
  • $100 Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, Special Recognition Award
  • 2008
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Juror's Choice Award
  • 2009
  • Onion City Festival, First Prize
  • 2010
  • 25FPS Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, Honorary Mention
  • 2010
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • 2010
  • Media City Festival, Windsor, Honorable Mention
  • 2010
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, No Violence Award
  • 2010
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Director's Choice
  • 2011
  • Onion City Festival, First Prize
  • 2012
  • Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, Fascination Award
  • 2012
  • Rural Route Festival, Achievement in Experimental Film
  • 2012
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • 2012
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cinematography Award
  • 2012
  • Curtas Vilo do Conde, Special Mention
  • 2013
  • Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, Juror's Citation
  • 2013
  • FLEX (Florida Experimental) festival, Short Film 2nd Place Award
  • 2013
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival, Juror's Citation
  • 2013
  • Best in Festival, Exis Film Festival, Seoul, Korea

Robert Todd

contact

Robert_Todd@emerson.edu
617.824.8867
Ansin 916A
http://roberttoddfilms.com/