Robert M. Jones
Initial PGF Award: Graduate Film Scholarship - Narrative, 2007
Rob is a graduate of the Radio, TV & Film Dept at Howard University and the Directing Program at the American Film Institute. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at both Ventana Productions and WGBH where he gained valuable production experience and mentorship. In 2005, he was selected to be apart of the highly competitive AMPAV Student Filmmaker Program where he was given an unparalleled opportunity to network with industry insiders and observe the business of filmmaking firsthand at the Cannes Film Festival. That year, he was also awarded the 2005 Paul Robeson Award for 'Best Short Screenplay'.
In 2007, he was awarded the Princess Grace Film Award from The Princess Grace Foundation-USA for his thesis film 'Mashed Potatoes'. 'Mashed Potatoes' had a very succesful festival run as an Official Selection of The Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Dances With Films Festival.
In 2008, he started his career as an assistant, working on indie films such as Dark Room Theater (2009) and The Greatest Song (2009). In 2010, he became Co-Creator of the webseries 'Blanco Boys' where in a few short days its Facebook Fan Page earned hundreds of followers and in turn led Literary Manager German Michael Torres to package the series and attach Carlos Alazraqui of 'Reno 911' fame to star.