Since 1998, Robert Penn productions has provided a full range of video related services, including: concept development; scripting, script critique and doctoring; one- and multi- camera productions; editing/post-production; and training.
In August 2014 Robert Penn productions shot Internet content for JobsFirstNYC. Our 70-minute documentary for LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent premiered in May 2014. Our 2013 projects included making 8 short bios to help end bullying and promote harmony between religious and LGBT communities. We shot and edited live performances for NYPL and numerous intranet seminars in 2013 and 2012. Robert created the short documentary “Art from Adversity” about Black gay writers in 2011. Robert Penn productions developed and produced Status is Everything public service announcements for AAOGC and the New Jersey Department of Health. The 60 second spots promote HIV testing to young people in the Newark Metropolitan Area. The environmental campaign premiered at Newark City Hall in January 2010.
Writer/Director Robert E. Penn started writing during his childhood in Gary, Indiana. He took his first video course at Northwestern University at the age of 17. New York State Council on the Arts awarded Robert a 2005/2006 Individual Artist Grant in Film and Video/New Media Technologies. Tribeca Film Festival selected Robert’s screenplay, Sahara Son, as one of fifteen finalists for its 2006 Tribeca All Access Program. Robert completed his novel On A Sunlit Beach in July 2014. Robert has contributed to numerous anthologies, most recently For Colored Boys..., edited by Keith Boykin, Magnus Books, New York, 2012. Earlier anthologies include Voices Rising (2007), Freedom in this Village (2005), Children of the Dream (1999). Robert is the author of The Gay Men’s Wellness Guide, Henry Holt & Co., 1998.