Simply Rob is a portrait of Bronx based Poet and Activist Rob Vassilarakis. Estranged from his family when he was just a teenager because of his homosexuality, Rob fell into a world of self hatred and drug abuse.
In 1993 he was diagnosed with HIV, he was 22 years old.
After years of rehabilitation, Rob now uses his eloquence and honesty to inspire and educate others. Told through his poetry the film weaves lyrical imagery with Rob's resonating words to tell a personal journey of a man coming to terms with his sexuality and living with HIV.
The film has screened at over 20 major international film festivals and won two awards.
Best Social Awareness Film - I've Seen Films International Film Festival 2012
Best Short Documentary - Edmonton International Film Festival 2011
Director, Cinematographer, Editor - Tom Shrapnel
Producer - Gigi Berardi
Executive Producer - Tony Clark
Music - Barney Freeman
Sound - Finn Curry
Additional Music - The Dead Texan