Robert E. Penn's short videos Fierce Love: AIDS Activism (2010) and Art from Adversity (2011) will be on view at The Bronx Museum of Art from July 13 to September 25, 2016 in the Art AIDS America traveling exhibition. More info at: bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/art-aids-america
Robert is currently developing his family oriented animation series, “The Three Brothers." Brothers are family, disagreeing about everything. Though these three live in a remote African village, they're no different. And, they must form bonds stronger than blood to become men.
In 2015, Robert suspended for-hire video production work to focus on writing for production and print. Robert Penn productions 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 from 1998 to 2014. Projects that Robert began in the 00's have advanced to pre-production stage. His animated series about soccer in Africa is currently in the character design stage in advance of animating the series pilot script. Robert's novel about zany artists in the nitty gritty New York City of the late 1970s is in final stages of revision.
Robert Penn productions completed promotional Internet content for JobsFirstNYC in September 2014. Our 70-minute album of personal stories of overcoming homophobia, STEPPING OUT ON FAITH, for LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent premiered in May 2014. Our 2013 and 2012 projects included making short bios to stop homophobic bullying and promote harmony between religious and LGBT communities; shooting and editing live performances for New York Public Library and numerous intranet seminars. 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.