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FADE IN: It all started like any other day...

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About

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Professor Bob

TEACHING — One of the great benefits of knowing your field well is that it gives you the opportunity to share it with others. I come from a long line of teachers and educators and I'm thrilled that I can continue in this tradition. What I like best is when a student takes what I have offered, processes it, and makes it his or her own. In this way it comes full-circle and the teacher becomes the student.

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"...and the winner is..."

SWEDEN — Returning for our 4rd year, not only did our trailer-pitch, Cassy Dreams Big!, based on the original screenplay My Racing Heart, get invited to participate in the 2021 Västerås Film Festival but I was asked back to be the co-Master-of-Ceremonies at the subsequent closing-night Gala Awards Show. Normally I’m more comfortable BEHIND the camera, yet once the butterflies in my stomach were gone, I enjoyed my hosting responsibilities immensely. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Heaven Sent

HOLLYWOOD — In 2021, another opportunity came up to pitch feature-length screenplay Whispering Wood, to NETFLIX, through Ron Howard's company Imagine Impact in Los Angeles. We pulled the team togeher once again and produced trailer-pitch, Awaken, to help promote the script. Thank you everyone for your participation and talent!

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Dreamin' Big!

HOLLYWOOD — This fall, in 2020, an opportunity came up to pitch a well-recieved feature-length screenplay of mine, My Racing Heart, to NETFLIX, through Ron Howard's company Imagine Impact in Los Angeles. Part of the criteria was for writers to submit a video-pitch of the story. In true 'Bob-Fashion' I was determined to go the extra mile and instead of sitting across the desk just talking at my smart-phone, decided to produce a trailer-pitch, Cassy Dreams Big!, promoting the script.

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Habit Forming

SWEDEN — October, 2019 - I could get used to this! Our music video, The Gardens of Thy Heart, was invited to participate in the Västerås Film Festival. Enjoying my third outting as co-Master-of-Ceremonies at the subsequent closing-night Gala Awards Show, we had so much fun! Thank you ladies, it was a pleasure working with you!

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That's a Wrap!

AMSTERDAM — September, 2018 was a personal triumph for me. After 3-years of intense effort and struggle I had finally finished my short musical, Pale Blue Dot, and was able to share it with the world. Pictured above are my three partners-in-crime: Ron Goudie, Sandhya Sanjana and Merel Moistra. Without their talent, dedication and enthusiasm, this film and our subsequent premiere would not have been possible. Held at the gorgeous Ketelhuis theaters in Amsterdam we couldn't have more pleased with the venue and audience. Thank you everyone who participated and attended. This was a true milestone in my life! Blessings!

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United Nations: Geneva

SWITZERLAND — November, 2018 I began production on a new feature documentary shot at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, Switzerland. During filming I had the great privilege to meet and interview some of the most influential people in the international People's Mobilization Movement assembled to write a Binding Treaty to address the unprecedented power of TNCs (Trans National Corporations.) Unfortunately the project fell through just as the final financing was coming into place.

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Mni Wiconi — Water is Life!

SWEDEN — October, 2017 we had the great pleasure of receiving the Västerås Film Festival Best International Documentary award for our film Standing with Standing Rock.
This was my acceptance speech: “...Thank you for this award. It will occupy a special place in my office. But more importantly - all over this globe there are people fighting for the natural world. In Standing Rock they call themselves ‘Water Protectors,’ but they go by many different names in many different countries. We need to recognize their sacrifices and honor and support these warriors for Mother Earth. I was blessed to be able to introduce a few of them with this film. Thank you again. Mni Wiconi - Water is Life!”.

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A Homecoming

CENTRAL OHIO — Following the successful collaboration between poet MarShawn McCarol, producer Sheila Fagan, and myself, our poetic music video, Down South enjoyed screenings around the globe. We returned in January, 2017 to a hometown crowd at the Gateway Cinemas to a sold-out show. Not only did I get to interact with dear friends, and meet new ones, but Sheila orginized influencial guest speakers who bookended the film with interesting conversations about the film, systemic racism and community activism.

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Scandinavia!

FINLAND — March, 2017 - Our documentary short Standing with Standing Rock, was invited out of the blue to the Tampere Film Festival in Finand. The festival has strong local and national support, the most I've ever experienced. Not only did they supply transportation, meal vouchers, complimentary tickets, but also a hotel - All wonderful things for an independent film maker! It was also great to interact with the well-informed and sophisticated Scandinavian audiences at the after-show Q&As.

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A Jolly Good Time!

LONDON — September, 2016 was a dream come true. The Raindance Film Festival, is one of Europe's premiere film showcases. Down South, was invited to participate. I arrived early to enjoy the other films and festivities and later had the good fortune of being joined by my then Dutch girlfriend and brother and sister-in-law from the States. It was a wonderful time.

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Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO — October, 2016 Down South, was invited to the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival in northern California. Not only did I get to accompany the film, participate in many of the festival's activities and take-in the beauty of the city, but I had the great honor to be joined by our poet's family for several of the screenings.

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The Sweet Spot

FRANCE — In the summer of 2012 I was restless. I'd come from the States determined to unwind and perhaps even reinvent myself - all the cards were on the table. But it wasn't long before the cinema-muse grabbed a hold of me once more and with the help from many, many people in Europe and the US, another dream came true. Once the script for Tourne-cave (turn toward the cave) was finished we started scouting for locations and casting. I joke, but I think I hired nearly the entire village! With our European premier at the historic Cinéma le Régent in nearby Montrichard we played to an enthusiastic local crowd. This film, even with its limitations still holds a very Sweet Spot in my heart. Thank you everyone who helped make it a reality!

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The Left-Coast

LOS ANGELES — The golden mecca of American filmmaking...I journeyed to Southern California in the summer of 1995 with little more than a 'suitcase full of dreams,' as they say. What I found was a beautiful, dynamic, dangerous place full of diversity, kinetic energy and talent. I jumped into the deep end and discovered I could not only keep up, but had my own set of significant abilities and sensibilities to bring into play. I've since left the Golden State but have many fond memories, close friends and wonderful experiences to go back to.

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Reverse Immigration

AMSTERDAM — Having the good fortune of visiting some of Europe's greatest cities through my work shooting promotional videos for American University's Study Abroad Programs, The Netherlands' capital is where I finally call home. Every time I came I found the Dutch people so friendly and content...and as I dug deeper found that it all stemmed from a significant and strong social contract which I wanted to be a part of. When I make someone else's life better, my life is better. It's as simple as that! (Pictured below is my first Amsterdam bike!)

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A Working Man

EXPERIENCE — It's a male, American, popular notion that a man's work is what defines him. And if I look though this lens I see a wonderful assortment of challenges and accomplishments throughout the years. Some failures, but mostly good, honest, satisfying work completed to the best of my abilities. And upon further reflection, I see that in the end it is always about relationships...with oneself, with others. Business comes and goes but it is these strong bounds and shared experiences that are what defines us.

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That Smarts

EDUCATION — As a younger person I never really enjoyed formal education and that sentiment remains to this day. Maybe it's my independent spirit, perpetual immaturity or stubbornness? More likely it is challenge to what 'I already know' or think that I do. With all of this said, I haven't regretted a single day of it! An education is really just a portal or door - giving you access to the secret garden hidden behind. So if you spend all of your time at the threshold you'll never really appreciate or experience the vast rolling hills of knowledge that await you.
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It all started late one January evening...

BACKSTORY — In screenwriting I learned that 'if you knew the beginning' of the story, you 'knew the end' and if you knew the end, you 'knew the middle.' My childhood was a wonderful playground full of enchantment, challenge and fun. I have no greater blessing in this world than to be born into the Yothers clan. Was it always peaches and cream? No, of course. We had our trials and trauma along the way, like every family, but my parents always had a kind-hearted and optiomistic approach to everything that came our way. A lesson I learned very early, hold with me and will carry until the end. Thank you Duane, Patricia, Laura, David and Tracy Yothers, from the bottom of my heart.

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Sometimes 1,500 is greater than 15,000,000

FRANCE — Living in a small rural community in the Loire sur Cher was a life changing experience. Not only did it allow me the time and space to strip off the 'waxy build up' of Los Angeles (population approx. 15 million,) but showed me a different approach to life. Pontlevoy (population approx. 1,500) is a tiny village off the beaten path and I think I consumed more wine in the short time I was there, than in my entire life combined. NOT IN AN EFFORT TO GET DRUNK - rather, the appreciation of fine wine to the French is a national pride. You can literally taste the region, grapes, soil, sunlight and rain in each sip and it is a wonderful celebration of life itself - 'a la vôtre santé' !

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Fine. Art.

ACTION! — For an artist the balance between commerce and creation is as old as civilization itself. Filmmaking is particularly challenging as it is one of the most expensive 'toy train sets' in the world. The costs and scope often demand the participation of other people...business people. Already at odds and more often than not correct in their predictions about the financial viability of any given project they are as necessary as a camera itself. Still, if every motion picture depended on the blessings of its 'bean counters,' we'd still be painting in caves. Luckily, peppered across the globe are individuals who LOVE telling stories and will stop at nothing to get it done. I count myself in this group and seek to reveal truth through that mysterious thing that happens between the creators, the film itself and the audience.

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How 'bout a Coffee?

  • Location: Essenstraat 24
    2011 DX Haarlem
    Netherlands
  • Phone: +31 (0)6 42 69 36 60
  • Email: bobyothers@gmail.com

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