“MARTINI THE MOVIE”, ROBERT’S SECOND OFFICIAL SHORT FILM, WRAPPED PRODUCTION IN THE FALL OF 2008.  THE FILM SCREENED AT 10 FILM FESTIVALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WINNING THE AWARD FOR “BEST COMEDIC SHORT FILM (MEN’S)” AT THE 2009 QCINEMA FILM FESTIVAL.  “MARTINI THE MOVIE” RECEIVED THE 2009 “QBLISS CREATING CHANGE COMMUNITY AWARD - OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM” .  THE FILM ALSO WON THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR “BEST MUSICAL” AT THE 2012 OUT IN THE DESERT - TUCSON INTL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL.


FEBRUARY 2012 BROUGHT THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED LIMITED EDITION DVD RELEASE OF “MARTINI THE MOVIE AND OTHER LAUGHTER LIBATIONS”!  THE FILM FEATURES 4 OF CAMINA’S LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDIES, INCLUDING “MARTINI THE MOVIE”, “HUNTER4LOVE”, “CELL$ CLERK” AND “DRIP TEASE”.  THE DVD FEATURED NEVER BEFORE SEEN BONUS FEATURES.

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ROBERT L. CAMINA

Filmmaker//Writer/Public Speaker


ROBERT L. CAMINA GREW UP IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, WHERE BY THE AGE OF FIVE HE WAS ALREADY BEHIND A CAMERA WHICH WAS NEARLY AS BIG AS HE WAS.  THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, HE PRODUCED VIDEOS FOR CLASSES AND CLUBS.


AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO WITH A B.B.A. IN MARKETING, HE MOVED TO DALLAS TO PURSUE A MARKETING CAREER.  THE CAREER LEFT NO TIME FOR HIS TRUE PASSION, FILM MAKING.  HE LEFT CORPORATE AMERICA TO PURSUE THE ART FULL TIME.  HE IS A GRADUATE OF THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY.



FILMMAKER

ROBERT’S FIRST OFFICIAL FILM, “HUNTER4LOVE”, A SHORT COMEDY, PLAYED IN TWELVE FILM FESTIVALS ACROSS THE U.S. PRIMARILY IN 2007 & 2008, BUT WAS STILL SCREENING AT FESTIVALS IN 2012.

Fort Worth Proclamation naming June 28, 2015:

“RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE DOCUMENTARY DAY”

THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO HE DIRECTED FOR THE DALLAS THEATER CENTER, “MEET KEVIN MORIARTY”, EARNED HIM 2 TELLY AWARDS: “OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECT MARKETING” - BRONZE, AND “CULTURAL MARKETING” - BRONZE.  THE TELLY AWARDS ARE THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY’S HIGHEST ACCOLADE.

Robert L. Camina and Brian Long

at President Barack Obama’s LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House - June 2012

IN MARCH 2008, ROBERT WAS HONORED WITH THE “BEST LOCAL FILM DIRECTOR” AWARD, AS VOTED ON BY READERS OF THE DALLAS VOICE, THE LEADING GLBT PUBLICATION IN THE DALLAS/FORT WORTH METROPLEX!  HE RECEIVED THE AWARD AGAIN IN 2009 AND 2010.  HE IS THE ONLY DALLAS FILMMAKER TO WIN THIS AWARD THREE TIMES.

IN JUNE 2009, ROBERT BEGAN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON HIS FIRST FULL LENGTH FEATURE FILM, “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE”, A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CONTROVERSIAL POLICE RAID OF A FORT WORTH GAY BAR THAT SPARKED AN UNPRECEDENTED OUTCRY BY THE GAY COMMUNITY LEADING TO HISTORIC CHANGE. 


THE FILM, NARRATED BY EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS AND TV ICON, MEREDITH BAXTER, OPENED TO RAVE REVIEWS AND A MEDIA FRENZY IN MARCH 2012.  THE FILM SCREENED DURING MORE THAN 30 FILM FESTIVALS AND GARNERED A NUMBER OF AWARDS, INCLUDING 5 “BEST” FILM AWARDS AND 3 “AUDIENCE CHOICE” AWARDS. 


MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE FILM IS HELPING TO CREATE CHANGE.  ROBERT IS VERY PROUD OF THE IMPACT THE FILM HAS MADE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. THE FILM IS BEING USED TO turn an unfortunate event into far-reaching teachable opportunities. The film is strengthening grassroots organizations, engaging local communities and advancing social change. By partnering with government officials, schools and grassroots organizations across the country (including Fairness Fort Worth, Garden State Equality, Equality Utah, P.A.C.E and more), RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE is increasing the visibility of our community and is absolutely changing hearts and minds.  The lessons learned in Fort Worth are lessons for cities all across the country and world, not just in Texas.    The documentary is a testament to the dedication and hard worK of a community and government officials on city and state levels, to create an improved understanding, a more inclusive place to live, and a stronger community for all.


A HIGHLIGHT OF ROBERT’S CAREER WAS RECEIVING AN INVITATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2012 LGBT PRIDE MONTH RECEPTION AND GREETING THE PRESIDENT.


OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE MEETING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER AND VALERIE JARRETT (SENIOR ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT OBAMA) IN MARCH 2012 AND RECEIVING AN INVITATION BY THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT TO SCREEN “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE” to a delegation of 16 visitors from all over Europe participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on “Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community”. (SEE BELOW)


ROBERT WAS ALSO INCREDIBLY HONORED AND PROUD TO BE PERSONALLY INVITED BY THE NORTH TEXAS U.S. ATTORNEY, SARAH SALDANA, TO SCREEN “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE” AT THE OFFICE’S INAUGURAL LGBT PRIDE MONTH DIVERSITY PROGRAM. (SEE BELOW)


IN JANUARY 2013, THE DALLAS VOICE NEWSPAPER NAMED ROBERT L. CAMINA ONE OF THE “NORTH TEXANS WHO HELPED DEFINE 2012” FOR HIS WORK WITH THE FILM.


IN JULY 2015, DURING THE FINAL SCREENING OF “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE” IN FORT WORTH, MAYOR PRO-TEM, SAL ESPINO DELIVERED A CITY PROCLAMATION TO “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE” ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH, NAMING JUNE 28, 2015: “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE DOCUMENTARY DAY”!


“RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE” IS AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VIDEO-ON-DEMAND.


 

WRITER

ROBERT IS ALSO A FREELANCE WRITER, WHOSE WORK CAN BE FOUND IN QBLISS MAGAZINE AND ADVOCATE.COM.  HIS ADVOCATE.COM EDITORIAL ABOUT FORT WORTH POLICE CHIEF JEFF HALSTEAD, WAS THE TOP STORY OF THE DAY AND HEADLINED THE DAILY EMAIL NEWSLETTER.

PUBLIC SPEAKER

In June 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office (N. District of Texas) invited robert to speak at their INAUGURAL LGBT Pride Month Diversity Program. the presentation included highlights from the film.  The event was broadcast to their offices across North Texas, where staff learned about the raid and issues related to LGBT equality.    camina and the film received glowing praise from U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana.



IN OCTOBER 2012, At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, ROBERT ADDRESSED a delegation of 16 visitors from all over Europe participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP): “Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community”, AND SCREENED “RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE”.


ROBERT HAS ALSO BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK AT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHERE HE HAS ADDRESSED THE ISSUES OF LGBT EQUALITY, LGBT HISTORY AND DISCUSSED THE FILM.

To book a screening of “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge or ”UPSTAIRS INFERNO” and/or have Robert speak at your event,

please contact him at RCamina@CaminaEntertainment.com

"Presenting himself in a quintessentially professional but approachable manner, [Camina] engaged our students and other audience members…If you have the chance to invite this filmmaker and his film to your institution, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so " -(Daniel Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Film Studies/Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas A&M University)

ETCETERA

IN 2010, ROBERT WORKED ON 2 SEASONS OF THE REALITY SHOW, “HOME MADE SIMPLE”, WHICH AIRED ON TLC (THE LEARNING CHANNEL).  IN 2009, HE WAS THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER FOR A NEW REALITY SHOW’S SIZZLE REEL.


ROBERT ALSO APPEARED IN SEVERAL EPISODES OF THE 2010 FOX TV SERIES “THE GOOD GUYS”, WHICH STARRED COLIN HANKS AND BRADLEY WHITFORD.

CLICK HERE FOR LETTER OF APPRECIATION FROM U.S. ATTORNEY SALDANABiography_files/Letter%20from%20US%20Attorney%20Sarah%20Saldana.jpg
CLICK HERE FOR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM TEXAS A&MBiography_files/Texas%20A%26M%20Reference%20letter.pdf
CLICK HERE FOR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM LATINO GLBT HISTORY PROJECTBiography_files/GLBT%20History%20Project%20Recommendation%20Letter.pdf

“MARTINI THE MOVIE” WAS RE-RELEASED ON DVD AND VIDEO ON DEMAND THROUGH TLA RELEASING IN 2014.

On June 24, 2015, Camina premiered his second full length documentary, UPSTAIRS INFERNO: an investigative and intimate look at the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.  This occurred when an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans gay bar in 1973.  The UPSTAIRS INFERNO World Premiere occurred in New Orleans, on the 42 anniversary of the tragedy, not far from where the deadly arson took place.  After quickly selling out its first screening, an additional screening was added, which also sold out.  More than 500 people were in attendance that evening. 


It was an emotional and monumental evening!  Survivors of the fire, families and friends of the victims and witnesses filled the audience.  Many traveled across the country to attend the Premiere!  Some of the attendees hadn't seen each other in over 40 years.  Never again, will there be so many survivors and key players of one of the biggest events in U.S. LGBT History gathered in the same room.  It's not hard to see the historic significance of that!!


In addition, Louisiana State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning, traveled from Baton Rouge to view the film and publicly address the audience about Up Stairs Lounge fire investigation.


After the Q&A, Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning presented UPSTAIRS INFERNO Director Robert L. Camina with an honorary medallion called the "Champion Coin" for his work and dedication to the Up Stairs Lounge fire story. 


One could argue that the screening of UPSTAIRS INFERNO, was a historic event, in and of itself.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO's film festival journey began in August 2015, at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, located in Durham, North Carolina.  It was chosen to be the coveted CLOSING NIGHT FILM.  UPSTAIRS INFERNO went on to win the festival's Jury Award: Best Men's Documentary Feature Film and tie for the Audience Award: Best Men's Feature Film.   From September to November 2015, UPSTAIRS INFERNO was chosen as an Official Selection of 12 more film festivals across the United States, winning more awards, including two more JURY AWARDS for BEST DOCUMENTARY and an additional AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD for BEST DOCUMENTARY.  


Critics have embraced the film, calling it "masterful", "enraging" yet "heartbreakingly beautiful" and a "must see". <see press>


UPSTAIRS INFERNO continues to screen during film festivals in 2016.



Citing Upstairs Inferno and Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, 'People Acting for Change and Equality' (P.A.C.E.), a nonpartisan organization based in Shreveport, Louisiana, honored Camina with the prestigious 2015 PACE PARAGON AWARD, recognizing him "as a paragon of People Acting for Change and Equality [through his documentary filmmaking]".

(SEE PHOTO ON RIGHT)


ROBERT’S PROFILE ON IMDB

At the World Premiere with survivors of the Up Stairs Lounge fire.

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning presenting honorary medallion,  the "Champion Coin"