Rob Nilsson

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Independent, San Francisco-based filmmaker whose debut feature, "Northern Lights" (1979), grew out of a series of documentaries he had made for left-wing film cooperative Cine Manifest. A gritty period drama about ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (13)

Attitude 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Chalk 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Scheme C6 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Singing 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Stroke 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Winter Oranges 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Heat and Sunlight 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Street 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

Signal 7 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Northern Lights 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

A Town Has Turned to Dust (TV Show)

Director

Need (Movie)

(Director)

Used (TV Show)

Director
Actor (11)

Clouds 2000 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

SWAT Commander (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heat and Sunlight 1989 (Movie)

Mel Hurley (Actor)

Dancing at the Harvest Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow Drive (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Me No Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

Who Owns the Past? (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (11)

Torn 2013 (Movie)

(Story Consultant)

Bill's Gun Shop 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Attitude 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

Chalk 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scheme C6 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Singing 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

Stroke 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

Heat and Sunlight 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Method 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Signal 7 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Northern Lights 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (7)

Bill's Gun Shop 2005 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Attitude 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scheme C6 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Singing 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stroke 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Winter Oranges 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Northern Lights 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)
Casting (1)

Northern Lights 1979 (Movie)

(Casting)
Editor (1)

Northern Lights 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Independent, San Francisco-based filmmaker whose debut feature, "Northern Lights" (1979), grew out of a series of documentaries he had made for left-wing film cooperative Cine Manifest. A gritty period drama about Norwegian farmers in pre-WWI Dakota, "Northern Lights" won the Camera D'Or at Cannes in 1979 and the American Film Festival Award the following year. Nilsson went on to develop an improvisational filmmaking style, influenced by the techniques of cinema verite and facilitated by modern video equipment, which he has dubbed "direct action cinema." His films in this mode include "Signal 7" (1983), which follows a day in the life of San Francisco cabbies, and "On the Edge" (1985), starring Bruce Dern. Nilsson played his first leading film role in "Heat and Sunlight" (1987), which he also wrote and directed.

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

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