Robert Rooy is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has worked in more than twenty countries, creating media with and for international development, human rights and environmental organizations. In addition, he has worked as a DGA first assistant director on more than forty films, including Lonesome DoveHoneymoon in VegasMinority Report and The West Wing. His documentary, Deej, received a 2017 George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction. 

Robert Rooy is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has worked in more than twenty countries, creating media with and for international development, human rights and environmental organizations.  His encounter with Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, led to producing and directing To Our Credit, a two-part PBS series that aired in 1998.  In addition, he has worked as a DGA first assistant director on more than forty films, including Lonesome DoveHoneymoon in VegasMinority Report and The West Wing. He holds an MFA degree from Yale School of Drama, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Calvin University, and a National MediaMaker Fellowship from the Bay Area Video Coalition. His documentary, Deej, received a 2017 George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction.  Festival awards include Winner, Best Feature, Superfest Disability Film Festival; Winner, Best Documentary, Indigo Moon Film Festival; Winner, Best Feature, Chagrin Doc Fest: Winner, Audience Award, Newburyport Film Festival; Participant, Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers; and Participant, Mid Atlantic On Screen/In Person Documentary Film Tour. 

Films by Robert Rooy

Deej

DJ Savarese (“Deej”) is a nonspeaking young autistic who dreams of college and communicates via text-to-voice synthesizer, and here via documentary and poetry in collaboration with director Robert Rooy. Filmed in a one-of-a-kind partnership over six years, “Deej takes several masterful steps forward in inclusive filmmaking.” [Peabody Award jury, 2017]