Music Film Festival
ATLARGE Music Film FestivalRob created and co-Founded The ATLARGE Music Film Festival with Jason Staten in 2017. 'A Film Festival For People Who Love Music' serves to fill the hole where so many great films that are driven by music (documentaries, biopics, musicals, music video's, etc) often either have short theatrical runs, or fly completely under the radar. These films demand to be seen on the big screen with a like-minded audience as a concert-like experience. In the first year, we curated 24 films and put together 12 workshops. Based in Atlanta and anchored with our partner, Georgia State Unieversity, year two is set for October 2018. Sponsors have included Night Flight and Deep Space Radio. Talent have included filmmakers Jodi Wille, Erik Von Haessler, Gerald Barclay and Academy Award winner Ellen Kuras and a live score performance by DJ Spooky.
LA Fashion Event
Eco NouveauPollinator Media’s first property to be developed was launched in October, 2007. The vision was to create a multi-media event featuring some of the World’s top ‘eco-fashion’ designers-- Gary Harvey (U.K.), Bahar Shahpar (NY) and Amanda Shi (LA). Over 1,000 people attended the 6 hour event that also featured art, music, dance and film from Sebastian Copeland, Geza X, Timothy Williams, John Trudell, Mia Doi Todd, Daedelus, Alexandre Orion, Chris Jordan, Mesha Kussman and Dublab. The event was widely covered by the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, British Vogue, CA Apparel News and Women’s Wear Daily. The event featured the First International couture designer ever to show during LA Fashion Week--Gary Harvey, who works exclusively with found and repurposed materials. Sponsors/partners included Global Green U.S.A., Green and Blacks Chocolate, Yogi Times, BPM and Gen Art. Pollinator was responsible for all aspects of the event including event design, brand and web development, sponsorship, event management, budgeting and operations, PR/press relations, promotions and talent. EcoNouveau went on to show as part of Downtown LA Fashion Week for the following two years. econouveau.com
TrudellRob served as Executive Producer helping to raise funds, create the vision/mission of the film, create the World Premiere party at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, co-create the branding/design of collateral, website and merchandise (apparel) for the film and assisted in managing the World Festival tour. Trudell toured 40 international festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Silverdocs and won awards at the Seattle Film Festival, in Los Angeles at the Artivist Film Festival and at the oldest American film festival-The Native American Film Festival in San Francisco. Trudell was released theatrically to 60 U.S. cities in 2006. It has aired on PBS and the Sundance channel and continues to tour the globe. John Trudell is a poet, musician, actor, and political activist who has been speaking out on behalf of the Native American people with intelligence and passion since the late '60s. Trudell took part in the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the activist group Indians of All Tribes, who intended to use the former prison as a school for Native American youth. Trudell eventually became chairman of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which would become the most visible and powerful Native American activist group. During his activist years, Trudell amassed a 17,000 page FBI file in which he is described as "extremely eloquent, therefore extremely dangerous". Trudell turned to poetry and into the realm of social theorist and philosopher to help him express his grief over the death of his family and his concerns over the state of America. He began recording a series of albums that combined lyrics confronting political and personal issues with music that touched on blues, rock, and Native American themes. To this day, John Trudell remains a powerful voice in both political and creative circles.
Bryant Gumbel/UNCF Golf
Bryant Gumbel Walt Disney World Celebrity Golf TournamentAt MESH Inc., Rob and co-founder Eric Blanchard ran and managed the largest Celebrity Golf Tournament in the U.S. for eight years. We were responsible for sponsorship, event management and operations, celebrity procurement, television production (one of the only Celebrity Golf Tournaments ever to air on ESPN). The event amassed over 75 celebrities, dozens of Fortune 500 corporate sponsors (Coke, GE, Warner Lambert, Anheuser-Busch, Prudential, American Express, Cartier etc.), Planet Hollywood Pairings Party, Golf on two Disney Courses (Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge), a dinner banquet for 1,000 people featuring artists such as Tony Bennett, John Denver, Keb Mo', Stephen Stills, Bruce Hornby, Ashford and Simpson. We raised over $7 million (with a $1.5 million annual budget) for UNCF students and left an endowment of over $1 million that contributes to students in need to this day.
Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball
Jose Cuervo Gold Beach VolleyballThrough the company that he co-founded (MESH Inc.), Rob was tasked with manning the helm of the Cuervo Gold Beach Volleyball Tour from '94-2000, managing a $1.5 million budget. We grew the event into the largest beach volleyball tour in North America and helped to grow the sport into its apex of popularity. We offered the most prize money of any tour and were the only volleyball tour of the time (and one of the select few sports competitions) that offered equal prize money to men and women. We packaged television coverage on FOX Sports with worldwide distribution. Sales increased every year in-market during the Tour and our reputation for creating some of the best Pro-Am beach volleyball events remains to this day. Co-sponsors we brought in included Rolling Stone Magazine, Tissot Swiss Watches, Klipsh Audio, Fiji Water, Clearly Canadian Beverages and Wilson Sports.
Little Black Dress
Little Black DressRob co-created the concept and launched the fashion event fundraiser by challenging LA based designers to come up with their interpretation of the 'perfect little black dress'. A women's closet staple, this mandate leveled the playing field for designers of all levels and showcased the works of Richard Tyler, Michelle Mason, Trina Turk, Pamela Barish and Monah Li to name a few. Liza Richardson (KCRW) was our host DJ for our 1,000 attendees and the event took place at the beautiful Cicada Restaurant in downtown LA. All proceeds for the event went to the charitable organization Stop Cancer. Sponsors included Audi, LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine.
Aspen Snow Polo
Aspen Snow PoloAt MESH Inc. we created a unique International Event featuring some of the world’s top Polo players in Aspen, Colorado. We were responsible for event design, event management/operations, sponsorship procurement and management (Fortune Magazine, Rado Swiss Watches), hospitality and television packaging (FOX Sports).
Drive the Change Launch
Drive The Change Launch Party“Drive The Change” – Launch party for Sabertec’s new BLADE technology that is the only automotive aftermarket product ever to show significant CO2 reductions and fuel economy increases by the EPA 511 Protocol. Pollinator designed the event for Sabertec, which featured a DJ performance by The Crystal Method, held at an old speakeasy in Venice, CA. The guest list featured 500 VIP’s including celebs and thought leaders of the 'Green' community in Los Angeles.
Dallas International Film Festival
Dallas International Film FestivalRob served on the Advisory Board of the Dallas International Film Festival and brought the Award Winning Film, THUNDER SOUL to the Festival in 2010. He also created and produced the Centerpiece Gala Event of the Festival at Reel FX Studios featuring the legendary Kashmere Stage Band from Houston, Texas who are featured in the THUNDER SOUL Film. ThunderSoulMovie.com
Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week
DTLA Fashion WeekPollinator served as an executive consultant to the founder and creator of Downtown LA Fashion Week held at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The inaugural event, ‘An Evening of 20th Century Glamour’ served as a benefit for M.O.C.A. Hosted by actress Rachel Griffiths, featuring the industry’s most prestigious vintage fashion authority, Cameron Silver and his exquisite collection of 20th century couture fashions. Fashion designer Louis Verdad’s new collection "Louver", shot by photographer August Bradley, with accompanying video installation by acclaimed film director Robertino Fonseca, presented as a series of artistic installations. 800 LA VIP’s attended the event including Marisa Tomei, Rose McGowan, and Zoe Saldana.
EVOUpon spearheading the development of the EVO brand identity, Rob saw an opportunity to debut EVO in a user-friendly environment where 30,000+ green marketplace enthusiasts gather at the Green Festival in San Francisco. He oversaw the development of the booth and all collateral material. Press coverage included the SF Chronicle and Treehugger. Rob also produced parties at the Bioneers and LOHAS Conferences to soft-launch the brand.
Earth Day Dallas
Earth Day DallasRob was the Artistic Director of the inaugural Earth Day Dallas Event which saw 50,000 people attend over two days. Rob curated the 'Artfully Green Film Series' (running it for two years) featuring award winning films Into the Cold and Deep Green which screened at the Dallas Museum of Art. He also curated the music and street performances at the Festival including dance performance by the Meadows Dance Ensemble of Christopher Dolder's "Vigeland's Garden" with music by Brian Eno. Music included top Dallas acts Dem Southernfolkz, The O's, Kirk Thurmond and Jerry Jeff Walker's son Django Walker.
Pod TuneRob served as a Producer on this compilation album pairing curated whale songs with 'ambient' musicians selected from all over the world. All proceeds went to several underfunded ocean conservation and advocacy organizations. Pod Tune was created as a reverence project, seeking to reestablish a sense of wonder in the world to help us to fall in love with our planet once again. We asked participating musicians to utilize the whale songs in true collaboration--as voice or instrument in their original tracks. For more information, visit http://www.podtune.com
EvolverRob gavlanized and organized visionaries Daniel Pinchbeck, Erik Davis, Erika Rand, Dan Siegel and David Latimer to create Evolver Magazine. Evolver's mission was to create a media platform committed to transformative, new-edge culture. Evolver magazine was part of larger plan to develop a eco-friendly focused membership organization ("AARP for the green world"). It was a grand ambition that ultimately birthed EVO.COM, Evolver.net and Reality Sandwich. Through grass-roots outreach we received over 800,000 page views on Evolver.net in a 6-month span and it is always gratifying to hear how far reaching and influential the prototype magazine turned out to be.
OriginRob served as an LA Editor and Brand/Cultural development lead for the Magazine in Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He also went on to write several articles for the magazine. WWW.ORIGINMAGAZINE.COM
metacine magazineMetacine was the pre-cursor to Evolver, launching at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 with 5000 copies distributed at various Festivals and events. The concept was to present a 'paradigm for a new planetary culture' with practical tools and provocative storytelling and imagery that could help revision our civilization.
Artfully Green Film Series
Artfully Green Film SeriesRob curated and produced the Artfully Green Film Series as part of Earth Day Dallas for two years. The first year at the Dallas Museum of Art, featured an appearance by adventurer and photographer Sebastian Copeland an his adventure to the North Pole. To see the second year line-up, please visit:
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