Biography






















Robinson Devor‘s most recent feature film, the hybrid documentary ZOO, made its world premier at the Sundance Film Festival, and then went on to play at the Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight Section. The film was picked up for distribution by ThinkFilms and has played in theaters around the world. The press called the film "masterful" (Dennis Lim, New York Times), "beautiful and beguiling" (Village Voice), and "a breathtakingly original nonfiction work" (Scott Foundras, Variety).  It was recently named by Filmmaker as “One of the Top 25 Indie Films of The Decade.

Devor also premiered his second feature film, POLICE BEAT, at Sundance, in the Dramatic Competition . The film was called "emotionally devastating" (Rolling Stone), "a visual knockout" (Variety) and "Sundance at its best" (Los Angeles Times), and named one of the year's best films by the New York Times, Film Comment and Art Forum. For his efforts, Devor was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award and Gotham Award.  The film has since been included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. 

Named one of Variety's "10 Directors To Watch", Devor made his feature film directorial debut with THE WOMAN CHASER. Debuting at The New York Film Festival and then at Sundance, the film received critical high marks throughout its US theatrical run ("Wicked and Brilliant", The New Yorker; "A Masterpiece", MovieMaker Magazine). Devor’s first directorial effort, “Angelyne”, was a half hour, black and white 16mm film capturing a day in the life of the eponymous LA billboard queen. The Village Voice called it “a visual knockout”. Devor has also been a fellow at the Sundance Writers Lab, where he developed “Super Power” with co-writer Charles Mudede. The story follows a child solider as he attempts to re-integrate into his village and reclaim his childhood after an atrocious civil war.

Currently, Devor is in production on a new hybrid feature documentary about the suburban, middle-aged woman who attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. A mix of Errol Morris’ “Mr. Death” and Francis Ford Coppola’ “The Conversation”, Moore details her strange existence as both a left wing radical and a conservative FBI informant. Devor is also currently shooting "Pow Pow", an anthropological study of the members of a Coachella Valley Country Club. In 2012, Devor will be shooting a feature length adaptation of “You Can’t Win”, a turn of the century memoir of opium addict and master thief Jack Black. It remains one of the most influential books in the American literary underground.

Devor recently received a Genius Award for his work as a film director, an annual grant presented by the Stranger, an alternative weekly in Seattle, Washington – his current home. He has been an arts curator for the City Arts Festival, an advisor at Antioch University, and a lecturer at Chicago University and the New School in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, Devor received his BFA in film at Southern Methodist University. He has also trained and volunteered as a suicide counselor in Los Angeles.