American director, writer and producer Angela Robinson rose to prominence with the 2003 short film “D.E.B.S.,” which won various awards, including the 2003 Jury Award at Bearfest - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2003 L.A. Outfest, Cleveland International Film Festival's Best Women's Short Film - Honorable Mention, the 2003 Jury Prize at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the 2003 PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, and the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival's Best Short and Audience Award at the 2003 Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Robinson went on to direct the feature film version of “D.E.B.S.” (2005, also a writer), from which she netted Berlin International Film Festival's Reader Jury of the Siegessäule, “Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005) and several episodes of “The L World” (2006-2009). She was also a consulting producer on and wrote an episode of HBO's “Hung.” Her upcoming projects include “Jenbot” and “Girltrash: All Night Long.”
Childhood and Family:
Angela Robinson was born on February 14, 1971, in San Francisco, California. She was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving an undergraduate degree in theater from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, she moved to New York and later attended the film program at New York University.
Angela currently resides in Los Angeles.
Herbie Fully Loaded
With a theater degree in her pocket, Angela Robinson left Los Angeles for New York to launch a career in theater. Once there, she worked at Second Stage and Playwrights Horizons. In addition, she served as a co-artistic director for an off-Broadway theater company. After watching an episode of NBC's hit series “Friends,” where the lesbian former wife of Ross gives birth to their son, she believed that the half hour episode did more for gay rights than most protesting. Hoping that film would be a more effective medium to reach her goals, she subsequently quit theater and began her film studies at NYU. Upon graduation, she moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a new career as a filmmaker.
In 1995, Robinson directed and wrote “Chickula: Teenage Vampire,” a four minute film about a lesbian vampire. She continued to produce short films, such as “Ready, Okay” and “The Kinsey Three” before earning her first breakthrough with “D.E.B.S.,” (2003) a short film that parodied and imitated the format of “Charlie's Angels.” Featuring a lesbian romantic relationship between one of the heroes and the villain (played by Alexandra Breckenridge and Clare Kramer, respectively), the 11 minute short was screened at various festivals throughout 2003 to 2004, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and won a number of awards, including the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 2003 Bearfest - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival.
A year later, Robinson made her feature film directorial debut with a full version of “D.E.B.S.,” starring Sara Foster as Amy and Jordana Brewster as Lucy Diamond. Released theatrically in the United States on March 25, 2005, following festival screenings at the Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals, among other festivals, the film was met with mixed reviews and did not receive a wide release. “D.E.B.S.” brought Robinson a Reader Jury of the Siegessäule at the 2004 Berlin International Festival and a 2005 Black Movie nomination in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Writing.
Robinson next directed Disney's “Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005), written by Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and starring Lindsay Lohan, Breckin Meyer and Justin Long. The adventure was nominated for a Blimp Award for Favorite Movie and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie. The next year, she made her television directorial debut in Showtime’s “The L World,” where she directed several episodes, including ”Latecomer” (2006), “Luck Be a Lady” (2007) and “Litmus Test” (both 2009), to name just a few. She also served as a co-executive producer (20 episodes, 2008-2009), a producer (4 episodes, 2007) and wrote several episodes during the show's run from 2004 to 2009.
In 2007, Robinson created the Internet series “Girltrash,” an online offshoot of the television series “The L Word.” It starred Rinabeth Apostol, Amber Benson, Margaret Cho, Gabrielle Christian, Mandy Musgrave, Riki Lindhome, Michelle Lombardo and Joel Michaely. From 2009 until 2010, she worked on several episodes HBO's series “Hung.” Her upcoming projects include “Girltrash: All Night Long” and “Jenbot.”
Berlin International Film Festival: Reader Jury of the Siegessäule, “D.E.B.S.,” 2004
Bearfest - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival: Jury Award, Best Short Film, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
Cleveland International Film Festival: Best Women's Short Film - Honorable Mention, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
Dublin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Short Film, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
L.A. Outfest: Audience Award, Outstanding Narrative Short Film, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival: Best Short, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: Jury Prize, Best Short Film - Lesbian, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003
PlanetOut Short Movie: Grand Prize, “D.E.B.S.,” 2003