Department: Communication Arts School: NYIT Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: n/a
Having started his career as an urban landscape photographer, Robert Sherwin’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.
Sherwin began to explore film as a graduate student at NYU. His first film won the highly coveted national FOCUS award in competition with over 600 films. “For Immediate Release” received national press coverage in USA Today, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to a cash award sponsored by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin’ Productions. “Jitters”, his second film, having initially screened at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles, was distributed internationally by Tapestry Productions. It received a national network premiere on PBS and The Learning Channel, hosted by Buck Henry. “Dirty Laundry”, Sherwin’s first feature, starred AcademyAward–nominated Tess Harper and Emmy Award-winner Jay Thomas. It premiered at the London Film Festival and went on to theatrical runs in New York, Los Angeles and other cities around the world. Soon thereafter he directed “Burglars,” an independent television pilot, starring Scott Valentine of TV’s “Family Ties.”
In 2002, Sherwin turned to digital filmmaking when he wrote, produced, directed and edited “SoundProof.” This quirky drama won awards at several festivals including Savannah, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, USA, Great Lakes, Long Island and Birmingham. In 2006 he finished “I Killed Talk Radio”, another short digital project.
Rob received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program in 1992. He has also directed commercials and corporate films for Group W Broadcasting, Radio Mercury Awards, Exxon and The Theater Guild, featuring Reba McEntire, Loretta Swit and James Franciosa.
After nearly a decade of teaching film production and scriptwriting at New York Institute of Technology, Sherwin is currently chairperson of Communication Arts on the Old Westbury campus. The department has over 800 students on 3 campuses (including Nanjing, China) and offers 3 degree programs including a BS in Advertising and an MA in Communication Arts.