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Robert A. Boleyn Founder Robert A. Boleyn began his professional career in 1991. A native Iowan, Robert attended the University of Iowa (http://www.uiowa.edu) studying Political Science and Communications, before moving north to Minneapolis and taking a job at SCOTT HANSON’S COMEDY GALLERY where he worked as a doorman and did voice-overs for the Comedy Gallery’s weekly half-hour television show. It was a relatively short-lived experience, however, as he became deeply involved in local and national politics, which he would go on to pursue in various capacities for the next decade-plus. But soon after his graduation in 2000 from the prestigious San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Leadership San Francisco program, (http://www.leadershipsf.org) where he had moved in 1994, Robert became increasingly disturbed with politics. He felt disillusioned and disenfranchised by what he saw around him. It was these feelings that re-sparked his passion to make movies and lead him to make a life and career-altering decision; he would embark once again on the dream of becoming a successful Hollywood filmmaker. Having been absent for nearly a decade from the entertainment scene, however, it was clear to Robert that it would take a serious effort to reinvigorate his career. So he did what every aspiring filmmaker does, he moved from Northern California to Hollywood where he would be nearer to the action. Once in Los Angeles, he reluctantly undertook his first efforts at the resuscitation of his career. During these early stages, he would write political commentary and lifestyle columns for magazines such as Xodus (www.xodus-usa.com) and The Washington Blade (www.washblade.com). Fully aware that alone would not provide him the necessary re-exposure to the entertainment industry, however, he also worked wherever and whenever he could on small and independent films. Most of this work was to be done for free, including his involvement with the short film SITUATIONAL REALITY (www.fuzzbomstudios.com), the extremely low budget independent feature WITNESS2MURDER, the feature I SEE YOU.COM (www.imdb.com), the AFI Director’s Workshop for Women (www.afi.com) student project DANCE TO THE OFFBEAT, and a number of other small projects which would probably never be seen in theatres. In spite of the advice from seasoned industry professionals that he was too old to be hired for internships, he also accepted unpaid positions with the Independent Spirit Awards in production (www.filmindependent.org), Moviola Education Center in post-production (www.moviola.com), and Orange Entertainment (http://www.orange-ent.net) in distribution. After seeing so many of the facets of the industry up close and personal, it was clear to him that his true passion lay in writing, and directing. So in the most defining moment of his career, he enrolled in night classes with the UCLA EXTENSION (http://www.uclaextension.edu.) Following two years of intensive study, in 2007 his educational undertakings culminated in the completion of his Writing Certificate in Film & Television from UCLA, which he followed closely with continuing education classes intended to refine his skills in the management of film with the UCLA Extension’s Film Management department. His newest venture, a “hybrid” entertainment production/ new media start-up, has taken into account his prior e-Business experiences at such notable new media companies as Chicago-based Brigade (http://www.brigade.com) where he specialized in Client Services for their San Francisco-based clients, and United e-Way (http://www.national.unitedway.com/eway) where he spent his first year in Los Angeles as its first-ever, e-Business Director.
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