Robinson Devor ‘s 2018 feature documentary “Pow Wow” debuted at Lincoln Center and was hailed by New Yorker film critic Richard Brody as “one of the best films of this or any year”, while Slate called the multi-character film “ambitious, surreal and intoxicating". Devor’s previous 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 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 named by Filmmaker as “One of the Top 25 Indie Films of The Decade.” Devor’s earlier narrative feature film, “Police Beat”, was in Dramatic Competition at Sundance as well. The film was called "emotionally devastating" (Rolling Stone), "a visual knockout" (Variety) and "Sundance at its best" (Los Angeles Times), as well as 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. 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" for his directorial debut, Devor premiered “The Woman Chaser” 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 short documentary “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 currently teaches filmmaking at Cornish College; he has also taught screenwriting at the Northwest Film Forum’s Film School, mentored students at Antioch College and the IFP Film Program, curated the City Arts Festival, and guest lectured at Chicago University and the New School in Manhattan. He was a fellow for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, and received a Genius Award for his collective work in film, an annual grant presented by the Stranger. A native New Yorker living in Seattle, Devor has also trained and volunteered as a suicide counselor while living in Los Angeles.
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