CRAYTON ROBEY, Director / Producer
Crayton Robey is an inspired storyteller. Through his acclaimed documentaries and original screenplays, Robey contextualizes history in modern terms with a singular artistic vision. Robey graduated from Howard University and amassed numerous acting credits in theater and film before making his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary, When Ocean Meets Sky which premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. Hailed as a "tour de force" for its genre, When Ocean Meets Sky provides a vivid portrait of the birth and evolution of one of the world's first gay enclaves. It has built a strong following and is a popular broadcast on MTV's Logo Real Momentum Series. His first screenplay, Mary Audrey was a finalist for the Guy Hanks/Marvin A. Miller Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by Bill and Camille Cosby. Robey's work caught the eye of Jane Rosenthal and Robert Deniro's Tribeca Film Institute's All Access Program where he met Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa and partnered with 4th Row Films to produce Making the Boys. Upcoming projects include Hound Dog, a screenplay based on the life of Robey's great uncle, rhythm and blues impresario Don Robey; Pines 79, a film about the final days of hedonism; Who Do You Have to F*** to Get A Drink Around Here?; and Yes We Can! a solo play with music about the lineage of Barack Obama. Robey is also a strong supporter of numerous youth and gay rights organizations and a founding director of the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation.