Roberta Marie Munroe
Director l Producer l Author l Consultant
Shame On You, with producing partner, Jamie Noel, is a feature documentary that illuminates the controversial and frequently censored subject of sexuality shaming and violence, by objectively addressing this pressing social issue both in the United States and globally, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status. In post production.
The Last Two Lovers At The End Of The World, written & directed by Nefertitie Nguvu, is a high concept short film, that is part of the 2017 AT&T Hello Lab/Tribeca emerging filmmaker partnership. Principal photography July 2017. Production companies, Fullscreen, and Freedom Road.
Strivers Row, written by Sha-Risse Smith, directed by Robert Rippberger is a feature narrative based on her true life story of leaving the projects of Strivers Row in Harlem, New York for Harvard University. Principal photography June 2017.
Untitled Feature Narrative, written & directed by Roberta, starring Anslem Richardson, is a feature narrative based on the life of one man who makes a drunken decision that brings with it a baby, and a day in court. In development.
Cherrybrook, a feature documentary based on Munroe’s family lineage from the Underground Railroad to Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario. In development.
Berries, written and directed by K. Giselle Johnson, and Raeshon Morris, is a Howard University thesis film about 2 African American children finding friendship as their parents betray one another. In post production.
Roberta recently directed The Sibling Code (Oxford FF, Blackstar FF, Nantucket FF, Sidewalk FF 2016 starring Amy Hill, Amy Okuda & Jonathan Lisecki). She wrote and directed the award winning short film Dani & Alice a 35mm film project of the Fox Searchlight Director’s Lab, that went on to win over 10 Best Short awards worldwide. Her comedy Happy Birthday also won several Best Short Awards and both films were distributed by Wolfe Releasing via DVD and Netflix.
Roberta also wrote, directed and produced two shorts commissioned by the UNFPA (United Nations), MAJA and FAMILY PRAYERS with a specific focus on children, women and reproductive rights in Egypt and Eastern Europe.
PRODUCER: Roberta has produced over 30 short films, and 3 features including:
The Nightshift – Sundance 2017 World Premiere starring Tunde Adebimpe, and China Shavers, writer/director Marshall Tyler,
ToY – Cinequest FF, FilmOut (winner of Best Performance), feature narrative (starring Briana Evigan and Kerry Norton, writer/director Pat Chapman)
THE PARKER TRIBE – Tribeca 2015 (World Premiere), Palm Springs ShortsFest, Outfest, Best Comedy LA Shortsfest 2015, and best comedy pilot at the New York Television Festival, starring SNL’s Paula Pell.
IRENE & MARIE – Starring Olympia Dukakis and Rose Gregario. Newport FF 2015; writer/director Alex Thompson.
THE PROCESSION – Starring Lily Tomlin & Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Palm Springs 2012, Tribeca 2012, “Stars In Shorts” Theatrical release 2013 writer/director Rob Festinger.
DEBUTANTE HUNTERS – Audience Award, Sundance 2012, Palm Springs ShortsFest 2011, writer/director Maria White
SUICIDE CANARIES – SXSW 2010, writers/directors Natalia Provatas and Valerian Zamel.
Ms. Munroe is the author of How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer, (Hyperion 2009), the 2nd Edition Audiobook, read by the author, published by Hachette Books -January 2015. In Chinese (2015 Big Apple Publishing, Beijing), and Korean (Communications Books, Seoul 2013) and its translation and publication in Spanish is in progress.
Her second book, How Not To Sign A Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To, provides indie filmmakers with an overview of film industry contractual law and is also available on Amazon and other online booksellers.
As a film festival consultant & programmer, Roberta has programmed film at IFP New York (No Borders co-production section), Tampa LGBT FF, spent 5 years programming film at the Sundance Film Festival and was the founding Artistic Director for The Blackhouse, an educational and celebration space for Black filmmakers and their supporters (Sundance, TIFF, Tribeca). She was Administrative Director of Inside Out Film Festival (Toronto), Sales & Industry Theatre Manager at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Managing Director of the Niagara International Film Festival (NIFF – Niagara on the Lake). Roberta is highly respected, and beloved by filmmakers all over the world as a true champion of artists.
You can find often Roberta hanging in Palm Springs or Los Angeles, California with an ice cold Manhattan, and her two rescue dogs Marcello & Rita.