Filmmaker Robyn Symon
Robyn Symon is a two-time Emmy award-winning writer/producer specializing documentaries and television TV series. She has become known in the industry as the “transformational” filmmaker, putting a spotlight on people who make a difference in the world.
A former TV news reporter, Symon wrote and produced the national PBS documentary series “Voices of Vision,” hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon focusing on non-profit organizations from combating human rights violations against women in West Africa, China’s looming “fast food” health crisis to the history of Boys Town. While at PBS, Symon also wrote and produced the musical special “Boleros: Unforgettable Love Songs” with Ricardo Montalban, Celiz Cruz, Jose Feliciano and many top Latin music stars which became a “fundraising favorite” for PBS stations nationwide. While at PBS, Symon also wrote and produced the series “Florida!” which aired for six seasons on The Travel Channel.
In 2007, Symon debuted the feature documentary “Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard.” At its New York premiere at the Quad Cinema, “Transformation” broke the box office record. The film and TV rights were acquired by Screen Media Films.
Symon’s documentary, “Hedy & Yumi: Crossing the Bridge” about relationship experts who turned their pain from the Holocaust into a global mission to create a ‘culture of connection won Best Documentary at the La Femme Film Fest in Los Angeles Symon produced the documentary YES: Young Entrepreneur’s Society (www.theyesmovie.com) and “One Week Job” following the journey of a Canadian college grad who gained international media attention searching for the perfect job (www.oneweekjob.com).
Symon is currently producing several projects including a documentary on two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee SOMPOP Jantraka who is on a mission to prevent young girls from entering Asia’s sex trade (www.sompopfilm.com), “Grown Up Kidz” about a silent population of children forced to give up their childhood to become caregivers in their homes and “Behind the Blue Veil” about the nomadic Tuareg tribe of the Sahara Desert now facing extinction (www.behindtheblueveil.com).
Symon has been honored with numerous national awards including two Emmys for writing and producing short documentaries; 3 National Telly awards two Associated Press awards for news reporting and two national NABJ awards.