Roberto Drilea

creative director, or something

Latest Work:

'Use Your Imagination' - a 360 VR musical developed under the
Oculus VR For Good Creators Lab, presented at Sundance & SXSW 2017

Understood.org

Understood is on a mission to empower the parents of the 1 in 5 children and young adults with learning and attention issues in the US, to understand their issues and relate to their experiences.

I have produced, shot and edited short documentaries that highlight personal stories of young adults who have struggled and learned to cope with learning and attention issues.

A Heart to Serve

A Heart to Serve is a campaign and series of over 70 short documentaries I am editing this year about a network of nursing and assisted living facilities that pair residents with homeless facilities, providing food to those in need and motivation to residents that feel needed once again.

Freerunner (2016) - The Atlantic

The long political conflict in Kashmir has taken tens of thousands of lives, and in July 2015, at least 30 people were killed by armed forces. Trust between Kashmiris and the Indian state that controls them continues to decline, especially among youth who’ve seen violence their entire lives.

This short documentary, Freerunner, follows a young man and his troupe of friends who practice parkour in the Kashmir Valley.

The film is part of a larger multimedia project I co-created on youth who grew up in a militarized Kashmir.

Roberto Drilea works in documentary and fiction, film and VR, creating experiences that aim to reflect human complexity.

His work has been presented at various film festivals, including the Cannes Short Film Corner, Sundance and SXSW. He has shot, edited or directed work for institutions and publications including: The Public Theater, The Atlantic, CNN Style, Storyhunter and the Big Ten Network.

Most recently, Roberto was selected as one of ten filmmakers in the Facebook/Oculus VR For Good program, where he worked with an LA-based nonprofit to create a virtual reality musical in collaboration with young artists on the autism spectrum.


Born and raised in Romania, he is a graduate of Northwestern University and currently lives in Brooklyn, working as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor, under his newly founded production banner, Pixel & Rhyme.

He is fluent in Romanian and Italian, and can get by with smiles and nods in French and Arabic.