roberto drilea


I am a filmmaker, story strategist and entrepreneur passionate about the impact of narrative on individuals and communities.

I believe the stories we tell ourselves and others are the key to preserving our humanity in an increasingly automated and distant world. I am interested in how stories help us connect genuinely, activate our potential, ignite and sustain change in the world.

I work primarily as a video and virtual reality producer and editor.
When I don't think about story, I think about the future of work, education and sustainability.

My work has been presented at film festivals including the Cannes Short Film Corner, Sundance and SXSW.

I have done work for institutions and publications including:, The Public Theater, The Atlantic, CNN Style,
Northwestern University, Storyhunter and the Big Ten Network.

In 2016, I was selected as one of ten filmmakers in the inaugural cohort of Oculus' VR For Good Creators' Lab, where I worked with Spectrum Laboratories, an LA-based nonprofit to co-create a virtual reality musical in collaboration with young artists on the autism spectrum.

Born and raised in Romania, I am a graduate of Northwestern University and currently live in Brooklyn.

I am fluent in Romanian and Italian, can get by with smiles and nods in French
and Arabic, and currently learning Spanish and piano. --- © 2018-2019. all rights reserved.


I work primarily in Adobe Premiere Pro and Davinci Resolve 15.

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.

HMH: Math At Work

The latest from Math@Work: Watch the Sharks from ABC®’s Shark Tank
team up with HMH Math in Math@Work Meets Entrepreneurship.
See the students get down to business and get involved with math!

A Heart to Serve

A Heart to Serve offers residents of nursing homes the opportunity to volunteer on teams that give back to their communities. In 2016, Rockport Healthcare was the first organization to involve every nursing home in fulfilling community service through A Heart to Serve – so that every resident and patient, including people who have physical and cognitive challenges, such as dementia, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s disease, or vision impairment, can experience the transformative power of purpose.

One of 50+ edits for Rockport Healthcare Services //

The Urge to Fly

Personal project. A spec reel for a film adaptation of a novel, in progress.


I am a hands-on, detail-oriented and technically savvy director.

Use Your Imagination VR

A 360 VR musical co-created with young artists on the autism spectrum.

Developed under the Oculus VR For Good Creators Lab, presented at Sundance & SXSW 2017


2018, 4 minutes

Yesterday is a story of loss and return between mothers and sons.

Cannes Court Metrage 2018

This Is Reading 360

2017, 11 minutes

Companion piece to Lynn Nottage's immersive transmedia installation "This Is Reading"
A collaboration with Tony Gerber (Market Road Films) and Lynn Nottage.

Dead Tongues

2016, 84 minutes

Following the mysterious suicide of her former lover, a woman teams up with his estranged twin brother to the unearth the uncanny plot preceding her boyfriend's death. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family.”

Co-directed with Brianna Dorn.
Winner: Best Feature at the H.P.Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR

Dead Tongues

work with me, maybe?

I am always eager to find new collaborators and exciting projects, particularly long-form, narrative and/or new media projects.


in the mean time, watch my latest video: