Writer, Producer, Director
New York, NY
Working On: Charley for Killer/Massify
Dee Austin Robertson, an Abilene, Texas native and University of Texas graduate, spent many years under the mentorship of Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO) and Steven Poster, ASC. In 2004, Dee directed and collaborated with writer Todd Berger on a #1 Fan: A Darkomentary for the special addition director’s cut of DONNIE DARKO. It received rave reviews from Rolling Stone to LA Weekly. The Washington Post wrote, “Surely it’s all an act, but it’s a brilliant one.” He then wrote and directed the favorite festival animation This is the Way the World Ends and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the film SOUTHLAND TALES, both of which can be seen on the Universal/Sony DVD.
For the Internet, Dee directed and edited the hit comedy series Time Dealer, which stars D.C. Pierson from Derrick Comedy/”Mystery Team.” He also worked with KCRW (NPR) to produce and direct Tuned In, a music web show with legendary music tastemaker Nic Harcourt.
Currently, Dee is an Executive Producer and Writer (story) on THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS, another collaboration with writer Todd Berger. The film is in pre-production at the Jim Henson Company.
Recently, Dee directed, shot, and edited Twitter Kids with Eric Levy and Juan Cardarelli of “Happy Birthday Harris Malden.” The film screened at this year’s Austin Film Festival.
- How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (Video short), 2015
Robertson is the director as well as the executive producer of the film that tells the story of the latest technology, 5G, “infecting humankind through Smartphones, turning people into flesh-eating zombies. A group of survivors from a base camp where they wait to be rescued.” IMDB
- The Ghost of My Old Dog (Short), 2012
“A young man mourns the death of his dog.” IMDB
Robertson co-wrote, directed, and produced the short.
- Holiday Road, 2012
“A comedy anthology film in which thirteen filmmakers each take on a different American holiday.” IMDB
- Before the Bomb the Fruits Sang Steve Miller Band (Short), 2011
Dee is the director, cinematographer, and actor in short.
- Eric Goes West (Short), 2011
“A man sets sail to celebrate his 30th birthday alone.” IMDB
- I Kill Flowers to Save the World (Short), 2011
Writer, director, and cinematographer.
- Charley (Short), 2010
Writer and director of the short about “A young and dysfunctional couple visit New York City with a unique stowaway traveling in their suitcase.” IMDB
- USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland (Video documentary short), 2008
Director and cinematographer
- Time Dealer (Video short), 2008
The short comedy is about the “tales of how one time-traveling drug dealer changed the course of history, one ounce at a time.” IMDB
- This Is the Way the World Ends (Short), 2007
Dee wrote and directed the short animation about “a young octopus learns the solemn story of mankind’s extinction and how their greatest achievements were buried on the ocean floor.” IMDB
- #1 Fan: A Darkomentary (Video short), 2005
“The questionably unstable Darryl Donaldson goes on a quest to prove why he’s Donnie Darko’s #1 fan.” IMDB
- Manifest Destiny (Short), 2000
“A man is visited by the physical manifestation of his inner demon of alcoholism – an adorable 2-foot blue puppet.” IMDB
- Instant Celebrity (Short), 2000
Writer, director, and cinematographer of the short animation “following Bouncer Bopopolis on a journey to reclaim his ‘Boing.’” IMDB