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After spending 15 years in New York directing and technical directing some of the most widely viewed programs on network and cable television; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Emeril Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Robert Child followed his passion for history and is now one of the top history filmmakers in the United States. He has directed films all over the world including; Canada, UK, France and Belgium.
Child, winner of more than 25 writing and directing awards is one of only a handful of directors whose work has screened in the Congress of the United States. Silent Wings debuted on Capitol Hill on the day of its release in 2007 and became the catalyst for New York Congresswoman, Carolyn McCarthy’s, House sponsored, Joint Resolution honoring America’s WWII glider pilots.
The caliber of Child’s work has again and again attracted leading Hollywood “name” collaborators. Hal Holbrook narrated Silent Wings, which featured Walter Cronkite and Andy Rooney. Civil War theatrical director, Ronald F. Maxwell, (Gettysburg, Gods & Generals) narrated Child’s Lincoln and Lee at Antietam: The Cost of Freedom. Corey Reynolds (The Terminal, The Closer) narrated The Wereth Eleven and actor Dale Dye, Stephen Spielberg’s Senior Military Advisor on Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers narrated Child’s, USS Franklin: Honor Restored, film in 2011. Child’s current project America’s First D-Day: Washington Crossing has Oscar nominated actor, Gary Sinise(CSI: NY, Forrest Gump) in discussions to be the main narrator.
Child’s work has consistently been singled out and honored as among the best of the best. Both his first two feature film screenplays HAMILTON and BLOOD BETRAYAL reached the finals in two separate screen writing competitions. "Hamilton" was declared an "Official Finalist" in the 2011 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and "Blood Betrayal" reached the semi-finals in the 27th Write Movies International Writing Contest out of thousands of entries.
Out of the 850 entries in the history category at the 2006 World Fest Houston Film Festival, Child’s, Lincoln and Lee at Antietam, was the lone recipient of the Special Jury Award. In 2011 his film, The Wereth Eleven, won the highest honor at the GI Film Festival in Washington DC, the Founders Choice Award. This highly regarded festival receives more than two thousand film submissions each year.
In 2011, the survivor’s association of the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Franklin, singled Child out for Honorary Crew Membership aboard the most decorated vessel in US Naval history. USS Franklin Museum Association President, H. Prentice Baptiste, wrote, “We wish to extend to you membership as a full fledged crew member of the USS Franklin for your work in setting the record straight of the heroic effort in saving one of the great ships of the U.S. Navy in World War II and your name will be permanently inscribed on the official crew roster.”