Our fourth core team member is Robert Kirk, our Documentation Manager. Rob is an award-winning documentary producer who will head our efforts to produce documentation that carefully shows how to produce the machines of the Global Village Construction Set. He will focus both on documentation and video production. We look forward to the next generation of crystal-clear explainer videos that will bring our work to a much broader audience.
Robert Kirk is an Emmy Award winning producer/director with over 30 years of television, feature film, commercial and interactive experience. He is Co-Founder of Digital Ranch Productions and Texture, Inc. and recently served as Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel series James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons, Out of Egypt, Combat Cash, Animal Planet's Animal Armageddon and the new 3net series Dark Secrets, produced in 3D.
Rob Kirk was Executive Producer of the popular History Channel series Mail Call, Dogfights and Shifting Gears, as well as the truTv series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice. He was the co-creator and Executive Producer of Dangerous Missions, also for The History Channel and Weapons at War, a critically acclaimed series for the A&E Network hosted by George C. Scott.
Kirk was nominated for an Emmy for his three hour special, The Last Days of World War II, and received an Emmy for his special, Remembering World War II: Pearl Harbor. He also produced and directed the epic two-hour History Channel special The Ottoman Empire. His baseball reality documentary, The Minors, followed players in Baltimore Orioles farm system for over two years.
In the digital world, Rob Kirk is the Executive Producer of the San Diego Zoo Children's iPad App, Baby Panda's New Home and he has created interactive Apps for companies like Four Seasons Hotels and Walmart. He produced the iPad App versions of the independent books Surfing the Middle East and Brain Eater's Bible. He was also the Executive Producer of the renowned interactive CD-Roms, Nine Worlds with Patrick Stewart; Wild Blue Yonder and Alcohol 101.
Rob Kirk and Digital Ranch also created more than 30 national TV commercials and over 70 webisodes for the US Army's most successful ad campaign ever: An Army of One / GoArmy.com.
His feature documentary, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival, and was featured at the United Nations in New York. The film, about a Japanese rescuer of Jews in WWII, aired nationally on PBS.
Some of Kirk's other work includes Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (NBC), Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack: The Men and Their Movies (NBC), Making of a Model (ABC), Sightings (FOX), Robots (A&E), Top Speed (History) and Sink the Bismarck (A&E), as well as the feature films Kid Colter and Destroyer, starring Anthony Perkins.
Luckily for us, Rob leapt at the opportunity to work with Open Source Ecology:
My biggest thrill as a filmmaker is to be able to tell a great story... and Open Source Ecology is an amazing story! When I first learned about Marcin and his vision my immediate reaction was, "how can I be part of that?" Now I'm tremendously excited to lend my experience to documenting the growth of OSE and be able to create videos and written materials that can spread the "word" and help make the tools accessible to people around the globe. Hopefully my role will help turn this world-changing dream into a tangible reality.Rob's partnership with us will be a great opportunity to develop our collaborative, remote video editing methods to leverage the collaborative production power of our global support community.