About: Robert Caudy
Rob took over 20 years to complete his first screenplay, and since then he has been very busy. As an undergrad, he attended Columbia University in New York City, studying Political Science and Film Studies. After a short stint in L.A. as a grunt on Final Decision (1997) and Usual Suspects (1995), Rob returned to New York and went to Wall Street. After a 14-year "sabbatical" as a broker, hedge funder, and executive for Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and J.P. Morgan, Rob left the industry to pursue his love of film. He was accepted in Columbia University's prestigious 5-year film program, graduating with an MFA in Screenwriting.
An award-winning filmmaker, Rob has had successful film festival runs as a writer/director with several projects, including The Baptizm of Joshua Cohen (2013) and Danny Needs a Job (2015) with Tony Darrow (Goodfellas, Analyze This, The Sopranos) and Anthony Gallo (Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist). Rob recently sold his newest feature film to a US producer and optioned another to an international producing team. His scripts have advanced in several festivals, including Austin Film Festival, Sloan/Sundance, and Nicholl. As a Teaching Assistant at Columbia University, he organized and instructed students in the famed Script Analysis class, working with the brilliant story structure analyst and author David McKenna, and later with Christina Kallas, the screenwriting juggernaut, President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE), and author of the bestselling Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure.
Rob was a script reader and wrote recommendations and script coverage for the Sundance Film Festival and the festival's prestigious Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, in addition to dialogue rewrites and story analysis for several production companies and producers. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at SUNY.
Rob grew up in New York, and currently splits time between Manhattan and Arlington, VA. He spends as much time as possible with his family, the "Caudy Girls:" Jennifer, Kaitlyn, Emily, Natalie, and Cadence. Rob hopes to eventually get another boxer dog that he insists will be a male.
In addition to his own work, Rob has been taught and trained by his mentors and professors at Columbia University, including:
Eric Mendelsohn, a feature film director and the only person in history to win the "Best Director" award at the Sundance Film Festival, TWICE.
James Schamus, 3-time Oscar nominee and founder of Focus Features, who wrote and/or produced over 50 films including Broke Back Mountain (2005) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
Academy Award nominee Jamal Joseph, who wrote the screenplays for Knights of the South Bronx (2005) with Ted Danson and Ali: An American Hero (2000).
The cinema genius, Andy Bienen, who wrote the screenplay Boys Don't Cry (1999).
Katherine Dieckmann, screenwriting guru and director of Diggers (2006) with Paul Rudd, writer/director of Motherhood (2009) with Uma Thurman, and writer/director of Strange Weather (2016) with Holly Hunter.
Nick Proferes, one of Elia Kazan's infamous cinematographers, and author of the best-selling book, Film Directing: Seeing Your Film Before You Shoot.
Rain Bahrani, writer/director, whose films have screened at the Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. His film 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern and was in theaters last year, and his latest film for HBO films, Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan is due out next year.
Andrew Sarris, one of the nation's most influential film critics and a champion of auteur theory.
Leon Falk, producer and former president of Orion Pictures.
Frank Pugliese, writer and showrunner for the Netflix series House of Cards.
David Klass, writer of the screenplay Kiss the Girls (1997) with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Ira Deutchman, the prolific producer and founder of Fine Line Features, who has over 150 film credits, including some of the most successful independent films of all time.