Robert Tinnell

Robert Tinnell

Robert Tinnell


Robert Tinnell is a writer/director/producer with experience in a variety of media. Tinnell’s initial claim to fame was as a producer on the notorious cult classic “Surf Nazis Must Die” and as a producer of music videos, including the classic MTV Award winner, “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul.

As time passed, he became better known for his work as a director and screenwriter on feature films including “Kids of the Round Table,” “Frankenstein and Me,” and “Believe,” as well as the writer of upcoming productions like “Sacrifice” for Cross Creek Pictures, “The Living And The Dead” for Avenue Pictures and “Sight Unseen” for Cartel Entertainment. He adapted for Anthony Bourdain’s novel, “The Bobby Gold Stories” for Anonymous content and “The Three Godfathers” for Solipsis Films.

Tinnell has been equally successful creating commercial and image campaigns for a variety of clients (among them Florida Gulf Coast University, Kawasaki, Clearasil, Total Gym), garnering both awards and critical acclaim, including work that was featured on the cover of Adweek. He is particularly proud of his current work on behalf of West Virginia Tourism’s REAL campaign.

His WV-based production company, Allegheny Image Factory, produces or production services a variety of commercials, image films, music videos, documentaries, television shows and feature films, among them “The Hunted,” “Child of God,” “Fly Rod Chronicles,” and the WV-centered Civil War web-series 1863. 

Most recently he was a producer on Josh Stewart’s searing dramatic study of the prescription pill epidemic, “Back Fork.” Outside of the film industry, Tinnell is a well-respected graphic novelist, known for such works as “The Black Forest,” “The Wicked West,” “Sight Unseen,” “Flesh and Blood,” and the Eisner Award-nominated “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” He is currently in post-production on a feature-length documentary on kids and horror movies called “That S#!+ Will Rot Your Brain” featuring Joe Dante, Zacherle, and Billy Bob  Thornton among a host of others.