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Life & Work with Robert Bowden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Bowden.

Robert, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m originally from Queens, New York. I grew up in Hollis and 204 St., Queens in the ’80s around the corner from RUN DMC. I started my film career as a production assistant working with Roderick Giles, Darren Aronofsky, Bill Duke, Pooch Hall, Paul Nichols, Kimora Lee-Simmons, and Spike Lee, just to name a few. I found Christ in my late teens when my purpose was revealed to me. I wrote and created many short films that I believe speak to the average person on faith and how to walk in faith through this life we are given. Then God told me to move to Atlanta and start my own Film production company, E. Noble Filmworks LLC. The company is named after my Grandmother, Eula Noble, who practically raised me alongside my aunt, and mother. I admit I’m far from perfect and hesitated in pursuing such a task as film production, let alone speaking to people about having faith, but seeing Mr. Tyler Perry, encouraged and pushed me by being an example of what someone who resembles me can do. I realized that all I need to do is create it and God will do the rest.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has not been a smooth road, but I’m learning this is God’s plan and it’s not about me. My company is an extension of myself and as his vehicle to educate people on His kingdom. I have had to balance life and responsibility with my dreams to create films. Many people have come into my life and I have lost many people who were essential in my life which all have pushed back the progress to get to where I want to be. I often look around and feel like I should be further if I just would have done this or that, but I realize that I am just where God needs me to be. It is not meant to be in My timing it is meant to be done in God’s timing. So, I don’t stress if a location changes last minute, an actor falls through, etc… This is God’s plan.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Film is my passion, I respect the craft and made it my mission to advance the excellence of this visual medium by combining my love for the craft and my purpose, I am a Film Director and I have created a new genre of film. This is a point where films meet people where they are with a layman’s urban delivery and a positive spiritual message. As a director, I can direct any genre of film but where my passion meets my purpose I will deliver positive messages to people. Film has taken an interesting journey through the years and where there is “nothing new under the sun”, I believe that how you deliver a message makes a big difference. I am working on a film right now that will speak to the child in us all.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I do not believe in luck, I believe in “favor”. God has put me in many places that I should not have been placed in to meet many people that, if I remained on the streets of Queens, I would have never met. God has shown me a favor, I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing filmmakers, writers, producers, directors of photography, and production companies. I have been in rooms with some of my film heroes. And there is no real explanation for how a “boy from the streets of queens” ended up in these environments, but Favor! I do not even look at the pandemic as “bad luck”, I see that time has God giving me a favor to go after the promises that He has given me.

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Image Credits
1. E. Noble Filmworks logo 2. Robert Bowden and Roxzane T. Mims (f. Greenleaf) on set for ‘Stepping out on Faith’ 3. Wrap picture for, ‘Family Dinner’ 4. Robert Bowden and Antonio Moses are on set for ‘Stepping out on Faith’. 5. Robert Bowden directing a scene on the set of, ‘Family Dinner’ 6. Robert Bowden slates a scene on the set of, ‘Stepping out on Faith’. 7. Directing actors on ‘Family Dinner’. 8. Directing actors on ‘Stepping out on Faith’.

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