Rob Tregenza is a writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. He has written, directed, and photographed three independent feature films that have each screened at the Cannes Film Festival under “Un Certain Regard,” and the Berlin Film Festival under “Panorama.” Over the years, these films have also appeared at festivals such as Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, and Edinburgh. He received his PhD from UCLA and his most recent film Gavagai was shot in Norway in 2015.
Tregenza’s directorial work has been positively reviewed in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times by prominent critics such as Vincent Canby, Dave Kehr, Jonathan Rosenbaum, and Roger Ebert. In 1999, a retrospective of his feature films was shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Perhaps the highest recognition of Tregenza’s work comes from one of the most important European directors of the 20th century, Jean-Luc Godard, who hand selected Tregenza’s Talking to Strangers to screen at Toronto in 1996. Godard describes passages in Tregenza’s films as: “remarkable and at times astonishing, that is, softly imbued with the marvelous.” He further explains that in Tregenza’s cinematic world, “reality walks hand in hand with fiction.” The essay “Cinq Lettres a et sur Rob Tregenza” (Five Letters to and About Rob Tregenza) may be found in the book Jean-Luc Godard: Documents, published in 2006 by the modern and contemporary art institution Le Centre Pompidou.
In addition to feature filmmaking, Tregenza’s award-winning career as a television commercial director and cameraman for clients such as IBM, DuPont, CSX, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and numerous non-profits; as well his cinematography work for other independent filmmakers such as Bela Tarr and Alex Cox, has allowed him to have shot extensively in Africa, South America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Spain and the United Kingdom.