Robert Sickels has been obsessed with movies since he saw Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at a Seattle drive-in when he was three years old. This fixation with all things cinematic ultimately led to his earning a PhD in film studies at the University of Nevada. He is a father, an independent filmmaker, a prolific writer & editor, a baseball junkie, a foodie, a semi-professional mixologist, hopelessly addicted to pop culture, and the founder of Big Whiskey Studios, which specializes in micro-documentary projects that emphasize engaging personal narratives.

Sickels' films have screened widely in the US and abroad, including on PBS and at the Ann Arbor, Cinequest, BFI London International, St. Louis International, Chicago International, New Orleans, and Sidewalk Film Festivals. He is also a Professor and the Director of the Film & Media Studies Program at Whitman College, where he teaches Film History and Filmmaking classes.
Official Selection
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Rochester International Film Festival
Rochester, NY
2020
Finalist, Best Experimental Film
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Humboldt International Film Festival
Arcate, CA
2020
Official Selection
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Cinequest Film Festival
San Jose, CA
2020
Honorable Mention, Experimental Film
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Short. Sweet. Film Fest.
Cleveland, OH
2020
Official Selection
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Spokane International Film Festival
Spokane, WA
2020
Best Experimental Film
Transit(ion)
Route 66 Film Festival
Springfield, IL
2019
Best Experimental Short Winner
Molasses & Lemon
Arizona Underground Film Festival
Phoenix, AZ
2018
Best Experimental Short Winner
Molasses & Lemon
Short. Sweet. Film Fest.
Cleveland, OH
2018
Finalist, Best Experimental Short
Molasses & Lemon
USA Film Festival
Dallas, TX
2017
Best Documentary Short
Seven Ways From Sunday
Big Mini Media Festival
New York, NY
2015
Achievement in Short Documentary
Seven Ways From Sunday
Williamsburg Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY
2015
Grand Jury Prize, Best Doc Short
Seven Ways From Sunday
Thin Line Film Festival
Denton, TX
2015
Chosen as one of the Best of Fest shorts
American Lawn
Northwest Filmmakers Festival
Portland, Oregon
2013
College
California State University at Chico
English/American Studies
19851993
College
University of Nevada at Reno
Film Studies
19941999
Birth City
Charmichael, CA
Current City
Walla Walla, WA
Hometown
Pleasanton, CA
"Don't roll in the mud with the pigs at night if you're not prepared to soar with the eagles in the morning." --Chuck Sickels