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Robert Orlando
For 20 years Robert Orlando has brought his cinematic vision to the screen, beginning with his 1988 mesmerizing film "See Her Run," which represented the School of Visual Arts and New York University at the Tel Aviv Film festival. For several years after, he worked as a freelance editor, cinematographer and director in New York City, completing his first documentary "La Famiglia" and eventually starting Nexus Media, writing, directing and editing spots for clients like Merrill Lynch and Harley Davidson.

As a screenwriter, Orlando's many finished scripts included "The Road," later featured in William J. Phillips' Writing Short Scripts. In 2001, Orlando wrote and directed his debut feature "Moment In Time," winning several awards and earning him a chance to work as a writer and editor on the black comedy Choose Life with Peter Dobson and other notables. He has also adapted the works of writers like Mark Helprin, Jonathan Lethem and Charles Ardai.

As a response to the controversy over Mel Gibson’s "The Passion," in 2005, Orlando launched his own controversial documentary "Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe" a groundbreaking film (and book) that would combine his filmmaking with his life long study of the Apostle Paul and early Christianity. After 8 years of research, it was released with Cinedigm on DVD April 15th, 2014.

He is currently working on a documentary Silence Patton that investigates how the "silencing" of George S. Patton prolonged World War 2, allowed a start to the Cold War, and what role his curious death Dec 21st 1945, might have played in the politics of post war Europe.

Orlando continues to write scripts including one on Apostle Paul, The Coming Kingdom, and is developing his war epic, "The Road to Valor," that explores the famous massacre of Teutoburg, leading to the fall of Rome. He hopes to launch his Supernatural Thriller, to be shot in NYC 2015.

Orlando, born and raised in New York, lives with his family in Princeton, N.J, but travels often to LA.

Entries by Robert Orlando

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:29 PM


Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today? For many "bible believers" the answer would be, because God gave us the Bible, duh? Bible studies on Monday and Wednesdays, Bible...

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'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:12 AM

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise of this formidable military genius. On a war-torn, two-lane highway in Mannheim, Germany, Patton's car was struck on December 21, 1945 by a two-ton Army truck...

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Apostle Paul: Bribes, Bids, and Betrayals in the Bible?

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 2:36 PM

The main controversy over my recent film Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe, (and my book of the same name) is the use of the word "bribe" in the subtitle. I understand that for many Christians, the books published over the...
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F.C. Baur, the Nosferatu of New Testament Critical Studies?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:37 PM


Over the last few decades, whenever the notion of a harmonious Christian beginning has been challenged by a look at the conflict between the apostle Paul and James (or Peter), the brother of Jesus, there seems to have been a readily available "how-to-manual"...

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Reza Aslan's, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

(7) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 11:18 AM


Writer and Scholar Reza Aslan's new book, Zealot, attempts to peel back 2,000 of Christian theology to reveal a very human Jesus living in radical political times. The author's source material is familiar to scholars; however, for this reviewer, at times it was interpreted...

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A Polite Bribe: An Apostle's Bid to Save a World Religion

(324) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM

How does a sickly, poorly spoken, religious man become one of the most influential figures in Western history? An outsider without crown or sword who decided how we should make love and war and believe in God? If you asked Paul the Apostle...
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Reza Aslan's Zealot: Religious Extremism Then and Now

(102) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Reza Aslan, Muslim academic and commentator, has written a controversial book titled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which, thanks to a bungled interview by Fox News, is now number one on Amazon. As someone who has read the background texts and traveled some of the same...

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Was Jefferson for Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

(49) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 10:51 AM

During our recent 2012 partisan campaign, with its familiar bipolar rhetoric regarding religion, we inevitably heard calls upon Jesus and the Founding Fathers, the latter among whom Thomas Jefferson stands as the most towering figure. Curiously, he supported both political sides. And he left an historical record, one that can...

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Alan Segal, A Polite Tribute

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:29 AM

Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that suggests humanity's shared responsibility (with the Creator) "to heal, repair and transform the world." I've always thought of the world as divided by two kinds of people: those that respond to needs with advice and words, and those who lend a hand. Alan...

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Man Does Not Live by God Alone

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 2:26 PM

We see money in politics, in marriage and on the news, but it is still surprising that we find the suggestion so scandalous that there was money in early Christianity, something I suggest in my documentary "A Polite Bribe."

Most conservative scholars will view the money transaction through a...

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'Paul and Jesus': How the Apostle Paul Transformed Christianity

(17) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Deep into the editing process of my film, "A Polite Bribe," the story of how Paul became the Founder of Christianity, through his "Collection," James Tabor sent me his latest Book, "Paul and Jesus."

Tabor is Chair of the UNC Charlotte, Religious Studies department, and well known...

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Who Was the Apostle Paul's Thorn?

(31) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Several times in Paul's writings He was forced to exaggerate his role as Apostle; no better example exists than his claim to have been "taken to heaven" where he received his famous "Thorn in the Flesh."

"And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations...

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Yes, James the Brother of Jesus!

(17) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Before our recent screening of "A Polite Bribe" at Philadelphia's Landmark Theater, amid the storm of Sandusky scandal, I was confronted again by the real differences between Protestant and Catholic perspectives.

Though "A Polite Bribe" is the story of how Paul founded Christianity and the "bribe" that...

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A Polite Bribe: Paul's Final Journey to Jerusalem

(10) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Headed for Judea, in 58 A.D., Paul begs the church in Rome to pray that the "unbelievers" (non Christian Jews) do not assassinate him and that the Jewish Christians accept his collection of gold. In...

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Jesus, Paul, Sex and Family Values

(67) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 9:17 PM

First and foremost Jesus was a Messiah, an apocalyptic Jew, a king to be -- like Caesar. As one Gospel tells us, a Man who "brought a sword, not to unite, but to divide brother with brother." His words reflect this battle and God's reign, and like the Apostle Paul,...

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Jesus and Paul: Figurehead and Founder of Christianity

(481) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 4:14 PM

For the past 200 years, after holy writ was placed under the microscope of modern science, an alternative view has espoused Jesus as the figurehead and Paul as Christianity's true founder.

Figurehead is a tricky word, but an accurate one, for if we accept Jesus as the historical figure --...

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Paul and the Ghost of Christian Past

(19) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 11:30 AM

As the Christmas holiday descends upon us and the streets fill with festive symbols and music, we are reminded of the stories of old, those with divine encounters in the form of visions, angels or even ghosts.

We only need consider the ghosts of "A Christmas Carol," or Clarence the...

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A Polite Bribe: A New Narrative For Paul And The Early Church?

(1992) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 8:02 AM

The Apostle Paul was, for much of his life, an abject failure who never knew the success of his Christianizing mission. From his letters, written 50-60 A.D., we know that most of his relationships deteriorated in the midst of his overbearing personality, Jesus' original 12 disciples could hardly tolerate the...

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