Lauded actor/filmmaker Robert X. Golphin has shared the screen with the likes of Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington. But the Philadelphia native considers his latest role just as thrilling. He will serve as film instructor for the second year at the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre Film Camp July 8-12 at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road.
“I’m beyond excited to return to RSCT,” Golphin said. “You think you’re teaching (the campers), but they are also teaching you. Their creativity is limitless, and it shouldn’t be any other way. It’s our job as creatives and adults in general to make sure our youth feel seen, understood and nurtured. We must help them find and/or feed their passion.”
Golphin has been praised by Academy Award winners and nominees, and won awards from film festivals and screenwriting competitions. His acting credits include “The Great Debaters,” “The Underground Kings,” HBO’s “The Wire,” “Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues” and “The Storm: A Pop Rock Musical.” He can also be seen in the digital series “#ThatMoment” and Julie McKnight’s “The Counterparts.”
Golphin's recent directorial works include the digital series “Voice of Majesty,” which centers on a group of young aspiring artists who find themselves in the home of famed American contralto Marian Anderson.
Golphin honed his artistic skills at Cinekyd, a now-defunct communication arts complex for youth in Willow Grove, Pa. “I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for that place,” Golphin said. “They not only let, but required kids to touch and explore very expensive film and video equipment.”
Golphin currently mentors a high school intern filmmaker and is also eager to give back to children, ages 8-14, at RSCT. The young filmmakers will gain experience in front of and behind the camera, and work in teams to write and produce their own original short films. Golphin will give them a crash course in the necessary skills, professional terminology and the importance of collaboration.
The weeklong film camp will culminate Friday, July 12, with an afternoon film festival that features work made by, for and/or about the campers. Golphin will be on hand to help introduce the filmmakers. To learn more about Golphin, visit his official website: www.robertxgolphin.com.