Graduate uses Comparative Lit to create award-winning films

“John Roberts was still completing his undergraduate degree when he became an award-making filmmaker.

Roberts majored in Comparative Literature and graduated from UWM in 2013. In 2009, he was the jury-selected winner in the Cream City Cinema section at the inaugural Milwaukee Film Festival for his film “Mary’s Friend.” Two years later, his film “The Wheel” won the audience award at the Milwaukee Film Festival, and after he graduated, he took the Cream City Cinema prize again for his film “Lemon.”

Today, Roberts works a day job doing motion design at a post-production house called Independent Edit, which provides animation, graphic design, visual effects and more for television, print, and radio advertising. Outside of work, he’s still creating films and is set to begin work on a feature-length film in September.