Director Rob Nilsson

Production year 2009

Length 83min.

Country USA


Donatello is a gambler, but with a difference. He runs a pro-football pool with computer and cell phone but claims he doesn’t give advice or take money. If someone wins they are “free to make a contribution” to his web site. Concealing his real occupation from his wife, he works at night from the thirtieth floor of an unfinished luxury condo loaned to him by a friend. A knock on the door reveals Lydia, a beautiful call girl looking for someone else. Donatello fancies himself a feminist, Lydia a realist and through a long night of disguises and revelations they challenge each other. Sensual, provocative and unsettling, filmed in a refuge high in the San Francisco skyline, Imbued explores a dangerous terrain in America’s sexual no man’s land


Rob Nilsson
Rob Nilsson



Carol Richards, David Richards


Denny Dey, Rob Nilsson

Director of Photography

Mickey Freeman

Music by

Stacy Keach


Dan Gleich, Al Nelson


Aaron Brown


Stacy Keach, Liz Sklar, Michelle Anton Allen, Nancy Bower

Production company(ies)

David and Carol Richards, Citizen Cinema

Rob Nilsson

Born 1939, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA. San Francisco-based director. Nilsson and co-director John Hanson won the Camera d’Or at Cannes for Northern Lights. Nilsson won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance FF, for Heat and Sunlight, being the first American film director to win both awards. He is also the creator of the Direct Action style of digital filmmaking taught in the Tenderloin yGroup Actor’s Ensemble, San Francisco, and appeared in workshops conducted around the world. Nilsson is a pioneer in the techniques of video to film transfer, which led to today’s digital revolution. In 1985 Signal 7 was the first small format video feature to be blown up to film and distributed around the world. Chalk, his first feature with the Tenderloin Action Group (now the Tenderloin yGroup) a San Francisco inner city acting workshop, was featured in the Locarno and Toronto film festivals. It was voted one of the top films of the year by the Village Voice. Seven of Nilsson’s 9 @ Night film series, nine Direct Action digital features cast from the yGroup. In recent years retrospectives of Nilsson’s work have taken place at the Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, Chicago Institute of Art, Resfest, Seoul, Korea, Digital Talkies Festival, New Dehli, India, MOV Festival and Cinemanila, Manila, Philippines, Hong Kong IFF, and the Kansas City Filmmaker's Jubilee. Recent awards include the Ted M. Larson Award for “outstanding contributions to the film industry” from the Fargo IFF, the Indie Pioneer Award from the Kansas City Filmmaker’s Jubilee, a Filmmaker of the Year award from the Silver Lake FF, Los Angeles.


Northern Lights (1979), Signal 7 (1985), On the Edge (1986), Heat And Sunlight (1988), The Street (1989), Words for the Dying (1990), Choosing Success (1994), Chalk (1996), A Town Has Turned to Dust (1998), Winter Oranges (2000), Singing (2000), Stroke (2000), Scheme C6 (2001), Noise (2003) Attitude (2003), Samt (2004), Frank (2004), Security (2005), Need (2005), Opening (2006), Pan (2006), Used (2007), Go Together (2007), Presque Isle (2007), Imbued (2009), What Happened Here? (2011).

FILMS 2010