Emmy Award-Winning Producer and Director Robert Frye ’64 will return to campus to screen and discuss his film, “In My Lifetime.” The film showing and discussion will take place on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
An official selection in The Global Peace Film Festival, Frye’s film is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the 65-year struggle to find solutions on how to dispose of and reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world. Weaving together voices from many perspectives, with scenes filmed in Japan, Europe and the United States, along with archival materials and animation, the film is meant to be a wakeup call for humanity. The film is intended to help the viewer develop an understanding of the complex realities surrounding nuclear weapons and, hopefully, to help them move towards a way of resolving this issue.
In an article on Oct. 13, 2011, The Lakeville Journal quoted Frye as saying that it was “his generation’s obligation to talk about nuclear weapons, to make clear the unspeakable damage they have wrought and their potential to end life entirely on this planet.”
“I believe people can do something about this. My role here is to stir people’s imagination. And as the only country to have used nuclear weapons, we are obliged to act. It’s about responsibility; it’s about what this country stands for and what this country means to the world,” he said.
In addition, on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, Frye will meet one-on-one with students interested in careers in media and filmmaking. Students interested in scheduling a meeting with Frye should contact the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development.
With more than four decades of experience in documentaries and network news programs, Frye has been an independent documentary producer and director since 1988. Since then, Frye has completed more than 20 documentaries. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Frye had a 14-year career at ABC News, where he was the founding executive producer of “ABC World News Tonight” with Peter Jennings, the executive producer of “Good Morning America” and the creator of “World News This Morning.“
While serving as the Washington bureau chief, Frye helped to establish the news syndication service Television News, Inc., which was a forerunner of CNN. During his tenure with “World News Tonight,” the broadcast was awarded an Emmy, Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton and Headliner for a 10-part series which he created called “US-USSR: A Balance of Powers.“
In addition to his media career, Frye served for two years as the president and chief executive officer of Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, the third largest auction house in the world. In 1998, he was appointed to a year-long term as a fellow at the Media Studies Center of the Freedom Forum in New York City. From 2001 to 2008, he was a fellow at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University where he created and taught a series of seminars titled “Culture, Conflict and the Media.”
In addition to his Emmy, Frye has been the recipient of two Dupont-Columbia Silver Batons, the Peabody Award, the George Polk Award, the Christopher Award, a Rockie Award from the Banff Film Festival, a Golden Hugo from The Chicago International Film Festival, a Headliner Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and two CINE Golden Eagles, as well as Gold and Silver Plaques from the Chicago International Film Festival’s INTERCOM. Additionally, he received the German-American Friendship Award, presented by German Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Ischinger. Frye has been a member of the Producers Guild Association since 2005.
Frye attended Hobart, where he studied history and political science, before going on to complete a year at Columbia University’s School of General Studies in New York City.