Bobby DownesDownes holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from California Polytechnic State University. In the early 1990’s, after a three year teaching stint in public education, Bobby spent much of the 90’s leading teams of missionaries into more than 20 countries as an ambassador.
Bobby has produced more than a dozen feature films for the faith market. Beginning in 1999, Bobby produced his first independent feature film The Moment After and its sequel The Moment After 2: The Awakening, both of which were acquired by Sony Pictures. Bobby produced Mercy Streets starring Eric Roberts and again worked with Roberts in SIX: The Mark Unleashed, starring Stephen Baldwin and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Both films acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures. He Executive Produced for producer Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic 4) on Frank Peretti’s best selling novel The Visitation distributed by 20th Century Fox, producing The Lost Medallion with Bill Muir, The Redemption of Henry Myers and Hoovey, the true life story of Eric Elliott. Bobby most recently Executive Produced Season 2 of The National Bible Bee Game Show which premieres on Christian Cinema in April 2017.
Downes’ most notable film was based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury: Like Dandelion Dust starring Academy-Award® winner Mira Sovino and Emmy Award Winner Barry Pepper was released by Twentieth Century Fox after winning more than 30 international film festival awards. Bobby collaborated on and helped bring the #1 New York Times’ best-selling novel The Shack to publication through Hachette Book Group, the worlds second largest publisher.
In 1999, Bobby founded ChristianCinema.com, now the largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved movies on the Internet. The company is the largest independent retailer of faith based movies in the U.S. The company specializes in title curation and consumer marketing of faith based movies and is respected in the industry as one of the leading key indicators for faith based movies. He led the company into one of 2010’s Inc. 5000 leading companies in America. In 2014, the company launched the first and only transactional video on demand platform for the Christian market. The platform powers retailers such as CBD and has apps available on iOS, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, Android and Roku.
During the last two decades, Bobby has been involved in every aspect from script development, financing, production, marketing and distribution worldwide in all formats.