The Baffling Filmography of Robert Shinn from Netflix’s 7M TikTok Cult Documentary

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Not much is publicly known about Robert Shinn, the elusive and mysterious founder of 7M Films and the pastor of Shekinah Church – as seen in Netflix docuseries Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult. Indeed, Shinn seems to prefer to stick to the background and let the talent assembled by his agency get all of the attention.

Founded by Shinn and son Isaiah Shinn, 7M Films is not the biggest talent agency in the world, or the most successful, but it might be one of the most viral. 7M traditionally has not been looking to boost working actors to new heights, but to tap into a talented community of self-motivated dancers, singers, musicians, and performers who have the skills necessary to go viral on TikTok with a little help from 7M. However, viral videos and brand partnerships aren’t Robert Shinn’s first attempt at getting a taste of Hollywood glory.

Shinn, who is believed to have grown up in Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto, established Shekinah Church in 1994, ostensibly as a way to enrich the lives of Korean and Korean-American people in California’s bustling Asian community. However, Shinn is far from a soft-spoken pastor; this is a man with big dreams, both for his church and for himself. Shekinah’s website boasts a goal of saving one billion souls, either directly or indirectly, by finding and teaching ordinary Christians into being “mighty generals of God.” Shinn also had the desire to turn himself into a Hollywood power player by using the lucrative income stream from his many side-businesses, like a real-estate business and a flower shop, to become a film producer.

The first of Shinn’s ventures into Hollywood was with Imaginating Pictures, which Shinn founded with his third wife Shirley Kim in 2008. Shinn and Kim jumped wholeheartedly into the low-budget movie game, producing films beginning with a short called Angry Asian Man in 2009, Their latest release (as of the time of this article’s publishing) is 2018’s Abducted starring Scout-Taylor Compton of Rob Zombie’s Halloween fame and Michael Urie of Ugly Betty fame. But that’s not what’s most eye-catching about Robert Shinn’s production slate.

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