Creative Work

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Here are a few of Rich’s favorite video productions

“Biography, Battles and Bernard”

Editor and co-producer of this two hour documentary tracing the extraordinary fifty-year career of Bernard C. Parks, former LA Police Chief and City Councilman. (2015)

“18 Miles”

Unique documentary-style oral history project combining family interviews with historical re-enactments. Produced with Alexandra Nichols. (2014)

“Bollywood Steps”

Producer and Director of this hour-long documentary – now available for purchase or rent at Amazon.com.  (2010)

“Freshi Reel: How to Make Movies”

Senior Producer / Writer  of this Video-On-Demand series for kids and teens. (FRESHI FILMS, LLC) (2008)

 “Whatever Happened to Andy Tark?”

Produced and Directed this half-hour improvisational comedy with comedian Andrew Tarr.  An experimental film.  (2007)

“O.S.I.”

Program promoting renovated Griffth Observatory – spoof in the style of “C.S.I.” (2006) (LOS ANGELES CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS)

“You Just Have to Do It”

Half-hour documentary featuring (insanely talented) teenagers competing in a performing and visual arts program sponsored by the Music Center of Los Angeles County. (2006)  (MUSIC CENTER OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY)

“Prescription: Suicide?”

Co-Producer with Robert Manciero / Full Vision Productions. This feature-length documentary profiles six young people impacted by the misuse of anti-depressant drugs.  Also Editor.  Premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Winner, Best Documentary, 2007 International Family Film Festival, Hollywood.

“My Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain”

Writer of this screenplay.  “Best Comedy Screenplay” at the 2005 International Family Film Festival.  This formed the basis for my novel of the same name.

“LA This Week”

From 2001 to 2004, Producer of this news magazine series  Aired regionally on PAX-TV. (2002, 2003 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards)

“Kafkaesque”

Co-Producer/Editor with Sven Berkemeier of this half-hour documentary profile of Egon Kafka, eccentric bus collector and distant cousin of Franz Kafka.  (Screened at film festivals worldwide; several  ‘Best Documentary’ Awards)

“Futurecool”

Writer with Stephen Roth of this screenplay.  “Best Science Fiction Screenplay” at the 2001 Santa Clarita International Children’s Film Festival.

“Building Hope”

Writer/Producer of this documentary exploring the impact of rebuilding a public housing project on the residents themselves. Nominated for a 2001 Los Angeles Emmy.  (LA HOUSING AUTHORITY)

“The Power of One!”

Writer/Director/Editor of this high-energy program promoting youth involvement in the voting process.  Winner, 2000 Los Angeles Emmy Award for Outstanding Programming for Children and Youth. (LOS ANGELES CITY CLERK)

“Lords of the Mafia”

Writer / Producer of two hour-long episodes of this documentary series on infamous figures in organized crime.  Included historical footage, interviews and re-enactments.  Aired on PBS nationwide. (2000) (ASSOCIATED TELEVISION)

“The Secret KGB-JFK Assassination  Files”

Segment Writer / Producer for this feature-length Turner Network Television ‘documentary’  (using the term very loosely!) (1999) (ASSOCIATED TELEVISION)

“TekTek” 

Writer/Producer/Director/Editor of this dramatic short film about a thirteen year-old internet-addicted boy;  distributed throughout North America by Direct Cinema, Ltd.  (1998)

“Chris Nichols: The Googieman”

Co-Producer/Director/Editor with Sven Berkemeier of this documentary on Southern California “Googie” architecture (for “Kulturzeit,” television series airing on 3SAT/Germany).  Also aired on PBS Station KOCE. (1997)

“A Community of Caring”

Editor for this program on community activism; 1998 Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.

“Simple Things:
Letters From Juvenile Hall”

Writer/Producer/Director/Editor of this documentary on juvenile offenders at Fresno County Juvenile Hall.  (1997)

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