Richard is a film director and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. He was recently nominated for a 2019 Critics' Choice Documentary Award for his debut feature, For the Birds. He studied documentary filmmaking at Yale University, where he won the Lamar Prize, Yale's top film prize, as well as the Smith Arts Prize. He has spoken on editing and storytelling panels at DOC NYC and other festivals, was a 2016 IFP Documentary Film Lab Fellow and a recipient of Sony Pictures Classics' Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film.
FOR THE BIRDS (Feature Documentary, 2018) - Director, Producer, Editor, DP
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"Indelible... a psychological portrait that develops mystery the more it reveals" —Teo Bugbee, The New York Times
"Poignant," "surprising," and "consistently engrossing" —Allan Hunter, Screen International
"Deeply humanistic... it's a film not to be missed" —Noah Gittell, Washington City Paper
THE SURROUNDING GAME (Feature Documentary, 2018) - Editor
Richard recently edited The Surrounding Game, a feature-length documentary about Go, the oldest board game in the world. The film is directed by Will Lockhart and Cole D. Pruitt. The film is available now on Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. For more information, visit its website.
LIFE, ANIMATED (Feature Documentary, 2016) - Assistant Editor
Owen Suskind, an autistic boy who could not speak for years, slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. Using these films as a roadmap, he reconnects with his loving family and the wider world in this emotional coming-of-age story. Life, Animated is directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, and produced by Julie Goldman, Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms. Visit the website here.
✮ Winner, Directing Award, 2016 Sundance Film Festival
ART AND CRAFT (Feature Documentary, 2014) - Assistant Editor
When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con. Art and Craft is directed by Academy Award nominated Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, Co-directed and edited by Mark Becker. Available to stream on various platforms. Visit the website here.
✮ Shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award, Best Documentary
✮ Official Selection, 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
PREVIOUS SHORT-FORM WORK
"Precious and Unseen" (Short Documentary, 2011) - 9 min. - Director, Editor
"Precious and Unseen" tells the story of Indigo Blue, the former Buddhist chaplaincy at Yale University. The film explores the environment that Indigo Blue created for students, as well as the inherent problems of sustaining a Buddhist organization at a large private American university. The film was featured in Film Threat and The Yale Herald.
"Life in My Kitchen / Hands" (Short Documentary, 2012) - 2 min. - Director, Editor
A story of an unexpected goldfish. The film was featured in the Boston Student Film Festival, selected as one of only twelve short films from all of New England to be screened.