This week we have filmmaker extraordinaire Rob Richert on the show to give us a nice overview of his career on his filmmaker, covering film festivals, directing philosophies and being ready to pivot your story based on casting. We also talk about being at the San Francisco Film Society Film House residency program and the benefit of having that kind of community and mentorship available to you.
Rob Richert is a filmmaker from Berkeley California that Alrik has known for quite some time and we are really excited to have him on this week. Here is a brief bio we stole from the San Francisco Film Society website.
Rob Richert (writer/director) graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 with a double major in Philosophy and Art Practice. In spring 2013, he earned an MFA at Columbia’s film program where his second film No One But Lydia won Faculty Honors. The film also received a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Diversity in the Arts Award at LADFF.
Rob’s debut short My Name Is Your First Love enjoyed a lengthy festival run at festivals including Telluride, Palm Springs and Ashland. It won three Best Short awards at Florida, SF Indie and Napa as well as inclusion on television in KQED’s program Film School Shorts.
Rob has worked in post-production directly under filmmakers Ramin Bahrani, Geoff Richman and Margaret Brown. Currently, he directs and writes commercials and is a professor of film production at Diablo Valley College.
Here is a list of screenwriting books that we talk about near the top of the discussion.
We then dive into Rob’s background in filmmaking, his time at Columbia, making his first two shorts and then we end with a discussion about his time at the San Francisco Film Society Film House.
My Name is Your First Love Trailer
No One But Lydia Trailer
American Paradise Trailer
Here is all Rob’s Contact info and links to all his films websites.
Rob’s Vimeo Page