This week's Awesome Person Thursday comes to us courtesy of Lenny Schwartz, who you all may remember directed my show BETH in November. Take it away Lenny!
I am honored to write this piece about awesome person Thursday about the director of my next film Richard Marr-Griffin. You may not know Richard, but you should. He is the director of past family fun fare as The Disco Exorcist, Exhumed, and Nun Of That. I know a lot of New York City people read this blog but Richard is from Rhode Island.
Richard and his company, Scorpio Film Releasing, produce independent films. His Company comprises of his partner and producer. the wonderful Ted Marr and producer Kristin Kayala, He works smart and fast and they film and premiere one to two features a year. Nine out of the last Nine films they produced together went on to get worldwide distribution. Richard is on of the last guys out there slugging it out in the trenches trying to tell the stories he feels needs to be told. And I admire the hell out of him for it.
Richard also does in the film world something I strive for in the Theatre world: New works. Opportunities for actors in a professional environment. Good, smart entertainment. One his Facebook page It reads the following as his job description: Director/Editor/First Among Equals at Scorpio Film Releasing, LLC. Yes, I stalk him. You can too! He is fun in his directing, prepared, intelligent, and extremely approachable and kind. But don’t tell him I told you that. And if you met him you could see that for yourself.
I was fortunate to have Richard and his team welcome me into writing their next feature, “Murder University.” Yes, it’s a horror film. In a time of endless remakes, reboots, sequels and retreads, We feel what horror really needs is to go back to school. Back to the basics. No CGI fakery, no tricks, no gimmicks. Just solid storytelling, a great cast, and a beautiful visual look.
Richard is directing and it’s been an invigorating fantastic process working with some amazing talent. Everyone in this film in full of enthusiasm. And they deserve the best film Richard can direct.
Here is the link to the Indiegogo page below. Please donate if you can. Anything is appreciated. There are prizes alongside the side of the page for each level of donation.
Richard has done many fantastic films. He will continue to do so I think until he can no longer hold a camera. And I look forward to seeing what he comes up with from here. Because for Richard? I think the best is still yet to come.