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About Richard

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IMDB links:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1103773/
http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1103773/

Film Credits:
1. 'The Chosen Few', feature-length psychological thriller, produced by I VU Pictures. Writer and Co-Producer
2. “The Counting House”, feature-length psychological horror, produced by RAI Cinema, Italy. Writer. A writer-for-hire project.
3. “The Tricks of Love, a feature-length romantic comedy by Mutressa Movies. www.mutressamovies.com
4. “The Obedient Son”, short, war drama, Liberty Studios.
5. “I Scream”, short, dark comedy. Late Bloomer Films. Writer and Director. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOYj-NUo-R8
6. “Walking With the Enemy”, writer, Liberty Studios
In Pre-Production
Mondo Motion Pictures shooting “Made in France” a bittersweet love story. shooting in Paris. 2013. Writer
Produced Plays
“The Impeachment Trial of George W. Bush,” San Francisco, May 2008.
Awards:
1. “The Tricks of Love”, Best Picture, Monaco International Film Festival, 2008
2. “The Chosen Few” Award of Excellence-Feature Category, Berkeley Film Festival, 2002; Official Selection Vancouver Island Film Festival, 2002
3. Chesterfield Writers Awards – Semi-Finalist
4. New Century Writers Awards – Finalist for “Young Love”
5. “Bedroom City” Official Selection for IFP Market 2006, No Borders Section.
Education, Training and Background:
B.A. University of Virginia, Double Major in English Honors and Russian Language and Literature
Postgraduate work, UCLA, Russian Studies
Robert McKee’s Story Structure graduate
John Truby’s Screenwriting graduate
Author of two books, (Great Vegetables From the Great Chefs and Great Desserts From the Great Chefs, for Chronicle Books. (under the pseudonym Baba S. Khalsa), numerous articles for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Food and Wine Magazine

Credits

  • Made in France

    Made in France (2019)
    Film (Romance) Writer 1955, Paris. Mischievous 13-year old Cookie falls in love with Lucienne, 25, a ravishing prostitute, who is controlled by her vicious boyfriend/pimp Jules. Lucienne sets the financial bar so high, Cookie cannot possibly come up with the money. Yet when he does, she refuses him because he is not a man. When that day comes, he saves her from Jules and they make love. But when Cookie is given the opportunity to go to America, she tells him she no longer loves him. But in reality, she knows she would hold him back. Years later, he returns to her side as she is dying and learns the truth. But by then, it's too late. Written by Richard Lasser

  • The Flight

    The Flight (2018)
    Film (Drama) Writer

  • Walking with the Enemy

    Walking with the Enemy (2013)
    Film (Action, Drama, History, Romance and 1 More) Writer A powerful new film inspired by a true story. This feature follows the heroic lives of a world leader and a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Both men are from Hungary--a country and German ally that had been spared the atrocities orchestrated by Hitler throughout much of Europe. As the war reaches its climax, Germany begins to doubt the loyalties of the Hungarian leadership-in particular Regent Horthy (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley). The Regent tries to navigate his country between the growing terror of Nazi Germany and the oppressive threat of communist Russia. He is ultimately faced with ceding power to another political party or accepting the execution of his son. As the crisis unfolds, thousands of his citizens are forced underground or put into ghettos. One of them is a young man named Elek Cohen (Jonas Armstrong) who is separated from his family and determined to find them. Aided by the woman he loves (Hannah Tointon), Elek disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer ... Written by Liberty Studios

  • Shift of the Ages

    Shift of the Ages (2012)
    Film (Documentary and Drama) Writer Add a Plot »

  • The Adventures of One eskimO

    The Adventures of One eskimO (2008)
    Video (Animation and Short) Writer One eskimO and Little Feather live peacefully in their igloo home, until one evening they are torn apart by a dark force known as Mr. Top Hat. Our forlorn eskimO mopes around, pining for his lost love, imagining that she has left him. It's through the help of a wise and brave owl he learns that she is in great peril. With only a knapsack and an enduring love, One eskimO sets out with his band of animal friends on an epic quest to rescue her. Written by Anonymous

  • Tricks of Love

    Tricks of Love (2008)
    Film (Romance) Writer Dessi, a down and out young woman, is wasting her life away. One day a fashion photographer, Rex, notices her on an outing with his rival, Albert. Rex reluctantly accepts a bet that he can transform Dessi into a super-model. Dessi transforms herself from ugly duckling to swan -- only to learn she was the object of a bet. Written by Richard Lasser

  • I Scream

    I Scream (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Writer When Frank is selected for the last round in an ice cream recipe contest, he learns he's not only the only gay finalist, he's the only adult finalist. A homophobic mother and publicity-wary dairy president conspire to rig the contest. Written by Richard Lasser

  • The Counting House

    The Counting House (2007)
    Film (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Writer Four employees of Island Fisheries come to a sun-scorched, isolated island to negotiate fishing rights with the sullen, paranoid islanders who have good reason to be afraid. Soon after the arrival of the four, a mysterious force the islanders thought was chained forever in the dark basement of the foreboding old Counting House is once again on the loose, savagely killing its women. Caught in a power struggle between rival island factions over how to stop the killing, the mainlanders are jailed. They manage to break out, but with a vigilante mob on their heels, can they reach the boat in time? They do, only to confront the mysterious, terrifying force. Written by Richard Lasser

  • The Chosen Few

    The Chosen Few (2002)
    Film (Crime, Thriller and Drama) Writer John Roper, a disillusioned Vietnam Vet and ex-drug dealer travels through the Orient to get spiritual. He comes back, calling himself The Master, and becomes a charismatic spiritual leader, running a teen shelter in Hollywood. The Master rescues Melinda, a gang-banger on the run; Blake, a failed young artist; and Ariel, teen hooker; and brings them to his shelter along with other social rejects. The Master preaches his self proclaimed spiritual wisdom and eventually selects the most dependable (i.e. desperate) ones who undergo sexually-charged secret rituals and become the 'The Chosen Few'. When Blake is initiated, he agrees to abide by the three cardinal rules: share your spirit, body and soul with others; devote your life to saving homeless kids; and never leave unless the Master casts you out. As the story unfolds, Blake realizes that the Master seduces young devotees including Melinda and Ariel into ritualistic acts of sex. Blake falls in love with Melinda but the Master compels ... Written by Paula Dollarhide

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