Phil Richards

Phil Richards

Screenwriter and Photographer (Still)

Portland, Oregon

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October 2015
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About Phil

Writing has always come naturally for me; I was told as far back as the third grade that I had a talent for it. But despite this early recognition, I didn’t pursue writing seriously until fifteen years ago when I finally got it together and wrote three novels. It was a great experience, but it didn’t feel like what I was supposed to be doing.
Four years ago I began writing screenplays and so far I’ve put together four features and three shorts. The loglines can be found on my wall. I’m always working on something new, so watch this space for new projects.
I’m at home writing scripts, it just feels right to me. Probably because I’ve loved movies all my life. I spent a large part of my childhood sitting in front of a television, watching “I Love Lucy”, “The Untouchables”, “The Twilight Zone” and more. I spent a lot of Saturdays at the movie theater three blocks from our house watching everything from “The Fly” to “Sparticus”.
I’ve been fascinated for years by movie history. Not just the accounts of the actors, directors, screenwriters and other creative people who make the magic we see on the screen, but also the stories of the moguls who built the studios and invented the business of the movies that gave the artists the resources to invent a great art form.
I guess that’s what really drives me, wanting more than anything to be a part, however small, of that story. If there are a couple of sentences about me in a movie history book years from now, I’ll be happy. That’s really why I write.



  • Crawlspace (short)

    Crawlspace (short) Drama An unlucky home inspector who stumbles upon bodies buried in the crawlspace of a house has to find a way to escape, or become the next corpse hidden under the house by the homeowner, a former drug cartel killer.

  • Room 8 (short)

    Room 8 (short) Drama A man on the run must struggle to separate delusion from reality when he’s forced to share his motel room for the night with a peculiar and enigmatic stranger.

  • Red Light Madonna (feature)

    Red Light Madonna (feature) Film-noir Los Angeles, 1956. An aggressive young prosecutor wants to know why the police were so eager to close the file on the suspicious death of a wealthy businessman. When his off the books investigation uncovers a link between that case and the murder of a young prostitute twenty years earlier, both his career and his life are endangered as he closes in on the murderer.

  • Murderdrome (feature)

    Murderdrome (feature) Action Drama A troubled World War One veteran on the run from his past (and a mob hitman) races his motorcycle on the treacherous board tracks of the 1920’s.

  • Roughneck Emperor (feature)

    Roughneck Emperor (feature) Drama Historical A ruthlessly ambitious farmboy connives his way to the top of the Oklahoma oil business during its early boom days.In the end, after years of backstabbing and dirty dealings, he must fight the enemies earned over a lifetime to hang on to his empire.

  • Drowning In Still Waters (short)

    Drowning In Still Waters (short) Drama An outcast teenager takes his revenge on the popular girl who’s tormented him for years.

  • Funny Story...   (short)

    Funny Story... (short) Drama A middle aged man encounters the woman he took on a disastrous date in high school and gives her an account of how that evening impacted his life. Let’s just say things have not gone well.


  • Standoff At Noreen's All Night Diner  (feature)

    Standoff At Noreen's All Night Diner (feature)
    Film (Crime) Writer In development.


  • "Red Light Madonna" - Second Round Finisher (feature) - Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

  • "Room 8" - Second Round Finisher (Short) - Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition

  • "Roughneck Emperor" - Quarter Finalist Zoetrope Studio Screenwriting Contest

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