Richard "RB" Botto

Richard "RB" Botto

Founder and CEO at Stage 32
Actor, Producer, Screenwriter and Voice Artist

Los Angeles, California

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About Richard

I am the Founder and CEO of Stage 32. I started my creative career as an actor in New York and moved into screenwriting and producing upon moving to Los Angeles. On the screenwriting side, I am represented by David Greenblatt of Greenlit Creative. A film based on my script, THE END GAME, is currently in development at Covert Media. My TV pilot, THE SALTON SINK is being produced by an Emmy award-winning producer and is currently packaged with A-list talent. I have 2 other features in active development and recently broke ground on a new screenplay for Zero Gravity.

As a producer my films have played at dozens of festivals including the Sundance award-winning feature, 'Another Happy Day', starring Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore and Kate Bosworth, written & directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson, the road trip thriller 'What Lies Ahead', starring Rumer Willis & Emma Dumont, the documentary 'Crutch' and the upcoming 'Rain-Beau’s End' starring Ed Asner and Sean Young. I am an Executive Producer on 'Vagic' with Amy Baer at Gidden Media and 'My Clone’s an A-Hole' with National Lampoon. I have also produced a variety of award-winning short films, including 'Metaphorms', a Hungarian production which screened at the Raindance Film Festival. I have also produced the popular online digital comedy series, 'Becoming Jiff', which was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

I am the author and audiobook narrator of 'Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd' which was published by Focal Press/Routledge under the American Film Market Presents banner and quickly became one of their best-selling titles. The book is currently being used as the curriculum for the very first film crowdsourcing class to be taught at a film school in the U.S. at the University of Central Arkansas. The book has garnered over 100 5-star reviews and has hit #1 in 6 different film and business related categories on Amazon and Audible.. It is available for Kindle and paperback at Amazon (https://amzn.to/38A5Sr1). The audiobook can be downloaded for free at Audible ().

For the last 9 years I have run Stage 32 (). Stage 32 is the world’s largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV & digital creatives and executives worldwide. Through Stage 32 I have helped incubate hundreds of film, TV and digital projects. Some recent notable projects include 'Chick Fight', starring Malin Akerman and Alec Baldwin, Kevin Connolly and Bella Thorne, produced by Yale Productions and Ramo Law, and '10-31', produced by Eli Roth and Orion Pictures.

As an actor, you can see me in 'On the Corner of Ego and Desire" which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival and is now available on Amazon.

I have been a teacher, mentor, moderator and panelist at such festivals, conferences and institutions all over the world including Cannes (France), Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, SXSW, Raindance (England), FEST (Portugal), Trinidad and Tobago, Hamburg (Germany), AFM, PGA, WGA, DGA, Columbia, Harvard, USC and more on the subjects of filmmaking, producing, screenwriting, independent film, entrepreneurship, business, social media, marketing, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.

Loglines

  • The End Game

    The End Game Thriller A down on his luck, street smart hustler finds himself unusually and suspiciously fortunate at a Las Vegas casino owned by a mysterious charmer with suspected mob ties and soon realizes that he may be a pawn in someone else's end game.

  • Irrelevant

    Irrelevant Comedy Drama After spending years in an alcohol and drug fueled haze, former A-list actor, Tom Satin, is ready for his triumphant return, only to discover no one gives a shit.

  • Rocket's Red Glare

    Rocket's Red Glare Drama When her unemployed and philandering husband won’t grant her a divorce, a kept housewife struggles to keep up appearances and protect her son’s innocence.

Credits

  • Metaphorms

    Metaphorms (2019)
    Film Producer

  • Dolphin Girl

    Dolphin Girl (2019)
    Film Producer

  • What Lies Ahead

    What Lies Ahead (2019)
    Film Producer

  • On the Corner of Ego and Desire

    On the Corner of Ego and Desire (2019)
    Film Actor

  • Becoming Jiff

    Becoming Jiff (2018)
    TV Series Producer

  • Taxii

    Taxii (2016)
    Film (Thriller and Short) Associate Producer The film is a thriller. The story begins when a girl is waiting at bus stop for a taxi to reach her home. She is troubled as she is not getting any taxi plus the darkness of that night is making her loose courage. The silence of that place and barking street dogs filled her with fear. All of a sudden she sees an old man approaching towards her with a wicked smile on his face. She is petrified and her heart starts beating fast. She wanted to run away but saw a taxi coming and feels better. She finally boards a taxi and is relieved now. But when the driver starts showing his true colors she goes through different emotions of fear and anger. It will be interesting to know what happens next with that girl. Written by Deep Dhudiya

  • All Things Hidden

    All Things Hidden (2013)
    Film (short) Executive Producer

  • Another Happy Day

    Another Happy Day (2010)
    Film by Mandalay Vision / Sam Levinson Associate Producer

  • Rain Beau's End

    Rain Beau's End
    Producer

  • Crutch

    Crutch
    Film (Documentary) Producer Add a Plot »

Awards

  • Sundance: Producer for Another Happy Day - Grand Jury Prize (Nominee), Screenwriting Award (Winner)
    (2011)

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