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Richard Stephen Bell

Cinema Ed Films
Executive Director
Greater New York City Area
In his fifth year at the Austin Film Festival, Richard has been a Semi-Finalist, Second Rounder, Filmmaker and Reader. This year he took a break from reading scripts to write "It's All About the Beans," a fun, family feature that made it to the Second Round. Richard is also the Founder and Executive Director of CINEMA ED, a 501(c)3 non-profit film and media organization that focuses on using independent film as a teaching tool. Cinema Ed not only produces films, but provides professional skill training in filmmaking for students, particularly those at-risk, and shows them how to harness the storytelling power of today’s technologies in all of their classes. Cinema Ed also powers their Young Filmmakers track for film festivals to provide a broad platform for visibility of student films. In addition, they conduct FilmBoot24 weekend filmmaking boot-camps for high school students. They truly celebrate the unique vision and authentic stories told by today’s young filmmakers.

For more information on CINEMA ED, check out their website: www.CinemaEd.org

Richard is also a screenwriter and actor and is a Second Rounder at this years festival with his feature length script “It’s All About the Beans”. His feature screenplay, "Winkle", was a previous Semi-Finalist at the Austin Film Festival, and his feature screenplay, "Bean Sprout", was selected by the Nicholl Fellowships for Screenwriting as a Quarter-Finalist and as a Finalist by the Creative World Awards. In addition, his one-hour pilot script “Condor Construction” was a Quarterfinalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Richard has also written and starred in an award-winning short film, "Bartleby 2013", based on Herman Melville's short story, and was on the production team of last year’s AFF Short Film “Shy Guys” a hilarious new short film written and directed by veteran actor Fredric Lehne (Tallulah, Zero Dark Thirty, Men in Black, among many others) and starring 2016 Tony Winner Reed Birney (The Humans, House of Cards and many more). Richard’s acting exploits can be seen on television, in film, on stage and on the internet, where his performance as Paleontologist Andrew Vaughn in the Onion’s “Pervert Dinosaur” has over a million views.

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