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Director | Director of Photography

Richard Bakewell grew up in Illinois and attended Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Cinematography.  After graduation Richard moved to Los Angeles to work as a Camera Operator on a daytime docu-reality drama entitled Starting Over, which won two Daytime Emmy awards.   Three years ago Richard also won a Primetime Emmy for his camera work filming HAIRSPRAY LIVE!

Richard has spent the last 17 years tenaciously working as a Director, and Director of Photography for commercials, branded content, narrative films, music videos, and documentaries.  Some of Richard’s latest can be seen on Netflix: Last Chance U Grass Is Greener, RACE FORWARD: Welcome To Raleigh, Catching A Serial Killer: Sam Little, and Colin Kaepernick vs. The World.

Richard founded LIGHTFORCE PICTURES in 2002, which specializes in all areas of film and video production.  The Rabbit Hole  is Richard’s 6th film and has won 5 awards and screened domestically and internationally at 25 Film Festivals.  Currently Richard is directing and producing a documentary called Living With The Silence, about families who have lost a child from police brutality, and currently in pre-production on a psychological Sci-Fi feature film called Roswell Delirium