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|Born||Richard Martin Cowan
February 7, 1956
|Alma mater||Washington State University (BA, MS)|
|Occupation||CEO and Co-Founder, North by Northwest Productions
Rich Cowan (born February 7, 1956) is the 2012 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington's 5th congressional district. He is also an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He co-founded North by Northwest Productions, a video and film production company based in Spokane, Washington. After starting the company in 1990 with a group of partners, he served as its CEO for 22 years, launching the movie industry in the Inland Northwest and producing more than 40 feature films.
Early life and education
Rich Cowan was born in Spokane, Washington to George and Betty Cowan. His father served in the United States Air Force, and his mother was a school teacher. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, cum laude, and a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition. While in Pullman, Cowan worked as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician, living in the firehouse for six years. Cowan earned his pilot's license in high school and worked as a pilot in Alaska while in college.
Cowan's career in media began in 1979 at Spokane television station KHQ-TV, the local NBC affiliate, on its PM Magazine show. He eventually became the station's Community Affairs Director. In 1989 Cowan produced the TV documentary about then-Congressman and House Majority Leader Tom Foley, titled "The Gentleman from Washington." Cowan spent a week with Congressman Foley taping the video and gathering interviews with colleagues such as House Minority Leader Robert Michel, Rep. Leon Panetta and Senator Dan Evans. Cowan won two Emmy awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences while with KHQ.
North by Northwest Productions
Cowan co-founded the video and film production company North by Northwest Productions in 1990. The company originally specialized in commercial and industrial video production, but quickly began expanding its business. The company now contains five separate divisions as well as a studio in Boise, Idaho. In 1995, North by Northwest produced its first feature-length film. Following on that success, the company produced its first breakout movie, "The Basket," in 1999. Cowan directed, produced, and co-wrote the feature which won several awards, including Best of the Fest Family/Children from the Breckenridge Festival of Film, Directors Gold Medal Award from the International Family Film Festival, and Best Family Movie of the Year from the Movie Guide Awards. He has since been involved with over 40 additional feature film projects, including producer credits on Lies and illusions, Norman, and Camilla Dickinson.
In February 2012, Cowan announced his candidacy for Washington State's 5th Congressional District. In May, he received the official nomination from the Washington State Democratic Party for that seat. Since 2005, the 5th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican.
Rich Cowan has been involved in over 40 feature film products.
|1996||Navajo Blues||Yes||Yes||Supervising Producer, North by Northwest; Unit Production Manager|
|1997||Laws of Deception||Yes||Editor|
|1998||Matter of Trust||Yes||Editor|
|Mel||Yes||Yes||Executive Producer, Post-Production Supervisor|
|2000||The Giving Tree||Yes||Unit Production Manager; Production Coordinator|
|2001||Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton||Yes||Executive Producer|
|2003||The Big Empty||Yes||Line Producer|
|2004||The Making of the Passion of the Christ||Yes||Yes|
|The Spider Wrangler: The Spiders of Hangman's Curse||Yes|
|Frank Peretti: From Page to Screen||Yes|
|Shadow of Fear||Yes|
|2005||Mozart and the Whale||Yes||Executive in Charge of Production|
|The Cutter||Yes||Executive in Charge of Production|
|2006||The Choke||Yes||Producer, Executive Producer|
|End Game||Yes||Executive in Charge of Production|
|Home of the Brave||Yes||Production Executive|
|A Thousand Years of Good Prayers||Yes||First Assistant Director|
|The Family Holiday||Yes|
|2009||Give 'Em Hell, Malone||Yes||Yes||Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager|
|Lies & Illusions||Yes|
|Falling Up||Yes||Executive Producer|
|Wrong Turn at Tahoe||Yes||Yes||Unit Production Manager|
|Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!||Yes|
|Late Autumn||Yes||Executive Producer|
|The Ward||Yes||Yes||Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager|
|The Big Bang||Yes||Yes||Executive Producer, Unit Production Manager|
|The Hit List||Yes||Yes||Actor (Uncredited)|
|The River Murders||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Camilla Dickinson||Yes||Executive Producer|
|Knights of Badassdom||Yes||Executive Producer|