Peter Richardson (filmmaker)

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Peter Richardson
Occupation Film director, cinematographer, editor, & producer
Years active 2006 - Present
Awards 2011 Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize: Documentary

Peter Richardson is an American documentary film director. A native of Philomath, Oregon, Richardson is a 1998 graduate of Philomath High School and attended University of Notre Dame on a scholarship.[1] After graduating from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production & Theory, Richardson moved to Los Angeles where he worked for a short time at a publicity company before moving back to Oregon to start work on his first film.[2] Richardson has directed two award-winning feature documentaries. His first film, Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.[3] The film was later aired on the Sundance Channel.[4] Richardson's second film, How to Die in Oregon, premiered on January 23 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to directing the film, Richardson also acted as cinematographer, editor, and producer on How to Die in Oregon. The critically acclaimed film went on to win the Grand Jury Prize in the US Documentary competition.[5] The film premiered on HBO on May 26, 2011.[6] Richardson was the cinematographer on Irene Taylor Brodsky's documentary short film, Saving Pelican 895, which aired on HBO on April 20, 2011.[7]


Year Film Role
2006 Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon Director, producer, & editor
2011 How to Die in Oregon Director, cinematographer, editor, & producer
2011 Saving Pelican 895 Cinematographer
2012 Doc Talk Director
2014 One Last Hug; Three Days at Grief Camp Cinematographer
2015 Belief Director
2016 Dark Net Director
2016 Speaking is Difficult Cinematographer


  1. ^ "Local film makes cut, heads to Utah for Sundance - News - The Daily Barometer". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  2. ^ "An Omug Interview: Peter Richardson, p2". 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  3. ^ "CLEAR CUT: Festivals". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
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  5. ^ Peter D. Richardson. "'How to Die in Oregon' takes top documentary prize at Sundance |". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  6. ^ "Documentaries: Home". HBO. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  7. ^ Roy Hoffman, Press-Register. "HBO oil spill documentary 'Saving Pelican #895' to be shown April 20 (with video) |". Retrieved 2011-07-14. 

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