Richard Schlesinger (filmmaker)
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Richard Schlesinger is an American-born screenwriter, director, and producer of feature films and television.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, he was graduated from Brown University and studied at the University of Paris.
Often drawn to political subjects, Schlesinger conceived and wrote the two-part Iraq War mini-series Djihad for Canal Plus, in France, along with director Felix Olivier. The pair also collaborated on the gritty social drama, All Night Bodega, which won multiple prizes at festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Lyon.
Schlesinger went to Macedonia during the Kosovo War to produce the award-winning children’s television series, Nashe Maalo (Our Neighborhood). Created by Sesame Workshop, the half-hour drama used stories showing non-violent conflict resolution to help bridge ethnic divides among the youth of the Balkans. Schlesinger also directed the pilot episode.
In 2008, Schlesinger co-produced the political thriller Traitor, directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, shot in France, Morocco and Canada. He also produced three sci-fi movies in Toronto. Titles include Descent, Swarmed, and Solar Attack.
Schlesinger’s other producing credits include Captive, Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart, Clover and four TV movies for Hallmark Entertainment. He also produced the television series The Black Stallion and Crossbow in France.
Schlesinger directed four episodes of the series Crossbow, then went on to direct Terence Hill in Lucky Luke, based on the French comic book character, produced for Berlusconi’s ReteItalia and shot in Santa Fe, NM.
Schlesinger also spent a number of years writing youth-oriented family films for Canadian producer Rock Demers’ La Fête Productions, including Daniel and the Superdogs, Regina and Summer with the Ghosts.
- Traitor - Co-producer 2008
- Djihad - Writer 2006
- Solar Attack - Executive Producer 2006
- Swarmed - Executive Producer 2005
- Descent - Executive Producer 2005
- Daniel and the Superdogs - Writer 2004
- Summer with the Ghosts - Writer 2004
- All Night Bodega - Writer 2002
- Regína - Writer 2001
- Nashe Maalo (Our Neighborhood) (series) - Producer 1999
- Captive - Producer 1998
- Clover - Line Producer 1997
- Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart - Line Producer 1994
- Lucky Luke 2 - Director 1993
- Braxton - Producer 1989
- Crossbow: The Movie - Line Producer 1989
- Crossbow (series) - Director/Producer 1988