Richard Shepard

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Richard Shepard was born, raised and lives in New York City. He attended NYU's film school but did not graduate because he failed his required science class. He is still awaiting his honorary degree. In the course of his career, Mr. Shepard has written, directed and produced five independent features, written numerous screenplays for the studios, directed Emmy-winning television and once fired Shelley Winters. Mr. Shepard's latest film, THE MATADOR, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis, will be released on December 23rd, 2005 by The Weinstein Company. The film, a black comedy, was purchased at the Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere. It subsequently had a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and was the opening night movie at the 2005 Deauville Film Festival. The spring of 2005 found Shepard directing the television pilot CRIMINAL MINDS for producer Mark Gordon. The show, starring Mandy Patinkin, was subsequently picked up by CBS for the 2005 fall season. Prior to that, Shepard wrote and directed the well-received indie thrillers OXYGEN, starring Adrien Brody and Maura Tierney, and MERCY starring Sam Rockwell and John Rubinstein. He also directed the romantic comedy THE LINGUINI INCIDENT, starring David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette, and MEXICO CITY, starring Stacy Edwards and Robert Patrick. Mr. Shepard also produced the 2001 Sundance Dramatic Competition entry SCOTLAND P.A., directed by Billy Morrissette. The film, starring James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Amy Smart and Andy Dick, was picked up and released by Lot 47 Films. Shepard also appears nude in the film as a streaker. This fact should not stop you from renting it at your local Blockbuster. For television, Shepard won the 1996 Monitor Award for single-camera directing of twelve episodes of AMC's REMEMBER WENN. THE ROYALE a children's television special he directed, was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also directed the USA cable flick CLASS WARFARE for producer Neal Moritz. Variety called it "a guilty pleasure." Shepard calls it something else. Richard Shepard is currently writing SPRING BREAK IN BOSNIA for Warner Independent Pictures and producers Mark Johnson and Scott Kroopf, which he hopes to direct next year.

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