Hey, I'm Rick!

Berlin, Berlin

I'm an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany since 1990. I've made films about a wide range of subjects from the search for Lenin's head (The Book of Lenins, 1996, DokLeipzig), my ten-year high school class reunion in LA (Good Guys & Bad Guys, 1997, honorable mention DokLeipzig), the Bible-Belt Las Vegas Branson, Missouri (Heaven on Earth, 2001, IDFA, Fipa d'Or Biarritz), modern-day hillbilly musicians in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri (Homemade Hillbilly Jam, 2005, Hot Docs, True/False, Hot Springs), my father's baffling case of amnesia (Forgetting Dad, 2008, Special Jury Award IDFA, Grand Prize winner GZ Doc Guangzhou, True/False, Hot Docs, Full Frame), and unexploded World War II bombs in Germany (The Bomb Hunters, 2015). 

Currently I'm working on two feature documentaries: Mr. Greenfield and The Strait Guys (about two feisty American seniors who are trying to connect the US and Russia via a tunnel beneath the Bering Strait).

I'm an avid wooden bike fan, runner, father of five and sucker for adventures big and small. Wanna meet virtually or in person? Then drop me a line at info@ourmaninberlin.com. Thanks!

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Endless Light

Fairbanks Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning home, a bipolar woman attempts to decipher her brother's suicide through occult intervention with Alaska's wilderness.


This project got the green light!

Bar Flies

Bozeman Short
Comedy, Drama

A grad student who studies the alcohol consumption habits of sexually deprived fruit flies finds parallels between her study and love life.


This project got the green light!

As One

New York Short
Drama, Romance

Jill must put one foot in front of the other to move through her grief, and with connection she discovers that every mile has a story.


This project got the green light!


New York Short

At an engagement celebration, an ex-nihilo woman confronts the boundaries of loyalty when her affluent in-laws' secrets come to light.


This project got the green light!

Cheer Up, Charlie

New York Series

Charlie is your all-pep, piano playing, ponytail rocking white girl-next-door... but she's also your dealer.


This project got the green light!

Mr. Greenfield

New York Feature

Martin Greenfield survived the Holocaust to become America’s most-celebrated tailor. Now the presidential tailor is fighting for his legacy.


This project got the green light!

Forget Me Nots

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Thriller

In the wake of their parents' untimely death, twin brother & sister must reevaluate their relationship, or risk losing one another forever.


This project got the green light!

Don't Move

Austin Short

A woman sets out to pack up the home that has belonged to her family for generations--until the house decides it doesn’t want her to leave.


This project got the green light!

Sinked Up

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

Two women started as roommates. Then they fell in love. A story told from behind the bathroom door.


This project got the green light!

Shedding - a feature film

Los Angeles Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A cat who longs to explore the outside world transforms into a human and helps heal a broken family.


This project got the green light!


Denver Feature
Horror, Thriller

It's not just about survival. It's about a community.


This project got the green light!

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