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Conservatory of Performing Arts

John Rice

Senior Teaching Artist

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  • B.A., Film/Television Production, Penn State University

Courses Taught

  • Production I, II, III and IV
  • Intermediate Cinematography
  • Documentary Production Workshop
  • Advanced Cinematography
  • Special Topics


John Rice began his career in feature films working on George Romero’s zombie classic Dawn of the Dead. As director and director of photography, his commercial work has garnered Clio, Addy, Mobius and Art Director's Club awards. His work as director of photography for features and documentaries has been broadcast nationally on PBS, and screened at the Sundance Film Festival and numerous other film festivals around the world.

Recent work directed by Rice includes: Dumpster (winner of Best Drama/Comedy at The Indie Gathering Festival; winner of Best International Comedy–Mid Length Film at the Calgary Fringe Festival), Milk Crate (Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives, Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival), Mr. Pleasant (Three Rivers Film Festival) and The End Of Blessings (Selection of the Fourth International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece). He is a founding member and former programmer for Silk Screen, an Asian-American Film Festival. He frequently collaborates with Tony Buba on documentary projects. Ghosts of Amistad, In the Footsteps of the Rebels (Third place in the Documentary Feature category, Athens International Film Festival) came from their 2013 trip to Sierra Leone with historian Markus Rediker.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Affiliations

  • Silk Screen: Asian Arts & Culture Organization

Selected Artistic Works

  • Mr. Pleasant, Director, 2010
  • Milk Crate, Writer/Director, 2008
  • Dumpster, Director, 2005

Selected Awards

  • Best Drama/Comedy, Dumpster, The Indie Gathering Festival, 2006
  • Best International Comedy, Mid length, Dumpster, Calgary Fringe Festival, 2006
  • Best Drama Feature, Programmer's Award, Dumpster, 2006
  • Second Place, Feature, Dumpster, Secret City Film Festival, 2006
  • Silver Medal, Best Film Under 75 Minutes, Dumpster, Everglades International Film Festival, 2007
  • Honorable Mention, Mr. Pleasant, Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and Columbus International Film Festival, 2011
  • Honorable Mention, Best Ensemble Cast, Mr. Pleasant, L.A. Independent Filmmakers Showcase, 2012

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