Rich Guay, Producer

Rich @ MontclairRich Guay is a New York based producer, screenwriter and teacher.

He has produced fifteen feature length films and documentaries and is currently the Vice President of East Coast Marketing and Sales for Entertainment Partners. He began his career as a production auditor for such filmmakers as John Sayles, Woody Allen, Mike Nichols and Jonathan Demme.

His first producing effort, which he also co-wrote, was TRUE LOVE. The film was the Grand Jury Prize Winner at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Picture. Guay produced DOGFIGHT starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor for Warner Bros. and followed that up by co-writing and producing HOUSEHOLD SAINTS starring Tracey Ullman and Lili Taylor. Ms Taylor won the Spirit Award for Best Actress and Guay was nominated, as co-writer, for Best Screenplay.

Guay produced the HBO film SUBWAY STORIES, a feature length anthology of short films by various directors including Jonathan Demme, Ted Demme, Abel Ferrara and Alison MacLean. His next film, THE 24 HOUR WOMAN, an original comedy he co-wrote and produced premiered at the Sundance Festival. The film stars Academy Award nominees Rosie Perez and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Next was GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Forest Whitaker. The film was an official selection to the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture.

In 2001 Guay produced the movie version of the hit one-woman show, RENO: REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE, winner of The Prize for Peace & Liberty from the City of Florence.  He followed that up with DIRT, an original feature that he co-wrote with Savoca. The film won Best Director at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival and Best Actress at La Cinema Fe in New York.  DIRT also won the top prize at El Cojo Festival in Madrid and the script was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Original Long Form Teleplay.

Guay was the co-producer of KINSEY, written and directed by Bill Condon and starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.  The film received four Independent Spirit Award Nominations including Best Picture and Ms. Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Recently he was the Associate Producer of SHUTTER shot entirely on location in Tokyo for New Regency

As a teacher, he has given master classes in producing in Colombia, Brazil and Argentina for the Motion Picture Association of America as well as at The University of Amsterdam’s Binger Institute, in Mumbai at Whistling Woods Film School, and in Jordan at The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, The International School of Film and Television in Cuba, Veritas University in Costa Rica and The German Film Institute. Additionally, he co-teaches Master Classes in Cinema Arts for National Young Arts. He has been an Artist-in-Residence in the MFA program at City College of New York, taught a Master Budgeting class at Columbia University’s MFA Producing program and taught at NYU’s graduate and undergraduate programs as well as at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is currently teaching a professional certification course in Production Accounting 101 as part of Entertainment Partners new program.

Guay has worked as a production executive for Orion Pictures, Film Finances, United Artists and New Regency. He has also worked as a Production Finance Consultant for a number of companies both domestically and internationally. His duties have included audits and assessments, creation of financial policies and procedures and training of production staff.

His latest feature, UNION SQUARE- starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard and Tony winner Patti Lupone premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opened theatrically.

Currently he is shooting EL GATO, a documentary on the life and music of jazz tenor sax legend Gato Barbieri as well as developing multiple feature projects.

 

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