John Richie is a writer/director/producer based out of New Orleans. In 2004, he began his film career working in the camera department of many large Hollywood films like Factory Girl and Bug. John found his passion in documentary filmmaking in 2006 working on Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke, the 5 part HBO series about Hurricane Katrina’s affect on the people of the Gulf South. Shortly after this experience, John embarked on making his own films centered on social justice issues with a focus on gun violence and policy.
He began his first film Shell Shocked in 2009. This poignant film looks at gun violence in New Orleans from the perspective of the youth who are most affected by this epidemic. It aired nationally on PBS’ series America Reframed in February of 2015. The film continues to be used as a training tool for law enforcement, teachers, and organizations that work with teens. His newest film, 91%, is being released this year through The Cinema Guild. 91% examines Americans overwhelming support for comprehensive background checks on all gun sales, Congress’s failure to pass any meaningful legislation to date, and how it affects our public health.
This work has led John into working on projects with the Sierra Club, City of New Orleans, and The Louisiana Endowment for The Humanities. He’s known for his ability to bring honesty in the telling of difficult stories while maintaining the integrity of the people and the truth.