Hi, I'm Michael.
I make movies.

Director, Writer based in Los Angeles, California

Contact:
michael@michaelrich.me

My Work


THE QUEUE

Horror, 11 min

An internet content moderator confronts the darkness within the videos he screens.

Winner:
-"Grand Prize" + "Best Writing", StokerCon's Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition

Official Selection:
-Beyond Fest
-Brooklyn Horror Film Festival
-HollyShorts
-FilmQuest
-Panic Fest
-A Night of Horror International Film Festival
-LA Shorts International Film Festival
-St. Louis International Film Festival

The Queue from Michael Rich is a disturbing and brutally scary take on voyeurism, our fascination with violence, and the cruelty we’re capable of simply because." - Cinema Crazed"Out of all the shorts in this segment, Michael Rich‘s The Queue is the short that left me truly unsettled. Even thinking back to it brings the uneasiness of my stomach rushing back. It is not what is shown but rather what is not." - Film Inquiry


CABIN KILLER

Horror comedy, 10 min

A couple goes on a weekend getaway to work on their relationship - but the remote accommodations aren't what they expected.

Winner:
-"Best Super Short Film", 18th Annual Shriekfest

"I love a film that manages to show a love for the horror genre without taking itself too seriously, and the film-makers here clearly love horror." - HorrorNews.Net


VIRAL

Horror, 13 min

An auto repairman fights to survive the night - and increase his online following - after hitting a mutant creature in the road.

Winner:
-"Best Recurring Nightmare", Nightmares Film Festival
-"Best Horror Short", Haunted Garage Horror Fest

Official Selection:
-Dances With Films
-Panic Fest
-St. Louis International Film Festival


AMBULANCE

Thriller, 13 min

A young EMT and her veteran partner fight to keep an unexpected patient alive in the back of their ambulance.

Made before the Michael Bay one...

Official Selection:
-Shriekfest
-St. Louis International Film Festival

Michael Rich - Director, Writer

Cabin Killer

"Hey now, you're listening to K-C-O-W, the Moooo..."

-BEST SUPER SHORT FILM - 18th Annual Shriekfest (Los Angeles, CA)
-BEST COMEDY - St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase (St. Louis, MO)
-NOMINATED: BEST HORROR COMEDY SHORT - Nightmares Film Festival (Columbus, OH)

Directed & Written by Me
Produced by Rachel Collins
Cinematography by Dave Cortez
Sound Design by Michael Cullen
Production Design by Katarina Kushin

Starring:
Chris Orlandi as Adam
Gabi Van Horn as Sherri
Jose De Jesus Martinez as The Cabin Killer

Michael Rich - Director, Writer

Ambulance

"Get him in the back of the ambulance"

Directed & Written by Me
Produced by Jacob Braunstein
Cinematography by Ben Stanziale
Edited by Michael Yuan
Sound Design by Michael Keane

Starring:
Kendall Chappell as Reagan
David Preston as Warren
Chris Orlandi as Chris
Jose De Jesus Martinez as Victor

Michael Rich - Director, Writer

"Miguel, who wants to watch our busted asses?"

-BEST RECURRING NIGHTMARE (alumni film) - Nightmares Film Festival (Columbus, OH)
-BEST HORROR SHORT FILM - Haunted Garage Horror Festival (St. Louis, MO)

Directed by Me
Written by Nicholas Barragan & Toby Canto
Produced by Kory Kleppe & Juliann Gammon Kleppe
Cinematography by Dave Cortez
Sound Design by Michael Cullen

Starring:
Jose De Jesus Martinez as Miguel
Juan Magana as Daniel
Cammie Middleton as Mia
Tim Simek as Lyle
Adam Meir as The Creature

Michael Rich - Director, Writer

The Queue

"Thank you again for the opportunity"

-GRAND PRIZE WINNER + BEST WRITING - StokerCon's Final Frame Horror Short Film Competition (Pittsburgh, PA)
-SHORT FILM SPECIAL MENTION - A Night of Horror International Film Festival (Sydney, Australia)
-BEST SHORT FILM + BEST ACTOR (BURT BULOS) - Haunted Garage Horror Festival (St. Louis, MO)
-BEST HORROR/THRILLER - St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase (St. Louis, MO)
-NOMINATED: BEST HORROR SHORT - FilmQuest (Provo, UT)
-NOMINATED: LEAD PERFORMANCE, SHORT (BURT BULOS) - Nightmares Film Festival (Columbus, OH)
-NOMINATED: BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE (BURT BULOS) - Nevermore Film Festival (Durham, NC)
-NOMINATED: SCARIEST FILM - HorrorFest International (St. George, UT)
-NOMINATED: BEST HORROR - Smodcastle Film Festival (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

Directed & Written by Me
Produced by Rachel Collins
Executive Produced by Kory Kleppe & Juliann Gammon Kleppe
Cinematography by Dave Cortez
Sound Design by Michael Cullen

Starring:
Burt Bulos as Cole
Jeff Doba as Rick
Nova Reyer as Kevin
Stacy Snyder as Betty
Benjamin Hardy as Bert

Michael Rich - Director, Writer

Hey now, my name’s Michael. I am a proud St. Louis, Missouri native and graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.Genre movies are my passion. As a long-time admirer of dark and macabre stories, I make what I would want to see on the screen as a fan. I aspire for engaging characters, twisty turns, and unforgettable moments. Blood... monsters... defibrillators to the face... I've done it all.My shorts have screened at Beyond Fest, HollyShorts, FilmQuest, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, LA Shorts, and St. Louis International Film Festival. Additionally, my work has found a home on Bloody Disgusting's "Bloody Bites" program - streaming on Screambox, Tubi, Roku and more.I like 90s alternative rock, California burritos and attending double features at LA's New Beverly Cinema.

Michael Rich - Director, Writer