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Richard Abramowitz

Lecturer in Film

Richard Abramowitz, founder and CEO of Abramorama, is an innovative leader in the distribution and marketing of independent films. His company’s distribution projects include Gay Dillingham’s Dying to Know, a documentary focusing on former Harvard psychology professors Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary, narrated by Robert Redford; Escape from Tomorrow, Broadway Idiot, Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart’s Stevie Nicks—In Your Dreams, Emilio Estevez’s The Way, Cameron Crowe’s documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, Banksy’s Spirit Award winner and Academy Award nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award–winning music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil!

Abramowitz’s producer representation projects have included Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Doug Pray’s Big Rig, and Oscar nominee The Weather Underground. His client list includes AT&T, Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Neil Young’s Shakey Pictures, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetica, 50 Cents’ Hollow Point Inc., and Exclusive Media Group.

Abramowitz was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere’s releases included The Thief, Hideous Kinky, and Xiu-Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled the Shooting Gallery’s acclaimed first feature, Laws of Gravity. Before that, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles’ The Brother from Another Planet and Matewan, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense and Swimming to Cambodia, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View, among many others.

Abramowitz is a founding partner of the new distribution company Area23a, which is devoted to the distribution of performance and social issue films, the distinguishing factor being a post-screening component of live music, lecture, or panel discussion.

Abramowitz is a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world, and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 

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