A lonely artist named Richie is obsessed with a blonde named Margot. Upset with his latest attempt to capture her likeness, he turns to painting a mannequin, unknowingly activating a chain of events that will bring him closer to Margot than he ever imagined. 2013; 11 min.
Now updating with behind the scenes material and director's notes:
"Richie" was conceived as a thesis project for the BFA Candidacy at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Dreamed up in the summer under the influence of the bluesy-folk music of M. Ward, it was then produced relentlessly despite the harsh weather and heartbreak of two semesters of East Coast weather. Richie represents Irina Ari (Irene Geller's) first debut as a independent director and screen actress/actor. In the Fall of 2013, "Richie" was selected as one of 26 films out of 388 submissions, to be premiered at the New Jersey Film Festival (njfilmfest.com/) hosted at Rutgers University.
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