Rich Williamson graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 focusing on cinematography and editing. Since then he has worked as a freelance cinematographer and editor with companies including Greenpeace, Audi, Canadian Tire and MTV with his full-service production company Compy Films.
He has worked as a Director of Photography for some of Canada’s best upcoming filmmakers – Bobby Putka’s "Where Does it go from Here", Kazik Radwanski’s "Tower", Lyndon Casey’s "Weekend Warriors".
As a director, his work blends the best of fiction and documentary technique together with a focus on social-issue subjects. His award-winning short films including The Sugar Bowl (2011), Joe (2012) and Unsinkable (2012) have screened at festivals worldwide including the Hot Docs, DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, and Aljazeera Film Festivals. Notably, The Sugar Bowl won Best Film & Best Documentary at the 2013 Aesthetica Film Festival, the WIFT Award at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and was nominated for Aljazeera’s Gold Award in 2013. The Sugar Bowl and Joe were recently broadcast across the United States and Europe on ShortsTV and will be released on iTunes later this year by distributor Shorts International.
In Summer 2013, he co-authored his first book, "Half-Cat: A Partial History," alongside fellow Ryerson alumni Dan Voshart and editor Peter Chiykowski. Together they crafted a successful crowdfunding campaign that became one of Kickstarter's "Projects we Love." The team developed a series entitled "Half Cat: the Documentary" to support the book through the duration of its campaign. The first part can be seen here: vimeo.com/73595756
In October 2013, he was selected to participate in the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s 2013 Talent Lab in Iceland. He recently participated in the CFC Cineplex Entertainment Film Program.