Richard B. Pierre was born in Oakland, California immigrating to Toronto at the age of nine. He is a writer, producer and director with a goal of telling stories that depict the lives of diverse individuals and their cultures while making films that are deeply personal.
A graduate of Ryerson University's film program, Richard’s professional experience ranges from writing, shooting, editing and directing. Richard’s first feature-length screenplay 'Crooked' was selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2011 he received the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. His first dramatic 35 mm short film ‘The Toboggan,’ funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his first interactive short film ‘Far From The Heart’ was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 Emerging 20 Filmmaker. He received the 2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes for his film ’The Toboggan.’ His first documentary 'What Are You?' was the Third Place Winner at Los Angeles CineFest 2020. His latest project “An Uninvited Guest” funded by the Ontario Arts Council, world premiered at the 2020 San Diego Black Film Festival.