Producer, writer, and director of Cinderella Moon, Richard Bowen has been in the movie business for 35 years, principally as Director of Photography and Producer. This is his first feature film as a writer and director.
His journey in film began in the 1970s. While backpacking around Europe taking photographs, he stumbled onto his first movie set, Bernardo Bertolucci’s film 1900. He instantly fell in love with film and has been a filmmaker ever since, photographing 20 films and shooting and directing hundreds of TV commercials. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Photographer’s Guild, and the Cinematography division of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Among his feature credits as Director of Photography: In Quiet Night, The Little Rascals, The Wizard of Loneliness, Head Above Water, Article 99, Belizaire the Cajun. Among the 2nd Units he has photographed: Flags of Our Fathers, The Kite Runner, Wyatt Earp, Havana, Deep Rising.
Over the years, Richard has also been active in making short documentaries and Public Service Announcements for his favorite charities, as well as being a photographic portraitist. In his photobook Mei Mei Little Sister: Portraits From a Chinese Orphanage (Chronicle Books: 2005), he photographed the children of Half the Sky, a non-profit foundation his wife Jenny founded. All the proceeds from the book have been donated to the foundation, which serves children living in Chinese orphanages.
Richard is an Emeritus Director of Half the Sky, and it was while he and his family were living in China (2004 – 2009) working for the foundation that he began doing research for the film that would become Cinderella Moon.
He currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Jenny and two daughters, Maya, 17, and Anya, 14. Married for 35 years, Richard and Jenny met on a movie set when she was an actress and he was a cameraman. They had raised two children, Cristin and Aaron, and were empty nesters when they adopted Maya (Guangzhou, 1997) and Anya (Yixing, 2000), who are now two happy teenagers attending public school in Berkeley.