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Episode 55 | Craig Rice


Craig%20Rice_MusicBizCraig Laurence Rice is a long established educator, diverse entertainment executive and an ward-winning producer and director nationally recognized for his distinguished career in the television and film industry.

He was also Executive Producer /Director for the feature length documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks for HBO, which was nominated for three Emmy awards, and an NAACP Image Award.  The documentary was also selected to the Museum of Television and Radio in the year 2000, and won the Tree of Life Award from The Friends of the Motion Picture Academy.

Notable film and television credits include Executive Producer on the nationally syndicated series Million Dollar Idea, Producer for the 90-minute PBS variety show A The Prairie Home Companion 30th, Producer for New Dramas for Television for The Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center, and  various credits on several feature-length films including Graffiti Bridge.  

As a commercial award-winning director, Rice has helmed commercials for clients such as Amoco, Nike, Target, Kraft, United Way, McDonald’s, and the Partnership for Drug Free America. He has also directed dozens of music videos with artists including Prince, Patti LaBelle, and Sounds of Blackness.

In addition, he has an outstanding career in the music industry as a manager working with a number of international recording artists including Bobby Brown, Taj Mahal, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and World Voices.

He is on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has taught at Minneapolis Media Institute, Perpich Center For The Arts High School.

Rice holds a Production Degree from the University of Southern California Cinema Department, a Liberal Arts degree from Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Rice also attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the University of Minnesota with a Film/Photography and Theatre Major.

Rice currently is developing a television series entitled The Black Panthers for HBO.




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