Rick will be participating in the SDG Action Weekend at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City September 16-17, 2023 as an arts envoy of Create2030. Founded by filmmaker Lisa Russell, Create 2030 is: “an artist-led, international network of professional, diverse artists and storytellers who are committed to using their voices and platforms in support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” This will be Rick's first visit to the UN Headquarters, and he is looking forward to meeting with colleagues from around the world who are also putting their creative powers to use to help build a sustainable
Global Peace Film Festival co-founder and director Nina Streich and artistic director Kelly Devine interviewed Rick about "The Strait Guys", which will be the closing night film of the 2023 festival, screening on Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in Orlando, Florida.
Rick travelled to Odessa, Ukraine from July 5-10, 2023 with three members of the aid organisation Berlin Odessa Express to deliver much-needed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to hospital and aid organisations in Odessa. Rick filmed the entire journey by van and trailer across Poland and Ukraine to Odessa, as well as all the deliveries and encounters with local partners in and around Odessa, and will release a short film on the YouTube Channel Meet the Good Ones in September. In the meantime, here's an Instagram Reel with some highlights from the deeply moving trip. Fortunately, Odessa has long been on
Rick presented The Strait Guys at the Moldox International Documentary Film Festival for Social Change, running from June 21-25, 2023 in Cahul, Moldova. It was the first screening of the film in a former Soviet republic. The film was well-received, and the screening was followed by a lengthy discussion about George and his vision of connecting the world by rail. Moldox is a small, excellently-curated festival in the self-proclaimed cultural capital of Moldova, Cahul. The festival director Maxim and his wonderful team were very welcoming, and there were ample opportunities to taste the fine Moldovan wine which is still a
Rick was the guest on this week's Beazy podcast Getting Your Films Done and Seen – With Documentary Filmmaker Rick Minnich, hosted by Raphael Freitas. Hear Rick talk about how he got started as an independent filmmaker and how he has managed to stay in the business for the past three decades. This is episode 3 in the new podcast series hosted by the creative network Beazy. Rick has been a member of Beazy from its beginnings three years ago, and also rents out his gear through the platform.
I'm opening up my vast archives and am now publishing one new short video weekly from my thirty years of filmmaking. Hear my reflections on interviewing General Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, about bombing Hiroshima, my chance encounter filming Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin, celebrating "Strait Guy" Scott's birthday on Little Diomede island in the middle of the Bering Strait, and much more. Watch my introduction to the series and subscribe to my channel. Thanks!
On the occasion of the theatrical release of his new feature documentary The Strait Guys, Rick sat down for an interview with Elise Czyzowska from Met Film School, where Rick has been teaching part-time for the past ten years.
Rick's latest film The Strait Guys will celebrate its European Premiere at the fabulous Babylon Cinema in Berlin Mitte on June 2nd at 19:30. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Rick will be joined by his film team and special guests. After the film, Jeannette Eggert will moderate a discussion with Rick and Russian associate producer Vlad Ketkovich. This is the beginning of the theatrical release all across Germany. Rick and Vlad will also do a Q & A after the following screenings: June 3rd, Berlin: Moviemento,19:00 June 5th, Karlsruhe, Schauburg, 13:00 Tübingen, Arsenal, 19:00 Berlin, Krokodil, 20:30 (Rick only) Other cities here.
Rick was the mystery guest on Leon Logothetis' weekly podcast "Spontaneous Moments of Conversation". View the video or listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. In this unscripted conversation, the "Kindness Guy" Leon meets Rick for the first time, and asks him about his life as an American independent filmmaker living in Berlin. Much of the conversation focuses on Rick's most recent film The Strait Guys, which is being released theatrically throughout Germany on June 2nd.