Richard Ray Perez

Director, Creative Partnerships, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute


“Rick” Perez oversees a portfolio of Sundance Institute strategic partnerships focused on the convergence of nonfiction filmmaking, innovative thought leadership, social change, and themes vital to contemporary societies. These initiatives include Stories of Change, a Sundance Institute partnership with the Skoll Foundation, and the annual Sundance Institute | CNEX Documentary Workshop in Beijing, a program to develop and advance independent nonfiction filmmaking in China. Mr. Perez is also a senior reviewer for the Sundance Documentary Film Fund; frequently participates as a speaker, panelist and moderator at domestic and international events focusing on nonfiction filmmaking; leads workshops on documentary storytelling; and nurtures filmmakers throughout the world.

In addition to his work at Sundance Institute, Mr. Perez executive produced and directed the feature documentary, Cesar’s Last Fast,| a film about American civil rights and labor leader Cesar E. Chavez that premiered in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and is currently executive producing the feature documentary Cassandro, Queen of the Ring. Prior to joining the Sundance staff, Mr. Perez was an executive producer at Brave New Films where he produced two documentary series and directed and produced a third. Richard Ray Perez holds a bachelor of arts degree in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University.