RICHARD J. LEWIS directed his first feature film Whale Music
in 1994. Whale Music opened both the Toronto and Vancouver International Film
Festivals and received nine Genie nominations including Best Achievement in
Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay. After Whale Music, Lewis began directing
television, including the pilot episode of The Chris Isaak Show, and multiple
episodes of such series as Due South, Easy Streets, Michael Hayes and Family
Law, which were produced by Paul Haggis.
In 2000, Lewis directed multiple episodes of the freshman CBS drama CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation. As the show gained in its popularity, Lewis committed
himself to the series full time. Lewis remained with CSI for nine seasons as a
writer, executive producer and director as the series remained the most watched
drama on television. While working on CSI and under an overall deal at CBS,
Richard also directed the pilot Waterfront starring Billy Baldwin, Mary Stuart
Masterson, and Joe Pantoliano.
In addition to writing and directing, Lewis is also involved in teaching. He
regularly gives workshops in Toronto and Los Angeles.
His work with high school students has taken him to rural Minnesota, Chicago,
Toronto, and Edmonton, Alberta. Lewis also serves as a committee member of the
Southern California chapter of Human Rights Watch. Lewis holds a Bachelor of
Science degree from Northwestern University in Chicago as well as a Masters
Degree in film from the University of Southern California.
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