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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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