I Am Richard Pryor

I Am Richard Pryor tells the story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humor to America's stages and living rooms until his death at 65. Featuring an iconic comedic cast, historians, activists and artists who provide a unique brushstroke into the complex world of Pryor. The film dives deeply into the psyche of a comedic genius whose mother was a prostitute, father a pimp, and grandmother a madam. Pryor dispensed a penetrating comedic view of African American life - essentially comedy without jokes - that struck a chord with audiences of every ethnic, social and economic disposition.

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Jesse James Miller




Director: Jesse James Miller
Executive Producer: Derik Murray, Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Frank Anderson, Steve Kotlowitz, Greg Zeschuk, Jhod Cardinal, Jaimee Kosanke, Jon Slusser, Kevin Kay, David Reeder, Robert Pirooz, Peter Scarth
Producer: Derik Murray
Screenwriter: Jesse James Miller
Cinematographer: Shaun Lawless
Editor: Graham Kew
Music: Schaun Tozer
Principal Cast: Lily Tomlin, Tiffany Haddish, Howie Mandel, Sandra Bernhard, Mike Epps, Jimmie Walker, Henry Jaglom, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Ron De Biasio, Rocco Urbisci
Additional Credits: Supervising Producer: John Barbisan, Archival Producer: Bianca Cervantes, Consulting Producer: Eric MacDonald, Line Producers: Joe Tuck, Carmen Kerr, Senior VP Business Affairs: Kent Wingerak, Network Business Affairs: Lynn Fuhr, Associate Producer: Gemma Strongman, Casting Director: Kea Barker, Lead Archival Researcher: Krystal Sahabi, Archival Researchers: Matthew Van Deventer, Jesse Barnett


Public Film Contact
Claire Leavy
Network Entertainment
Publicity Contact
Gemma Strongman
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Biography, Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 91:44 mins