Richard Abramowitz


Richard Abramowitz is founder and CEO of Abramorama, an innovative leader in the distribution and marketing of independent films. His company’s focus is on music-themed and social-impact films. They have distributed more feature documentaries than any other company – more than 500 so far.

Richard’s extensive work in music film also includes a 16-year relationship with Neil Young and projects with Stevie Nicks, John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon, Tony Bennett, and Bob Dylan.

Richard was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere’s releases included The Thief, Hideous Kinky, and Xiu-Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled the Shooting Gallery’s acclaimed first feature, Laws of Gravity, directed by SUNY Purchase alumnus Nick Gomez and starring SUNY Purchase alumna Edie Falco. Previously, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles’s The Brother from Another Planet and Matewan, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense and Swimming to Cambodia, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Merchant Ivory’s A Room with a View, among many others.

Richard is a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world is on the Board of Directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Advisory Boards of the SXSW Film Festival and The Hamptons International Film Festival.

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