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About Richard

Personal Statement As a career documentary cinematographer, I typically shoot for and collaborate with others. I am now actively exploring the making of my own films.  Currently I am shooting a documentary on guns and gun violence through the interactive sculptures of David Hess who has amassed a collection of (non-functional) assault rifles. We are traveling to various locations and recording people's personal thoughts and feelings about guns while they handle the works. It is an attempt to... more

Cafeteria Man

CAFETERIA MAN is a documentary feature film about visionary chef Tony Geraci's radical transformation of school nutrition in Baltimore city. The film chronicles his pioneering efforts to implement a system-wide recipe for reform in a sluggish bureaucracy over a two year period. Geraci's successful ability to coordinate people and energize a city's desire for social change around issues of school food becomes a nationally recognized model of aspiration and possibility.


Directed and photographed by Richard Chisolm. Produced by Sheila Kinkade. Edited by David Grossbach.
(See also Personal Statement in Profile)

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    Filmmaker/Cinematographer Richard Chisolm
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    Students learning greenhouse growing techniques.
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    Field trip to school-operated teaching farm.
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    Tony Geraci, Director of Nutrition for Baltimore City Schools on the Marc Steiner Show.
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    Filming classroom education about sources of food.
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    Food author Michael Pollan reflects on the Baltimore school food situation.
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    Cafeteria interviews of students about tastes and eating habits.
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    Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Schools discusses the crisis in school food.
  • Chef Tony Geraci

    Director of Food and Nutrition, Baltimore City Public Schools

Doctor Q

"Doctor Q" (a work-in-progress) is a feature documentary portrait of Johns Hopkins brain surgeon Alfredo Quinones, who came to the United States from Mexico as an illegal immigrant teenager. The unscripted film chronicles his work as a surgeon, his efforts to maintain a meaningful relationship with his country of origin, and his struggle to balance notariety and family.

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Bach and Friends

Bach and Friends is a new documentary feature film that celebrates the music of Bach as interpreted by living musicians. Producer: Michael Lawrence. Director of Photography: Richard Chisolm.


A seven-part national ABC television documentary series on the real life drama of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Director of Photography/Field Producer: Richard Chisolm.

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    Richard Chisolm films medicine resident Dr. Ann Czarnik and patient at Hopkins Emergency Department/
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    From the 6-part ABC TV series about Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Gun Show

A work-in-progress documentary that examines gun violence through the interactive sculptures of David Hess. The film travels to multiple locations and captures people's thoughts and feelings while holding the objects. It is an attempt to use art to advance a new and meaninful conversation around our complex relationship with guns.

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