Richard Agecoutay has been working in the media arts field for over 20 years. Over the course of his career, Richard has worked as a freelance photographer, theatre technician, an ENG/EFP/SNG Videographer, ENG news editor, tape producer, video journalist, and story producer for broadcast television.
An award-winning filmmaker, photographer and cultural activist, Richard has wide and varied experiences as an electronic cinematographer and director of photography. Richard's videography work has been seen on regional and national networks across Canada and has been screened at numerous film and television festivals, most notably at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, 1997/98 Native American Indian Film Festival at the Smithsonian Institute and the 1997 & 2004 Yorkton Short Film and Television Festival.
Throughout his career Richard's work has received critical acclaim and industry awards from various professional associations. For his efforts on No Glory, a Sports Journal special, Richard was rewarded with a 2005 Gemini nomination and a 2005 Kodak Spectrum Award in the category of Best Photography for an Information Program or Series. No Glory also received a Bronze Plaque at the 2005 Columbus International Film and Television Festival.
Seeking the Way: The Hockey Journey of the Tootoo Brothers won a Bronze Plaque from the 2004 Columbus International Film and Television Festival; Richard was the principal videographer on this CBC Sports special. In 2004, Baseball Bats for Christmas was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton International Short Film and Television Festival and in 1997 A Nation is Coming received two Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association Awards. Richard was the director of photography and lighting director for both of these productions.
In October 2001, Richard re-located to Iqaluit to work as an ENG/EFP Videographer/Editor on the programs Igalaaq and Northbeat. While in Canada's newest territory, Richard's assignments took him to many regions in the territory, where he worked shooting and editing news and current affairs stories that spanned the cultural, social, economical, political, and environmental issues affecting the Inuit of this region. During this time, his roles expanded to include video journalist, field producer and delegate producer.
In 2003, Richard was seconded to the CBC Toronto Production Centre (TPC) where he now works for Studio and Remote Productions. As a videographer for TPC, Richard has worked with high profile reporters, producers, hosts and personalities on many CBC Television flagship programs, including: Sports Journal; Sports Saturday; The Road to Athens; Hockey Night in Canada; Hockey Day in Canada; Movie Night in Canada; The 2004 Conservative Leadership Convention; The Canadian Urban Music Awards; The X; POV Sports; Street Cents; Get Set for Life; Canada Reads; Play; Hot Type; A&E Specials; Toronto Now; Canada Now; Sunday Report; Marketplace; The Fifth Estate; Country Canada; Absolutely Canadian; and The National. In January 2004, Richard was instrumental in developing the popular and unique shooting style used by The Hour.