Mason Richards was born in Guyana. In 2012 he received the Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship.
This award is given to one promising young filmmaker with the potential to impact the film industry through diverse, new films from a new perspective.
“Beyond the Camera” interviewed Mason in 2015 and hear is what he had to say about his film and the impact of his country Guyana on his life and work.[embedplusvideo height=”283″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/2fg4vWx” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/spquudHoRkk?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=spquudHoRkk&width=450&height=283&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep7325″ /]
Mason earned his MFA in Film Directing from Cal Arts where he wrote and directed several narrative short films including his thesis, The Seawall, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Festival de Cannes and has gone on to screen at several festivals around the world. The Seawall was shot entirely on location in Guyana, South America, where Mason was born and spent the early years of his life.