In 2001, Rick moved to Atlanta and opened Endorphin Entertainment & Endorphin Athletes, two video production companies that specialize in documentary style filmmaking within the sports genre.
In 2006-09, Rick’s first film, “Faded Glory,” was a national sensation, putting Rick on the map as a filmmaker. FG took home five audience awards on the film festival tour in ’09 and received both domestic and international distribution deals. The film was released theatrically in April, 2010.
In 2009, “And the Lord said…Smack ‘em in the Mouth” received high praise for its gutty portrayal of Christian football in the south exposing the dichotomy of God vs. Violence. The film played between the Georgia High School Football championship games on PBS and played in the shorts category at film festivals around the country.
In 2010, Endorphin Entertainment joined forces with FishEye Media Productions to produce “Season of a Lifetime.” (http://seasonofalifetime.tv) Rick directed, wrote and edited this amazing story of High School Football Coach Jeremy Williams battling ALS in his last season. The film was picked up by Word Entertainment (the faith-based division of Warner Brothers) and Lifeway, the company behind the faith-based monsters “Courageous” and “Facing the Giants” and will be released in the summer of 2013.
In 2011, Rick directed and produced another PBS sports film, “Dome to Dome.” Rick followed the Walton Raiders in Marietta, Georgia through their entire season as they tried to do what no Cobb County football team had ever done before—go undefeated Dome to Dome.
In 2013, Rick directed the final film in his high school football trilogy in Georgia. “Walk East” is the incredible story of Walker Head Football John East who came back to his first love after 20 years out of the game to lead Walker to their first undefeated regular season in school history.
Recently, Rick added radio to his resume, co-hosting a sports entertainment segment on CBS affiliate 92.9 THE GAME. He’s looking to co-host his own show in 2013.
Next up in 2013 – SEARCH4HURT – The Obstacle Course Racing TV reality series, an historical feature project on the 1906 Canton Bulldogs-Massillon Tigers first professional football Super Bowl that ended in a scandal, an inspirational how-to-change your life’s direction book and blog called “Innings” and another feature documentary, “Gutshot,” co-produced with Triple Threat TV for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.
Rick, divorced, is raising two teenagers, Jacob, 17 and Lexie 15 in Marietta, Georgia,. His girlfriend, Patricia Katopes, was a Season 6 winner on The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”