“Applebox” 2011, 29 min.
RICK PAGE hails from Western New York, having grown up in nearby Lockport, and he still has family in and around Buffalo. He attended Lockport Senior High School before moving to Baltimore in 1988. He later went on to study film at the University of Utah and graduated with a BA in 1994. He is currently in his 18th year as a professional motion picture cameraman. His work spans the globe in feature films, commercials, episodic television, music videos, IMAX, short films, documentaries, 3-D, industrials, and national training films.
Page’s work as a Director has earned him multiple Telly Awards, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Golden Aurora, several “Best” awards from numerous film festivals, most recently “Best Director” for his short film, “Applebox,” currently screening at this year’s Buffalo Niagara Film Festival.
“Applebox,” a collaboration with actor James Madio (HBO’s Band of Brothers) and Producer Mia Niebruegge, has been touring the country in the festival circuit and winning awards for the past year. In addition to Best Director, the short comedy has so far won 2 Best Actor awards, 2 Best Short Nominations, a Buzz Award for sold out screenings in NYC, a Best Music nomination, and an Emerging Cinematographer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild. As part of the ICG screenings, “Applebox” has been impressing audiences overseas as well. Along with Madio, the film stars AJ Buckley (CSI: New York) and film and TV veterans Frank John Hughes, Rick Gomez, Patrick O’Brien Demsey, and Ron Livingston. Page’s life-long friend and local musician, Rob Falgiano, from North Tonawanda, contributed original music for the film.
Some of Page’s camera credits include: CBS’ Touched By An Angel; High School Musical 3; Michael Jackson’s This Is It; and most recently The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey.
Returning home to Buffalo with this film is a milestone for Page, something he’s dreamt about since leaving 24 years ago. Page has been in development on his first feature, aptly named Lockport, about a high school hockey superstar who is forced to reconcile his hopes and dreams with those of his father. In the meantime, Page continues to work on several independent projects while maintaining a free-lance schedule behind the lens. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife of 17 years, Kim, and their dog Harry.