Award-winning director Rick Darge was born in New Jersey and raised in Northern California where he discovered his passion for filmmaking at an early age. Influenced by his childhood hero Mel Brooks, he often enlisted family members and friends to star in his short films and fake infomercials. In high school, Rick directed music videos, shorts, documentaries, and an indie feature called “Broken Strings.” An alumnus of Upright Citizen’s Brigade, he performed for years with an improv team named “The Beach Bunnies,” and has created numerous short films spanning various topics. Rick brings his satirical and often thought-provoking comedic chops to his range of work, including with his creative partnerships, Pretty Gross and Spooky Bonus. He has worked as an editor, writer, and actor, and has garnered an Emmy for his cinematography in the underground web series “Satacracy 88,” one of the first of its kind to be nominated. His film “Zen Dog” won the Film of the Festival recognition at Raindance International Film Festival, along with several other national accolades. Rick makes sense of the world’s chaos through a survival strategy of comedy, taking darkness and transforming it into the positive. His filmmaking becomes a salve for the soul, inspiring and inciting with his comedic stylings.