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Rich Orstad

Rich started writing his first story, the sci-fi thriller Lightmares, in his High School Creative Writing class, where his teacher commented he had a difficult choice to make; do the practical thing and become an Engineer or heed Robert Frost’s advice, take the road less travelled and become a writer. Well, after graduating college as a Mechanical Engineer and starting his career, the monkeys never stopped scratching at that story until it finally poured out of him nearly twenty years later, and he's been writing ever since.

Since then, he has become a two-time winner and twelve-time finalist with two features in various stages of development. He won the Screencraft True Story Competition with his inspirational bio-pic ENDURANCE, currently in development with Noble Story Co, placed Silver in PAGE with his family feature RESCUE DOG, and is working with Redwoods Studios with his Austin After Dark Finalist horror-comedy NAMASTE ALIVE!

Growing up, Rich consumed every Stephen King novel he wrote, was lucky enough to watch Star Wars when it first came out in theaters and had a dad that loved to tell stories about growing up on a farm in depression-era North Dakota. Which is why Rich loves telling stories across all genres because like a well-lived life, every story should pack an emotional punch. Rich is looking for the right representation, is open to OWA’s, and resides in Los Gatos, CA with his wife, Kim.


Male, 55+, Middle Eastern

Rich Orstad


(Feature, Family Drama)

After losing his legs to an IED in 2012, an Afghanistan War veteran commits his life to completing the Boston Marathon one year after the 2013 bombings and to finish the most important race of his life…his commitment to faith and bringing hope to wounded veterans. Based on a true story.


(Feature, Family Drama)

When a social worker discovers that an elderly woman’s Christmas keepsakes have the power to magically transport them both back in time to the memory each holiday memento represents, she takes on the fight to save the senior’s home and her lifetime of precious holiday memories.


(Feature, Horror Comedy)

When a shy Cali girl says her mantra wrong during Hot Mindfulness Yoga Class and becomes possessed by the Hindu God of Destruction, her best friend must assemble a rag-tag team of friends, family, and mystics to save her life and prevent the end of humankind.

Character-driven, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Horror, Magical Realism

Male, 55+, Middle Eastern


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