Writer/Director, Roswell Delirium
This week, Ira spoke with Richard Bakewell, writer-director of Roswell Delirium, a character-driven, science fiction drama which takes the audience back to the 1980s, when the United States is hit by a wave of nuclear attacks, and after the fallout those who remain pretend like everything is normal – even though they are all experiencing radiation poisoning. In this alien episode of “Ira’s Everything Bagel,” Richard talks about starting to write the movie during COVID because he was bored; his trip to the Salton Sea, where he was inspired by the location; why he wanted to combine aliens with the 80’s (which was his time); how he included “Easter eggs,” movie quotes, and song lyrics in the film; how he recruited known actors from the 80’s and really had to sell it because of the sci-fi theme; and his work on “Cops.”
Growing up in northeastern Ohio, Richard was the neighborhood kid obsessed with movies, television, and pop culture, reveling in the storytelling traditions of the 1980s and dreaming of becoming the next Steven Spielberg. After beginning his studies as a director at Columbia College in Chicago, Bakewell quickly realized that directing wasn’t the best career path, and shifted his passion to working with cameras as a cinematographer.
An internship led to a job with “Cops,” which resulted in Richard relocating to Los Angeles in the 1990s.
Eventually he could move into corporate commercials and quickly developed a new outlet. With his company and team behind him, Richard has produced dozens of major commercial, promotional, and industrial efforts working alongside and/or interviewing the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gordon Ramsay, Tyra Banks, Prince Harry, Mark Wahlberg, and Ringo Starr. His camera work has also been seen on dozens of television programs like “Beat Shazam,” “Last Chance U,” “Cheer,” “World of Dance,” and Gordon Ramsay’s “The F Word.”