Craig Laurence Rice is an award winning educator, diverse entertainment executive & entrepreneur. Craig wasExecutive Producer/Director for the feature length documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks for HBO, which was nominated for three Emmy awards, an NAACP Image Award, selected to the Museum of Television and Radio in the year 2000, and won the Tree of Life Award from The Friends of the Motion Picture Academy. Credits on several feature-length films include Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge.
Notable television credits include Producer of We Teach Our Children for CBS and Producer for the 90-minute PBS variety show A The Prairie Home Companion 30th.
Craig has also directed dozens of music videos with artists including Prince, Mavis Staples, Mazarati, Patti LaBelle, and Sounds of Blackness. In addition, he has an outstanding career in the music industry as a manager workingwith a number of international recording artists including Bobby Brown, Prince, Pink Floyd, Taj Mahal, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and World Voices.
Rice is a professor at McNally Smith College of Music and Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds a
Production Degree from the University of Southern California Cinema Department, the Minneapolis College of Art& Design and a Liberal Arts degree from Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
In addition to WSP, Rice is currently developing a dramatic television series entitled The Black Panthers for HBO.