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The History of Brauer Productions, Inc.


Rich Brauer is president of Brauer Productions, Inc., an independent film production company he founded in 1977 after graduating with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production and Undersea Photographic Technology from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.


He has produced or collaborated on hundreds of award-winning commercial and educational projects for clients as diverse as The History Channel, Twentieth Century Fox, Animal Planet, Pure Michigan, Harcourt-Brace Publishing, EDS, Society of American Foresters, Subway Sandwiches, U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service and many others. Brauer also produced a series of educational films focusing on Great Lakes maritime history, a subject close to his heart, that appeared on PBS. He co-founded the non-profit Maritime Heritage Alliance in 1982 and the Inland Seas Education Association in 1989.

Rich in High School

Brauer began producing and directing feature films in 1993, starting with “Sleeping Bear”. Today, his feature film productions include “The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island”, “Barn Red”, “That One Summer”, “Frozen Stupid” (all of which star Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine). Followed by “Mr. Art Critic”, “Fitful, the Lost Directors Cut”, “Dogman” and “Dogman2:The Wrath of the Litter”.  All enjoy worldwide distribution.


Filming under the Mackinac Bridge

He served as Director of Photography and Interim Producer for the Jeff Daniels’ comedy, "Escanaba in da Moonlight", and in 2001, he was DP on another Jeff Daniels’ comedy feature, "Super Sucker", which won the 2002 Audience Award at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival in Aspen Colorado. Also in 2001, Brauer lensed the remake of the classic Ambrose Bierce Civil War tale, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", directed by Brian Egen shot on location in West Virginia and North Carolina.


Brauer received the Michigan Filmmaker of the Year award at the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival, presented by filmmaker Michael Moore. Past recipients include actor Jeff Daniels, writer Kurt Luedtke, actress Christine Lahti and Roger Corman.


Brauer and his crew continues to support visiting filmmakers and production companies from all over the world from their home base in Traverse City, Michigan.

On the set of Dogman2

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