RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. The Mountain, his fifth feature, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2018. Entertainment, his previous film, was released by Magnolia Pictures in 2015. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, internationally, at Locarno and was the closing night selection of that year's New Directors / New Films at Lincoln Center and MoMa. In 2012, his dramatic feature The Comedy, premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Tribeca Film. His films have played at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Stiges, BAFICI, London Film Festival, and SXSW among others. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has directed videos for Sharon Van Etten, Bonny Prince Billy, Benjamin Booker and Angel Olsen, among others. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records, most recently with his band Lean Year in 2017.