About

The Rikaroo Film Collective (brought to you by United Digital Filmmakers)
Rikaroo connects filmmakers and their film-loving audiences with one another by aggregating those hard-to-find films, “the best films you’ve never seen”, in an industry-curated site. Rikaroo connects people who are making independent films with the audiences who want to see them. With an eye to emerging artistic forms and film genres, digital platforms and hybrid distribution channels, Rikaroo is the creation of industry professionals, operated by industry professionals, curated by industry professionals.

United Digital Filmmakers
We aim to show filmmakers that their power comes only from working with other professionals, in a mission-oriented endeavor to help sustain a truly industry-curated site that doesn’t own the rights to the films, that allows filmmakers to retain autonomy over the face of their creations. We’re living in the confluence of technological, creative, and economic forces that are severely limiting the upside of independent film production, especially at the delivery end (distribution), where many of the smaller distribution..

The Founding Partners – Rick Pagano & Kathleen Wilson
Rick Pagano is President/CEO of Pagano/Manwiller Casting with over thirty years experience casting theater, motion pictures, and television.He has worked with directors such as Oliver Stone, James Cameron, and Jerry Bruckheimer, cast over 70 studio and independent feature films, including DRUGSTORE COWBOY, HOTEL RWANDA, and GAS FOOD LODGING, along with television projects, including “24,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Picket Fences” and literally hundreds of theater productions across the United States. He consulted for the Sundance Institute from 1994 through 2001, and also writes and directs plays. Richard has a B.A. from Middlebury College, MA from Columbia University, and has completed coursework for a doctorate from Columbia University.

Kathleen Wilson is a digital media specialist and member of the Adjunct Faculty in the ITP Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with over twenty years experience in digital media. Previously, she was the co-founder, Vice President, Creative Director at Viacom Interactive working with Blockbuster, CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Sundance Channel, VH1; Executive Producer at Paramount’s Media Kitchen in Palo Alto, CA; co-designer of SIMTOWN, a sim game for Maxis/EA; Design Director for the interactive multimedia MUSEUM VISITOR’S PROJECT at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC; and the Multimedia Director at Bank Street’s Center for Children and Technology where she designed PALENQUE. Kathleen has a B.A. from Middlebury College, an MBA from TRIUM (LSE-London, HEC-Paris, NYU-Stern), an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts  and a doctorate from Harvard University.