Safari Guide, Journalist, Filmmaker, Adventure Traveller, Teacher, Storyteller
With more than 2 decades of experience travelling and documentary film making in Sub-Saharan Africa and throughout the developing world. While he continues to produce videos for corporations and humanitarian organizations, Rick Castiglione is now also using his expertise to lead private discovery/safari expeditions into East Africa.
Travelling with Rick is a unique opportunity to learn about new cultures, development and humanitarian work, education projects and, of course, the wildlife and environment of East and Central Africa.
Rick Castiglione has been telling “stories that matter” to Canadian television audiences since 1981. A former television anchor and reporter, Rick has taken his love for storytelling, cinematography and adventure travel - in a new direction.
In 2002, Rick founded Cielo Pictures Inc., an independent television and video production company so he could focus on stories of compassion and sustainable development in the developing world.
Since 2002, Cielo Pictures has been telling the stories of humanitarian work in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Paraguay, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Sudan, Ukraine, Ecuador, Burundi, Cambodia, Nepal and India and many more places. Most of his documentary work is broadcast on CTV.
Cielo Pictures has also creates videos for corporations and for charitable organizations in Canada, The United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia, Cambodia and South America - to help organizations grow awareness and funds for the work that they do.
In 2008 and 2009, Cielo Pictures Inc. was awarded the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association awards (The Rosie) for “Best Documentary” for the films “Starting to Dream” and “The Long Journey Home of James Nguen”.
In 2009 Cielo Pictures was also received the AMPIA award for Best Awareness video for “Who Do You Tell?” A sexual abuse educational video for aboriginal children.
In 2011, Rick received the “Humanitarian Service Award” from the Canadian Club.
On National Philanthropy Day - 2007, Cielo Pictures Inc. was named “Small Business Philanthropist Of The Year” by the Canadian Association of Fund Raising Professionals.
And while Rick was been travelling and making documentaries, for 17 years, he was also teaching young journalists and film makers “his brand of storytelling” in the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary.