Dustin Rikert attended the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, where he received the University’s Outstanding Student award.  Rikert has directed fourteen independent features, eleven of which he produced.  Rikert’s recent films are YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME, a journey of two brothers on the road to rediscover family, starring Leo Howard, Justin Deeley and Kix Brooks and A MERMAID’S TALE,  a family film about a young girl and her unlikely friendship with a mermaid, starring Jerry O’Connell, Caitlin Carmichael and Sydney Scotia.  Other films include AMBUSH AT DARK CANYON, a western story of a redemption set in 1920 and the 1890’s, starring Kix Brooks, Ernie Hudson and James Karen, BORN WILD, a multi-generational southern drama, starring William Shockley, Barry Corbin and Kix Brooks, DUG UP, a redneck-zombie-comedy starring Paul McCarthy-Boyington, and A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, a Christmas family film starring  Joey Lauren Adams, William Shockley, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin Pollak and Illeana Douglas . Rikert also directed music videos for Kix Brooks “New to This Town”, Randy Houser “We Went” and “Like A Cowboy” and David St. Romain “That’s Love”.