Rich Brownstein was born in Portland, Oregon in 1962. He received a BA in psychology from Reed College in 1985. In 1989, Rich created what became Hollywood’s largest transcription company: The Transcription Company, used by virtually every major studio and network, including NPR, ABC News, and Oprah. Rich sold the business and moved his family to Jerusalem in 2003. He started teaching Holocaust film for Young Judaea in 2010 and branched out into Jewish film in 2013. Since 2015, Rich has been a lecturer at Yad Vashem, specializing in teaching educators how to teach the Holocaust using film. He has lectured at colleges and universities about the history of Holocaust film.