A Midwestern transplant living in New York City, Ryan began studying as an actor before making the transition into a notable director of largely independent films, editorial documentaries and short-form web content like ‘The Really Cool Show (an early YouTube web series with over 20 million views). Additionally, he is an award-winning cinematographer, having shot as many films for other people, as he’s directed on his own. He’s married to actress Dee Herlihy, whom he met while studying at an acting conservatory. His work is recognized for its authenticity and beautiful, organic cinematography. His feature films are largely improvised, though highly structured in the edit. In between films, he makes sexy food videos. Ryan is the co-founder of Robel Films, an NYC based independent film production company.