In 2005, Ryan founded Visit Films, a leading worldwide boutique film sales company. Since then, he has continued to build the portfolio of the company by opening Monument Releasing, a New York-based distribution company, and Pretty ____ Ideas, an LA-based development and incubation company. Prior to starting Visit Films, Ryan spent a number of years in International Distribution at Focus Features. Earlier in his career, he worked in physical production in New York City on numerous film and TV productions. With Visit Films, he has been responsible for the worldwide sales and development of a number of important American independent and international films that have premiered in all of the major film festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Venice and Toronto. He has worked with filmmakers as diverse as Harmony Korine, Werner Herzog, the Duplass Brothers, Rolf de Heer, Joe Swanberg, Valerie Donzelli, and David Robert Mitchell. Additionally, Ryan consults for Sundance Channel Global on the acquisitions of over 120 titles per year.
Ryan speaks on numerous industry panels each year, including for IFP, the Sundance Institute, and the Cannes Producer's Network. He has served on a number of film festival juries around the world. He typically flies over 200,000 miles annually. In his free time, he is an avid surfer and soccer enthusiast. He received a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Director of Sales
Lydia has been active in independent film since graduating from NYU, where she earned high honors for her studies in history and documentary film. After a year abroad studying cinema in Buenos Aires, Argentina and documentary film in Havana, Cuba, she began working as a researcher, production associate and outreach coordinator for independent documentary film production companies. She later lived in Berlin, conceiving and coordinating various cinematic experiences, filmmaking courses, and networking events for the Berlin International Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival. Lydia returned to New York to serve as the associate producer of the 2013 and 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards, continuing to produce events for the independent film community through the Independent Filmmaker Project and the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art.
Zoe is a recent Columbia University graduate, where she studied Film and Media. Before coming to Visit Films, she held positions at The Play Company, The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Miller Theatre at Columbia University and BFA. Throughout her undergraduate career, she helped found the student newspaper The Columbia Lion and worked as a photographer for The Columbia Daily Spectator. Her favorite activity is going to 10am showings of Hollywood movies on the weekends.
Festivals & Non-theatrical Manager
Tarek is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied History and Urban Studies and developed his passion for independent film. During his undergraduate career, he served as the Associate Director of the Ivy Film Festival, the world's largest student-run student film festival, and founded the Brown University Film Forum, a weekly film screening series dedicated to showing great films from a wide range of cultures, time periods, and genres. Since moving to New York, Tarek has held programming and editorial positions at the Tribeca Film Festival and Indiewire, respectively.
Director of Marketing and Publicity
Born in Shanghai, Jerry began working in marketing and publicity in various industries following his graduation from NYU with a double degree in Economics and Cinema Studies. Before joining Visit Films in 2014, he worked for companies including NBC, Left of Frame Pictures, Pensa, Open Air Publishing, CityBuzz, and NYU. In addition, he has worked on feature films, commercials, and music videos, as well as writing and directing short films.
James began working with the Visit Films acquisitions team in 2017 after transitioning from Visit's sister company and North American distribution arm, Monument Releasing. James graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 and freelanced in a variety of commercial and narrative work prior to his time with Monument.
Manager of Post Production and Delivery
Jeff is a writer, projectionist, DCP encoder, and all-around digital media inspector. A Colorado native, he has spent his last four years on the film festival circuit working in a variety of capacities for a number of fests, including: Tribeca, Telluride, Traverse City, True/False, NewFest, Palm Springs, Seattle, Ashland, TCM, LESFF and Denver Film Festival. He is an avid film-goer and fierce proponent for the making and exhibition of independent cinema.
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