Ryan Gielen‘s films have won awards in festivals around the country for writing, direction, and vision, and have been featured in The New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Wholphin, Filmmaker Magazine, The Village Voice, Gawker, The Washington Post, and over 200 local print, radio, and television outlets. His first film, The Graduates, was self-distributed in 2009 and remains one of the most successful DIY indie releases of the last ten years, debuting at #1 on Hulu and remaining in the top ten comedies for the last four years.
His current release, Turtle Hill, Brooklyn, opened in theaters on May 3rd following a successful international festival run, earning international distribution from The Orchard, TLA, Optimale, Matriarch Media, Matriarch Television and others. The film is currently available on iTunes, Hulu, Amazon (DVD), AmazonVOD, Vimeo, Vudu, Roku and various cable on-demand outlets.
His production and distribution company Believe Limited is a two-time WEBBY winner, specializing in creating and building audiences for web content, producers, entreprenuers and brands.
Ryan is a contributor to NoFilmSchool.com, Tribeca Film Fest Blog, and the Sundance Artist Services Blog, open exclusively to festival alumni, writing on the topics of independent producing, audience building and distribution.