DIRECTOR Ryan Kruger
Sometimes dark, sometimes light, Ryan’s directing style is dynamic, fresh and specially focused on narratives. Whether it’s an interesting, yet straight-forward story or a collection of compelling visuals that portray a story, he understands what it takes to get the desired performance and places special emphasis on characters and their levels of depth.
Ryan’s experimental flair has led to some striking compositions and his portfolio is testament to his versatility: a visual chameleon with an ever-clear idea dancing around in his head. Heavily influenced by the films of his childhood, Ryan’s style reminds of 80’s cinema in all its various forms. He mentions Spielberg’s work as his first love in film and consequently finds himself fixated on interesting characters, real-feel production design and stories that transcend across cultures, ages and gender. Often placing extraordinary circumstances into real-life situations, Ryan finds great pleasure in contrasting big concepts with the rawness of human behavior and emotion, while placing special emphasis on the aesthetic of his work.
A true talent and a refreshing addition to the film industry, he’s definitely a filmmaker to watch.
Fried Barry is an experimental film and is a part of a one year project of a collection of 10 films that will all be released all at the same time, in 2018 at an exhibition. The films, however, will be screened only at film festivals around the world until then. The films are not linked in any way apart from that they are all experimental films. Fried Barry is the first film of the collection. Some of the films feature some known artists from around the world.
Fried Barry has already been sent to over 70 festivals and has 6 official selections, and has already won 2 awards for Best Experimental at:
2017 – EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS (ECA)
2017 – THE MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL (MedFF)
Fried Barry is a heroin junkie that spends his days in an abandoned building, walking around tripping from his latest hit, going through his ups and downs and reliving old memories.
For the longest time now I’ve wanted to make a number of short experimental films. It’s been on the to-do list for at least 7 years and I finally got myself to start making them. The main reason for making them is to do my style and be let off the leash for the first time, where I don’t have to worry about it being commercially viable or not fighting with record labels to know whether it’s going to be able to get on TV or not, or I may have to tone it down. So all these projects have no filters and are completely out the box.