Prior to founding Visit Films in 2005, 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 Harmonie 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 as an avid surfer and soccer enthusiast. He received a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Director of Acquisitions
A native New Yorker who speaks Spanish, Aida holds a BFA in Filmmaking from the Conservatory of Film at Purchase College. Aida then spent several years in the UK where she earned a Masters degree in European Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh and worked as a film programmer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, curating a variety of cinema programs and bespoke live events.
As Director of Acquisitions at Visit Films, Aida travels extensively to a number of festivals and markets, speaking on panels, participating in co-production forums and serving on festival juries around the world.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Lorna-Lee, who is half French and half American, comes from the village of Aups, located in the south of France. Before joining Visit Films, she worked at several international film festivals and promotional organizations including Unifrance/French Film Office in New York, the Festival de Cannes (Marché du Film) and FICCO (Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival). Later moving to Paris, she spent four years working for European telecom operator Orange in their film co-production and acquisition division alongside Frederique Dumas, and was also involved in the Marketing and Artistic department there. Lorna-Lee has a Masters degree in Audiovisual Law and Business from the University of Panthéon Sorbonne.
Andrew Van Beek
Andrew comes from the Chicago area where he was born and raised and where he recently completed his studies at Northwestern University, receiving a Bachelors degree in Radio/Television/Film. During his time at Northwestern, Andrew wrote and directed several short films funded by the School of Communication, Studio 22, and playwright Regina Taylor's The State(s) of America multimedia project. In addition to his production work, Andrew was an active member of several student groups including serving as Executive Co-Chair of the Undergraduate Radio/Television/Film Student Association and Programming Chair of Block Cinema. Andrew comes to Visit with experience as Feature Programming intern at the Chicago International Film Festival as well as a member of the 2009 Telluride Film Festival's Student Symposium.
Print Traffic Manager
Lita holds a BA in Film from Smith College, where she graduated cum laude, and an MA in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She has been a published film critic for over four years, focusing primarily on horror film and the history of the genre. At Visit she oversees logistics between 300+ festivals around the world each year, and also heads up Visit's sister company, Baxter Brothers Film Releasing, a domestic distributor.
Kaia is from Frankfurt, Germany and recently finished her Bachelor of Arts at Macalester College in English, Media Studies and Economics. During her time at Macalester she held several internships in the media industry. In 2011 she worked in the documentary production department of renowned German television channel ZDF. She has written articles for a Swiss magazine and was selected as part of the reporter team to cover the press of a United Nations global conference held in Bonn, Germany. After graduation she worked on a documentary as research assistant and volunteered at the MV Film Festival, before coming to Visit.
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