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 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 (Marche 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.
Manager of Acquisitions
Ania has worked in the film industry in Poland and in the UK for nearly a decade. For the last seven years she has been the Artistic Director of one of the leading celebrations of world independent cinema in Europe - Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, based in Krakow, Poland. A graduate of film studies and digital culture and technology she trained in production and post-production in London, at the BBC's documentary strands, as well as at the broadcast department of the British Museum. In 2012 she produced The Unspeakable Act
by Dan Sallitt, which went on to play at festivals in Sarasota, Rotterdam and Vienna. She travels extensively to international festivals and markets, speaking on panels and serving on festival juries around the world (including Sundance, Outfest and Rome).
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.
Marketing and Publicity Manager
Jerry was born in Shanghai, China, and spent most of his life in Connecticut before moving to New York City to attend NYU, receiving a double BA in Cinema Studies and Economics. During his time at NYU, Jerry worked in both production and marketing for a variety of companies including NBC, Left of Frame Pictures, Open Air Publishing, CityBuzz, and NYU Stern, as well as on feature films and commercial videos. He also wrote and directed several short films. After graduation, Jerry worked in marketing for Pensa, a design and invention firm.
Joe was born and raised outside of Cleveland, OH, before relocating to Pittsburgh, and then New York City in 2013. During his undergraduate career, he spent time working on short films and corporate videos, but switched focus towards criticism and research while obtaining his MA at NYU in Cinema Studies. Joe first formed an interest for the world of film festivals while serving as a member of the Cleveland International Film Festival's selection committee for three of the festival's seasons. In addition to his duties at Visit Films, Joe writes and edits for various publications.
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.
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