In 2005, Ryan founded Visit Films, a leading worldwide boutique film sales company that now has more than 200 titles in its catalog. 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 acquisition, worldwide sales and development of a number of important American independent and international films that have premiered at and won numerous prizes 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, Josephine Decker and David Robert Mitchell. In addition to many Gotham and Independent Spirit Award winning titles, he recently worked on Tanna, an Oscar nominated film from Australia. Ryan has also consulted for Sundance Channel Global on the acquisitions of over 120 titles per year.
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.
Jake Riley-Hunte graduated from Kingston University with a first class honours Bachelors Degree in Film Studies before attending the National Film & Television School, obtaining a Masters Degree in producing. His highly acclaimed graduation film Sweet Maddie Stone, starring Jessica Barden, won the Grand Prix award at Encounters Film Festival in 2016 and enjoyed a successful festival run thereafter. Upon graduating, Jake joined Bankside Films in 2015 under Hilary Davis and Stephen Kelliher. During his five years there, Jake helped evaluate projects for acquisitions and licensed the Bankside Films slate to partners around the world.
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.
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.
Aaron is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he studied Film and Russian language. During his undergraduate years he was involved in film production, providing support for several feature projects for HBO, while also pursuing short documentary filmmaking independently. After graduating Aaron worked at the Maysles Documentary Center as a Projectionist and House Manager, directing the operation of the cinema during film festivals, documentary programs, and cultural events. Aaron began working at Visit in 2019.
Originally from Charlottesville, VA, Mia got a BFA in Film Production at Emerson College before moving to NYC in 2012. She worked in production for several years, including jobs on indie features, commercials, live events, and reality television (most notably as a producer on Food Network's Chopped), before her interest in film sales and distribution brought her to Visit in 2018.
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