Maureen A. Ryan is a producer based in New York concentrating on feature films and documentaries. She is co-producer of James Marsh’s Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, the wirewalker who stunned the world when he walked between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. It won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best British Film. Her latest film as co-producer, titled Project NIM, won Best Director World Cinema Documentary at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and will be released this summer in the US and UK by Roadside Attractions.
She is also a producer of the independent narrative film BOMBER, which premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival, has won numerous film festival awards and is currently distributed by Film Movement. Written, directed, and produced by Paul Cotter (Estes Avenue, Last Hand Standing), it was shot in Brighton, UK and Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. She produced a short film, Red Flag, that was written and directed by Sheila Curran Dennin. The film was honored as part of the Best of the Fest for Comedy at the 2009 Palm Springs International Shorts Fest and also won the 2009 Best Short Comedy award at the Woods Hole Film Festival.
Ryan’s other producer credits include The Gates, Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway, The Team, The King, Torte Bluma, Last Hand Standing, and Wisconsin Death Trip. Additional awards have included a Peabody award, three AICP awards, a Billboard award, a Freddie, a CMA award, an ACM award, 11 Addys and 5 Tellys.
She is on the full time faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program.
Her book, titled Producer to Producer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Low Budget Independent Film Producing, was published by Michael Wiese Publishing in June 2010—the companion website is available below.