Ryan Fleck

Ryan Fleck

Infobox actor


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name = Ryan Fleck
birthdate = birth date and age|1976|9|20
location = Berkeley, California
yearsactive = 2002 – present
occupation = Director, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor|

Ryan Fleck (born September 20, 1976 in Berkeley, California) is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known as the director and co-writer of the 2006 film "Half Nelson".

Career

Ryan Fleck was raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California, [cite web| url = http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/06/23/nosplit/bffof123.xml| title = Filmmakers on film: Ryan Fleck| accessdate = 2008-06-07| date = 23 June, 2007| publisher = "The Daily Telegraph"] and attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film. At this time he met Anna Boden on the set of a student film and, after he finished his thesis short film "Struggle", they began dating and decided to collaborate.cite web| url = http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/summer2004/features/25_faces16-20.php| title = 25 NEW FACES OF INDIE FILM 2004| accessdate = 2008-06-07| author = Ross, Matthew| publisher = "Filmmaker Magazine"] Together they made the short documentaries "Have You Seen This Man?" and "Young Rebels" before they wrote and he directed the short film "Gowanus, Brooklyn", a sample feature aiming to attract potential financiers to their undeveloped script, "Half Nelson". [cite web| url = http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Film-Review/half-nelson-ryan-fleck-and-anna-boden-interview| title = Half Nelson - Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden interview| accessdate = 2008-06-07| author = Carnevale, Rob| publisher = "IndieLondon"] The short won a prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Fleck and Boden were subsequently invited to the Sundance Writer's Lab to receive professional feedback on the "Half Nelson" screenplay. [cite web| url = http://www.iofilm.co.uk/feats/interviews/h/half_nelson_08052007.php| title = Half Nelson Q & A With Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden| accessdate = 2008-06-07| author = Gent, A.| publisher = "IO Film"] The film did not receive adequate financing for years, and while trying to initiate the project, Fleck explains: "We were trying to get it off the ground so we had plenty of time to keep writing and rewriting. I think the time was valuable because I think we made it as good as we could."cite web| url = http://movies.about.com/od/halfnelson/a/halfnelson82206.htm| title = Exclusive Interview with Half Nelson Writer/Director Ryan Fleck| accessdate = 2008-06-07| author = Murray, Rebecca| publisher = About.com] In spite of the effort in making the script "as good as we could" prior to filming, Fleck encouraged "Half Nelson"'s actors to ad lib and improvise, although he and lead actor Ryan Gosling compromised many scenes in the rehearsal process as Fleck thought that Gosling's ideas were too different from the script in some cases. He also had several disagreements with Boden while writing; though he claims their "back and forth" system of rewriting each other's work has always worked well. "Half Nelson" was well received by critics and got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor to Ryan Golsling. Many other nominations went to Ryan Gosling for his role as Dan Dunne.

Fleck and Boden have since co-written and co-directed the 2008 film "Sugar", which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, about a 19 year-old Dominican who immigrates to the United States to play minor league baseball. The two wrote the screenplay after researching about many Dominican immigrants who arrive in America to play in minor league towns, saying: "The stories we heard were so fascinating that it became what we were writing before we'd even decided it was our next project". [cite web| url = http://www.thereeler.com/sundance_features/ryan_fleck_and_anna_boden_sugar.php| title = Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Sugar| accessdate = 2008-06-07| date = 15 January, 2008| publisher = "The Reeler"] They have also completed a screen adaptation of Ned Vizzini's young adult novel "It's Kind of a Funny Story", which Fleck is directing.

Filmography

Director

*Struggle
*Have You Seen This Man?
*Gowanus, Brooklyn
*Young Rebels
*Half Nelson
*Sugar
*It's Kind of a Funny Story

Writer

*Struggle
*Gowanus, Brooklyn
*Half Nelson
*Sugar

References

External links

*imdb name|0281396


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