Talent Guide

Ryan Schwartz

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Documentary Lab 2018, Fast Track 2017


Ryan Schwartz’s first feature as writer/director, “Summer of 8,” was acquired by FilmBuff in 2016 and released theatrically by MGM/Orion. Starring Matt Shively (“The Real O’Neals”) and Shelley Hennig (“Teen Wolf”), “Summer of 8” was named one of the top ten films of 2016. Under his recently formed production company, Object In Motion, Ryan is currently producing three feature length documentaries, one in production and two in post production, and a biopic based on the largest black orphanage in US history. Ryan is also developing several projects to direct, including the critically acclaimed YA novel, “Wanderlove.” Ryan received his MFA in film from USC, and currently teaches directing at The New York Film Academy (LA Campus).

Current Project

Untitled Claudia Sparrow Documentary (Documentary Feature)


Maxima, an indigenous woman from the Peruvian Andes who cannot read or write, stands up to one of the largest gold producers in the world, US-based Newmont Mining Corporation, who has claimed ownership of her land in order to expand its multi-billion-dollar mining operation.