Talent Guide

Ryan Zacarias

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Grants and Awards 2017, Grants and Awards 2018, Producing Lab 2016


Ryan Zacarias’ films include Michael Tully’s Septien and Ping Pong Summer, Matt Boyd’s
documentary A Rubberband Is An Unlikely Instrument, Matt Porterfield’s I Used To Be Darker,
Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
and Mediterranea, by Jonas Carpignano, which premiered in the 2015 Semaine de la Critique at
the Cannes Film Festival. He recently executive produced Tim Sutton’s Dark Night, which
premiered in the NEXT Section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. He wrapped production on
Jonas Carpignano’s forthcoming feature, A Ciambra and Matt Porterfield’s Sollers Point in the
summer of 2016. Zacarias’ films have played festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Rotterdam,
Venice, Locarno, New Directors/New Films, the Berlinale, SXSW, and Hot Docs and have been
supported by Cinereach, San Francisco Film Society, Doha Film Institute, Cinemart, and the
Berlinale Co-Production Market. His films have been distributed by IFC Films, Magnolia, Haut
et Court (France), Paramount UK, Strand Releasing, Gravitas Ventures, and Factory
25. Zacarias also produced Harmony Korine’s short films, Umshini Wam, starring South African
rap sensation, Die Antwoord, and Snowballs.

Current Project

Afronauts (Drama)


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