Sep 23, 2008
Gielen was born and raised in Columbia, MD. Ryan attended Washington and Lee
University, where he majored in Journalism. He taught himself
editing by sneaking into the editing suites after the Broadcast
Journalism students left for the night.
Following graduation, Ryan Gielen started his own production company we have creates, training and promotional videos for clients like Johns Hopkins University and MADD. The steady work funded his first documentary, Larry Keel: Beautiful Thing, following a year in the life of an underground bluegrass legend.
Since moving to New York, Ryan has focused on screenwriting, producing and directing including his first short film, Deleted Scenes.
His feature film, The Graduates was inspired by his experiences growing up in Columbia, and attending several Senior Weeks in Ocean City. It has played several film festivals and has won the Directorial Discovery Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.