Director : Chris Landreth
Music :Fergus Marsh, Michael White
Editing : Alan Code
Distributor : Rhino
Released : 2004
Runtime : 14 min.
Ryan is an Oscar-winning animated documentary about the influential Canadian animator Ryan Larkin who lived on skid row in Montreal following years of drug and alcohol abuse. Ryan Larkin has recently joined with Laurie Gordon of musical band Chiwawa (Band) to produce a new animated film tentatively titled Spare Change (film).
Co-produced by Copper Heart Entertainment and the National Film Board of Canada, Ryan is an animated interpretation of an actual interview with Larkin, conducted by the film's director, Chris Landreth. Excerpts from Ryan also appear in the NFB co-produced documentary Alter Egos, directed by Laurence Green.
Ryan won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, and the 25th Genie Award for Best Animated Short. The film was also very well received at the Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Toronto film festivals.
Director Landreth was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1995 for the end.