NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Declan Ryan, the head of Riain Rising, has a passion for helping aspiring filmmakers, and was impressed by director Brian Hollars' work with "boy". He understood the challenges Hollars faced as an independent filmmaker with only passion, a powerful story and limited resources to make a film about the families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Ryan decided to support Hollars by providing packaging and promotion services, and helped him run a IndieGoGo campaign to assist with festival submission costs. The film has garnered community support from those affected by the historic storm, as well as from fans compassionate towards Katrina survivors.
"We had just received the news that "boy" was going to premiere at its first large film festival, the 2016 New Orleans Film Festival this October, when the flooding started in south Louisiana. It reinforced our passion to push this powerful independent project forward. The families affected by these disasters need our support to complete a full recovery and if their stories aren't told, they often disappear." – Declan Ryan
After its festival run, "boy" will be available online for a small purchase price, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting 2016 Louisiana Flood victims. Riain Rising employees have already been assisting with volunteer work and donations to help local families recover.
Declan Ryan of Riain Rising
After working on dozens of music videos, hundreds of film, TV, and commercial productions in Chicago, Los Angeles and Louisiana, Ryan has become a sought after producer in New Orleans. After witnessing the wake of Katrina's destruction, Ryan gathered up his spare production gear, enlisted philanthropic investors, and produced his documentary Help. Ryan's directorial debut came with 2006's Ulbert, an award-winning documentary on bipolar disorder, used in institutions across the globe. Recently Declan has worked with Julie Pacino, producing music videos for blues legends, Dr. John and Bobby Rush. Ryan also produced John Richie's Shellshocked, a documentary about New Orleans' youth and gun violence currently airing on PBS and showing in small theaters in the U.S. Ryan's most recent work through Riain Rising involves bringing two feature films, Paranormal Abduction and Open Tables to worldwide audiences in 2016, including a trip to Cannes. Riain Rising is currently shopping, "Courses" a documentary about 2 star Michelin Chef, Jake Bickelhaupt. www.riainrising.com
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