Ryan O’Leary is an award winning independent filmmaker from Monroe Township, New Jersey. After a successful international festival run in 2014, his first feature film, The Backseat, acquired distribution with Osiris Entertainment. The Backseat is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, PlayStation, and many other major digital platforms. The film picked up awards at the Manhattan Film Festival and The International Indie Gathering, as well as several other festivals.
He’s also directed music videos and several short films including a fan film adaptation of the Vertigo Comic series Y The Last Man, the horror-comedy Jesus Christ!, and the true life drama Bruce’s Garden, starring Primetime Emmy winner and two-time Tony Award nominee André De Shields. His 2009 short film A Bloody Mess, starring SAG Award winner Robert Clohessy, screened at festivals across the United States, and won multiple awards at the Kent Film Festival and the Five Towns College Film Festival.
His next feature film The Lost Year is set to begin production this summer in Texas.
Praise for The Backseat:
“A realistic and entertaining take on a teenage romantic dramedy” – Mark Bell, Film Threat
“The Backseat is a stand out in a sea of formulaic coming of age rom-coms.” – Rachel Willis, ScreenRelish
“If we were to really try to remember what we felt back when we were kids, when every little problem harbored the end of the world, we find that O’Leary has really done something remarkable with The Backseat.” – Tyler Smith, Battleship Pretension