Ryan Piers Williams
Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Ryan Piers Williams is a filmmaker with over 20 years of experience. Williams attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13, Goodnight and Good Luck, and The Good German.
Williams wrote and directed the feature film, The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition. The Dry Land follows a U.S. soldier returning home from war as he struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas. Produced by Heather Rae (Frozen River), The Dry Land stars Ryan O’nan, America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama and Jason Ritter. The Dry Land won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, the Best International Feature Award at the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival, a Voice Award, and was released theatrically and digitally.
Most recently, Williams wrote, directed, produced, and stars in his second feature film, X/Y, alongside America Ferrera, Melonie Diaz, Common, Amber Tamblyn and Dree Hemingway. X/Y, a drama that looks at the complicated love lives of a group of friends in New York City, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will be theatrically and digitally released in March 2015.
Williams expands upon the themes found in his films through various mediums including paint, photography and video. Williams first solo art show, Monsters & Landscapes, debuted in New York City on January 9, 2015. In addition to filmmaking and painting, Williams spends much of his free time cycling through which he raises money for charities such as the National MS Society.
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