Ryan Stevens Harris is an award-winning filmmaker and exhibited artist. He grew up in North Carolina and Ohio, never far from the red glow of his mother's dark room, sketching on his drawing board and inventing stories. Later he followed his passion for images and story by pursuing filmmaking, both in London and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. From there he founded Fire Trial Films and lensed the award-winning supernatural horror film, "Finale", utilizing various film stocks and an eclectic fleet of cameras to achieve a grungy film-found-in-an-attic aesthetic. Harris' directorial debut, "Virus X", a claustrophobic tech-noir shot on a shoestring budget in ten days, was released by Lionsgate in 2011. In 2016, Harris directed "Whisper", an animated music video for the indie band Playing to Vapors that was featured in a special showcase at SXSW.
Like his films, Harris' artworks employ controlled organic energy. Intricate combinations of paint, charcoal and collage create a tactile, layered effect - the abstracted drawings blending or disappearing into the background like shells or ghosts remembered.
Currently Harris is in post on his next feature, "Moon Garden", a lush dark fantasy shot on expired 35mm film stock with vintage lenses.