Ryan Koo co-wrote, directed, shot, and edited the “urban western” web series The West Side, which won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series. Filmmaker Magazine heralded the series as “ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the Web,” and named him one of their 25 New Faces of Film. Koo has shot for Focus Features, The Workbook Project, and Ralph Lauren; he has written for Filmmaker Magazine and Weblogs, Inc.; and he has served as Senior Designer for Rhapsody and MTV. His films have been official selections at several film festivals nationwide, he was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 3 (which is also when he made his first million).* His web site NoFilmSchool focuses on DIY filmmaking and independent creativity.
*Just kidding about the Nobel and the first million — or any million for that matter.
Photo by Mario Torres.