The origins of the movie date back to the early 2000's, when Ryan (writer/director) was writing music and performing at bars in Wilmington, NC. As a kid in his early 20's (and loving it), most of the writing had to deal with drinking and getting into trouble. The songs tended to have an explicitly humorous flair and went over well with rowdier crowds.
It wasn't until 2007, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, that some of those songs were worked into the narrative of a screenplay.
CUT TO: SEPTEMBER 2013 - After working as a freelance editor and sound recordist in New York, a tragic accident left Ryan with just enough money to make Bar Songs into a feature film.
With the help of producers, Scott Newberry (a fellow classmate from UNCSA) and Parin Sarasin (an ambitious young filmmaker, met on a chance ride back from Bonnaroo in 2012), production starts.
Along with lifelong friend and cinematographer/executive producer, Jonathan Ellison, production starts right before Thanksgiving.
15 days of soundtrack recording, 24 days of production, and countless days of prep and post later, Bar Songs is completed.