BAR SONGS is a rock & roll musical comedy, in the tradition of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The film centers around a 30-year old alcoholic, over the course of one weekend, in Astoria, Queens.
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.
01. Drunken Pumpkin (Say It Again)
02. Back at the Plasma Shack
03. Drunk Girls
04. Play With My Jimmy
06. Come On Home With Me Tonight
07. I'm Saving All My Lovin' For a Woman Without Herpes
08. The Black-Outs
10. Wasted & Worthless
11. The 12 Steps
12. I Wanna Get Into Your Pants
Born and raised in the Carolinas (including a 4 year stint at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts,) Ryan moved to New York in 2008. Working as an editor and sound recordist for 6 years, he finally produced and directed his first feature film, Bar Songs, in 2014. He continues to work in production and has since directed a second feature film, The Fairy Godfather, which is in postproduction. Ryan has spent more time than he can remember watching bad TV, swilling booze, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and following the Detroit Pistons.
Jonathan has been working in motion and still images for over 15 years. He holds a degree in film production, completed a cinematography course hosted by the ASC, and has worked in some fashion in every on-set position from PA to director. His main area of expertise is Cinematography and Lighting, with special interest in high-speed and time-lapse work. His secondary expertise is editing, color correction, and motion graphics. Although currently based in Chicago, Jonathan has traveled and worked on 5 of 7 continents. He is a trained scuba diver, sailor, rock climber, snowboarder, improv actor, carpenter, and welder. Additionally, he is an avid backpacker, mountain biker, kayaker, motorcyclist, swimmer, scuba diver, and builder; he's always looking to improve existing equipment or make new gadgets to capture innovative camera angles and effects.
Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Parin is from Bangkok, Thailand. He received a BA in TV Producing from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2011, Parin moved to Brooklyn to pursue a career in media producing in the hope of becoming a great contribution to NY art and culture scenes. He also does drawings, plays bass guitar, and involves in a few wild and creative projects. He's a modern day renaissance man with strong passion for storytelling.
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