Ryan Gregory Phillips moves giant boulders and leaves no stone unturned. This podcast details the monomaniacal focus necessary to get things done the right way. He and Desmond explore the film festival avenues, the dos and don'ts, and the in-betweens.
A graduate of the Long Island University's Film program, Phillips went on to study Media Arts at South Carolina University. A director and self-taught cinematographer, Phillips takes on the additional role of producer within The Paradise Collective, as well as acting as artist management for several of the collective's members.
He has over fifteen national and international awards with short format films, which have led to other music video and feature film productions. Phillips' work within The Collective includes the latest music video for Neon Hitch, Sparks, which has been featured on the front page of Vevo, as well as MTV. His music video for Eriel Indigo's Innocence premiered on Revolt TV. He directed a commercial spot for Kahlua, featuring Jeff Bridges while filming the new skateboarding documentary for VICE sports. His newest endeavor is his terrifying psychological thriller "Shortwave." Written & directed by Phillips the story is about Josh and Isabel Harris, who after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel's health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home. The film is slated to be finished March 31st and take the festival circuit by storm. Phillips is also involved in multiple TV and online publications which he is actively directing as well as acting post supervisor on.
Ryan Gregory Phillips conceived The Paradise Collective as a sanctuary for like-minded, dedicated artists to create, collaborate and find financial success through their work. An award-winning filmmaker, Phillips created a collaborative environment for artists to work freely and build their brand, fostering a blend of business ethics and creativity. Knowing the struggle of working a day-job to pay for your art, Phillips, a former bartender, wanted nothing more than to make art and make money from his craft. This desire is what motivated him to develop a haven for artists, a community dedicated to nurturing artists and their success.
Phillips draws upon his own professional experiences to mentor and motivate the artist members of The Paradise Collective. He endeavors to help them find the shortest distance between concept and success. He advocates for artistic awareness, preparedness and patience. He places a strong emphasis on maintaining a 'ready for anything' mentality. Phillips' own idea of paradise; the ability to continually create, while caring for family and friends with no financial worries, easily explains his choice of name for The Paradise Collective. It is a goal he set not only for himself, but also for artists with whom he collaborates.