Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna

Canada

What I personally find most interesting is simultaneously exploring the humor and sadness of a situation. My sound mixer likes to say of my films: “It’s not not funny.

Ryan McKenna is based out of Montreal, Canada. He was born in the francophone city of Saint Boniface, and studied history at the University of Winnipeg. His films include the award winning shorts BON VOYAGE (2009), CHINATOWN (2009), and CONTROVERSIES (2014). His debut feature THE FIRST WINTER (2012), sparked the Brutalist Manifesto, which includes a strict rule about including at least one (unfaked) blizzard – a true test of Canadian courage. THE HEART OF MADAME SABALI (2015) is McKenna’s second feature, awarded the Festival du Nouveau Cinema’s Grand Focus Prize.