Scott Ryan

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Green Festival 2016 Community Award!

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Calling all L.A. / O.C. non profits! I’m a member of the host committee for the Green Festival & they reminded us today that the 2016 Community Award deadline is August 12th for the Los Angeles event! The award is given annually in each Green Festival event city, often to a very forward thinking community non-profit organization […]

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The American Dreamer(s)

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It’s not often that I write about new documentaries. The trends in our genre are clearly cut today. The experimental and groundbreaking works still exist, but are largely relegated to museums and the internet.That said, the film I want to discuss is not really “new.” It’s just finally being re-released. It’s called The American Dreamer […]

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The Green Festival is NOW!

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It hasn’t been long since I revisited the program from last year’s festival. This year I’m on the host committee, so it’s my duty (and my right!) to tell you about what’s cooking! The Festival started today and goes through this Sunday. Details are here. This years festival has a more local focus, which is […]

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Green Festival 2015

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As this years conferences and festivals approach (several have obviously already passed) I decided to post about my presentation at the Green Festival last year. I’m on the host committee this year, so I suggested a couple of things including a section of the festival focused on breaking/local issues. I’d say more about the specifics […]

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Monkey Wrench Launch!

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I’ve been building something for awhile now and it’s finally time to tell people about it! It’s a non profit focused agency which will produce PSA’s and issue documentaries. It’s called Monkey Wrench. My experience working on the 5 Gyres Institute PSA during the past year was awesome. If you haven’t already heard, the state […]

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5 Gyres Institute Microbead PSA!

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I recently made a PSA covering the effects of Microbeads on humans, our freshwater/ocean waters, and the aquatic creatures who live there. We had an amazing crew and we filmed it all in one day! The story is pretty incredible as I interviewed Marcus Eriksen (Co-founder of 5 Gyres) a few years ago about appearing […]

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Moviemaker Magazine Interview

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A nice interview i did with Beth Portello was featured in her article, Social Action Films that Matter: Scott Ryan: Promotional campaigns always set the success for films. First the film has to be amazing or at least controversial/compelling.  Awards and celebrity endorsements, no doubt, have a huge effect on the virality and eventual viewing of any […]

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Keystone XL – Deny the Permit

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This is a quickly written comment urging the U.S. State Department to deny the permit to build the northern border section of the Keystone XL pipeline. Make your comment here by March 7th. I’m writing to urge you to deny this permit. There are several reasons why the approval of such a permit is a bad […]

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Social Media Platforms for Activists

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I want to preface my writing with one note: I want these platforms to work. I really do. So much so that I’ve considered creating my own. So much that I’ve waited years for the well publicized platforms to roll out and…only go halfway. Let’s face it, Facebook often doesn’t work for activism. It’s a […]

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Oh Black Friday of Death

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Maybe you didn’t catch it. Who am I fooling — how could you have missed it? Talking down Black Friday is all the rage this year! At least it is amongst those who’ve finally woken up from their slumber to realize what a game and general waste of collective time it is. Unfortunately these folks are a […]

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