Ryan Whittier Scores PBS Short Films

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on March 1, 2015, no comments

Ryan Whittier created the score music for a series of short documentary films supporting the three-part, six-hour “CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies” documentary.  The series is based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, and is scheduled to air on PBS in spring of 2015.  Ken Burns is the Executive Producer, and Barak Goodman is the Director and Producer.  Subjects of the short films Ryan scored include Suleika Jaouad, Dr. Jose Baselga, Terrence Howard, Angelo Merendino and many others.  Find out more about the project here.

Ryan Whittier Scores Short Film “August Heat”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on October 6, 2014, no comments

Here’s the trailer for the short film August Heat, starring Mark Jude Sullivan (One Life to Live, As The World Turns) and Jarlath Conroy (True Grit, Day of the Dead, Kinsey), which received its world premiere screening at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and was officially selected to screen at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in LA, Savannah Film Festival, Zero Film Festival NY, Garden State Film Festival, and Soho International Film Festival.  Ryan Whittier created the score music for the film.  “August Heat”, directed by Matthew James Thompson, is based on the chilling short story of the same name by W.F. Harvey.

Ryan Whittier Scores Official Ken Burns iPad App

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on February 10, 2014, no comments

KenBurnsAppLOGOThe official Ken Burns iPad App is now available at the iTunes store.  Ryan Whittier provided score music for multiple segments within the app.  From the app description on the iTunes Store: “This app is not a collection of Ken’s filmography—it’s an entirely new way of looking at American history, only available on iPad.  Ken has been producing documentaries for over three decades, including such films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Prohibition and Mark Twain. Now, he has returned to this body of work and selected scenes illustrating recurring themes in American history.”

Ryan Whittier Scores “Miracle on 22nd Street”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on December 24, 2010, no comments

Here’s a link to the short documentary film ‘Miracle on 22nd Street’, as featured on The New York Times home page on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 2010:

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Miracle on 22nd St from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.  Ryan Whittier composed and recorded all the music in the three days leading up to the debut of this true story of a genuine Christmas mystery by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason of Redglass PicturesVimeo creator Blake Whitman generously gave a personal shout-out to the documentary, as well as to the music in its own right.

Ryan Whittier Scores “Before Forever Changes”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on February 21, 2014, no comments

NTI_logoRyan Whittier provided score music for a new film featuring former United States Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.  In the film, titled Before Forever Changes, Mr. Perry endeavors to “promote greater public awareness about nuclear weapons and engage more people in acting to mitigate the growing threat they pose to humanity”.  The William J. Perry Project produced the film and is sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington, DC.

Ryan Whittier Composes New Solo Piano Works

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on August 5, 2013, no comments



Ryan Whittier is composing and compiling a small collection of short solo piano works.  Some are brand new, and some are from recent years.  The moods of the pieces are generally nostalgic, wistful and contemplative – some with a touch of mystery – and the compositional style is exceptionally sparse.  Some of the pieces create a feeling of moving in slow motion.

Ryan Whittier Wins ASCAP Plus Awards

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on October 18, 2012, no comments

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Ryan Whittier has received ASCAP Plus Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for his film scoring work. The ASCAP Plus Awards recognize creative contributions to American music.  The program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of ASCAP’s performance surveys.

AFI Discovery Channel SilverDocs 2011 Selects “Miracle On 22nd Street”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on June 20, 2011, no comments



The AFI | Discovery Channel SilverDocs Documentary Festival officially selected Miracle On 22nd Street to be one of the short films screened at the 2011 festival.  This film has received a number of accolades, and Ryan had a great time composing and recording the music for it.

Ryan Whittier Scores 14 Short Films for NMAJH Only In America Hall of Fame

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on November 26, 2010, no comments





Ryan Whittier composed, performed, and recorded the music for 14 short films at the National Museum of American Jewish History’s Only In America Hall of Fame exhibit in Philadelphia.  The museum’s grand opening to the public was November 26, 2010, and the Only In America biographical films are located on the museum’s first floor. The permanent exhibit was conceived and produced by Local Projects, and the films were directed, shot, and edited by Redglass Pictures.  Biographies include Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Brandeis, Albert Einstein, Mordecai Kaplan, Sandy Koufax, Esteé Lauder, Emma Lazarus, Isaac Leeser, Golda Meir, Jonas Salk, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Rose Schneiderman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Henrietta Szold, and Isaac Mayer Wise.


Learn more about the National Museum of American Jewish History here: http://nmajh.org/