Ryan Whittier Scores “The American City”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 9, 2016, no comments

Ryan created the score for this short film written & directed by Matthew James Thompson, which was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.  Here’s what Thompson says about the film:  “I’ve always been inspired by the Depression Era photography of Walker Evans and his portrayal of a changing America. Today many American cities are in a similar stage of transition and I was struck by how different the landscapes must have looked just a few years ago. As the trees and plants grow up from the crumbling foundations it’s as if they’re being swallowed back up by the Earth.”

Production Company: North of New York [northofnewyork.com]
Written by: Adam Cote & Matthew James Thompson
Produced by: William Crouse
Directed by: Matthew James Thompson [matthewjamesthompson.com]
Director of Photography: Mikey Van Buren [mikeyvanbeuren.com]
Starring: Jonathan West
Editor: Cory Zapatka
Color: Carlos Flores [carlosfloresfilms.com]
Music: Ryan Whittier [ryanwhittier.com]
Sound Design: Josh Wilson
Archival Footage: The Prelinger Archives

PBS Short Films :: Webby Awards Honoree

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 5, 2016, no comments







Ryan created the score music for “The Story of Cancer – The Emperor of All Maladies”, a series of short documentary films for PBS supporting the larger three-part, six-hour “CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies” feature documentary.  The feature film is based on Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”, and premiered by airing on every PBS television station in America on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2015; Executive Producer: Ken Burns, Director & Producer: Barak Goodman.  Subjects of the short film series Ryan scored include Suleika Jaouad, Dr. Jose Baselga, Terrence Howard, Angelo Merendino and many others.  Find out more about the project here. The short documentary series was created by Redglass Pictures and won the Best Reality/Documentary Series award at the 2015 Brooklyn Web Fest, in addition to being named a 2016 Webby Awards honoree: “Honorees like Redglass Pictures are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,000 entries we received this year.”

Emmy Nomination for Sesame Street’s Autism Series

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 3, 2016, no comments


Sesame Street’s “Autism: See Amazing in All Children!” series has received a 2016 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Interactive Media – Original Daytime Program or Series.  Ryan created custom music scores for four of the featured films in the series, all of which were directed by Matt Bockelman.  Three of the segments are hosted by Abby Cadabby (Thomas’s Story, Nasaiah’s Day, A Sibling Story), and the fourth (Family Friends) is geared more towards a parent’s perspective.  All four videos, along with lots of other content, can be found at http://autism.sesamestreet.org/.

Ryan Whittier Scores Expo Milano

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on September 25, 2015, no comments

2015expo milanoThe USA Pavilion at the 2015 Expo Milano in Italy (May 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015) featured two short films scored by Ryan; the films played 24/7 on a loop, and the USA Pavilion had over 4 million visitors.  The Expo Milano 2015 theme was ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. Produced by Redglass Pictures.

Ryan Whittier Scores “August Heat”

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on April 21, 2015, no comments

2015 PlatinumRemi for AH at Worldfest-HoustonFFAugust Heat, starring Mark Jude Sullivan (One Life to Live, As The World Turns) and Jarlath Conroy (True Grit, Day of the Dead, Kinsey), received its world premiere screening at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival (where it won the Directorial Discovery Award), 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, Soho International Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival.  Directed by Matthew James Thompson, the short film is based on the chilling short story of the same name by W.F. Harvey.  August Heat was awarded a Platinum Remi at the 2015 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.  Music by Ryan Whittier.

Royal Television Society Award Nomination

by Ryan Sayward Whittier on February 3, 2015, no comments


The Royal Television Society nominated the hour-long documentary Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 for a Television Journalism Award.  The film was also awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.  It first aired in the fall of 2014 on Al Jazeera English, and was produced and directed by Marc Shaffer.  Music by Ryan Whittier.

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. Selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

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 Receives 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, 2014, and 2015 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/