Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Ryan Craver

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: Mooresville, NC
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Ryan Craver is a filmmaker who draws from the deep well of his Southern upbringing and the irreverent, experimental legacy of queer cinema to inspire new notions of the American family. His most recent short, Sound to Sea, examines the intersection of queer identity and teenage hormones and received audience awards at both the Atlanta and New Orleans film festivals.

His feature projects and short films have received support from the Tribeca Film Institute, SFFILM, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Craver is currently developing his first short, Truck Slut ('Best Emerging Filmmaker' special mention at the 2019 Palm Springs ShortFest), as a TV series and programming narrative features for the New Orleans Film Festival.

At MacDowell, Craver wrote a feature screenplay, developed episodes for a narrative TV series, and compiled loose feelings for a new horror film about grief.

Portrait by Ryan Craver



Ryan Craver worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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