Ryan Craver is a New York-based filmmaker originally from Mooresville, North Carolina. His work examines queerness’s place in the Southern family, and he enjoys playing with narrative form, genre, and ideas of good taste. TRUCK SLUT, his first short, premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival and received honorable mentions in the emerging filmmaker categories at both Palm Springs International Shortfest and Indie Grits Film Festival. In May, Ryan will graduate from Columbia University’s film MFA, where his thesis short SOUND TO SEA(in post-production) received support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. Both SOUND TO SEA and his feature project TADPOLE consider the intersection of queer ecology and teenage hormones. Ryan holds an MA in English from North Carolina State University and a BA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors with a thesis on gay school stories and Harry Potter fanfiction.