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Meet Ryan Culver of The Education of a Negro in Uptown Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Culver.

Ryan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Philando Castile was murdered by a cop on July 6, 2016. A year later, the cop was acquitted. I was angry and frustrated with the verdict and since all of this happened in my hometown, I wanted to say something. I knew I needed to do more than just post on social media. So, I wrote a screenplay. That led to an acting class and table reads here in Dallas that led to auditioning and production out in LA. The final product is the feature film The Education of a Negro, which will premier in Dallas on August 26th at The Texas Theater.

Has it been a smooth road?
Lots of struggles, not least of which is that I knew nothing about making movies. But I’m studious, disciplined and have a strong level of belief in my talents and abilities. So, I did what I always do. I studied, listened, learned then built a plan! It was designed to steer me through the many pratfalls that come with producing a film. One of which was managing creative people. I spent the last 15 years in Corporate America and leading and managing teams there is a world away from managing creatives. It was challenging but working with actors ultimately boils down to personality so if you listen more than you talk and work with them instead of telling them you can overcome any creative differences. Also if that doesn’t work you can always fire them (that’s a joke!).

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Education of a Negro story. Tell us more about it.
Harstco Moving Pictures is a film production company. We make movies… plain and simple. We aim to tell stories that Hollywood won’t in a way that the family will love!

What sets us apart is authenticity. Hollywood is full of copycats and yes-men. That works when you’re making abstract films like The Avengers. But that doesn’t work well when you’re looking to tell real stories about black people’s experiences.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I can’t say too much b/c we have a full business plan based on where we think the industry is headed. The key to success is skating to where you think the puck WILL BE, not where it currently is.

We think the preceding 5-years and the next 10 years through 2030 will represent a MAJOR shift in the Media+Entertainment industry. Not just films, but TV, radio and internet. As a businessman, you salivate over these shifts because it’s the perfect time for an entrepreneur to hop-in the ring and mix it up with the incumbents. Think back to the 1980s when both cable TV and VHS revolutionized home entertainment. Thousands of young businessman stepped into the ring and made their fortunes during this time. We believe 2015 to 2030 will be that and we’re lacing up our gloves.

Pricing:

  • Tickets for our show at The Dallas Theater range from $7.99 to $9.99

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