Local filmmaker, Howard University alum, Emmy Award winning director, and DMVLIFE.com Power Playa Ryan A. Cole has received an Honorable Mention by the New York Metropolitan 2012 Film Festival for his latest short film, Bittersweet.
To celebrate this designation by the film festival, and as a special thanks to his cast, crew, and guest star, Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, Cole will release Bittersweet in a one-day-only sneak preview on the film’s website, BittersweetTheFilm.com on Sunday, July 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.
“I am so honored and humbled to be recognized for Bittersweet by the Metropolitan Film Festival,” says Cole, “but this achievement was only possible because of the support I received from family, friends, and everyone involved in this movie. I am, especially, grateful to “Big Tigger” for taking the time to appear in the film, and for his support over the past few months to help promote it.”
“Even though the movie will be screened as part of the festival, and plans are underway for a local premiere later this summer,” adds Cole, “I wanted to do something special for the cast, crew, and all of my supporters by giving them this sneak preview.” The sneak preview is scheduled to correspond with Sunday’s BET Awards, where “Big Tigger” will serve as host of the show’s pre-show and after party events.
Ryan A. Cole Bio: Cole began his filmmaking career at age fifteen when he attended the New York Film Academy’s filmmaking program for high school students. After completing the program, he established his own film and video produc- tion company, Point Bird Productions, so that he could begin to produce his own films. After high school, Cole attended Howard University as a Film Production major (B.A., Film Production, 2009), where he was involved in over one hundred film and video projects. While a student, Cole’s films received three Howard University Paul Robeson Awards. In 2009, Cole was selected to participate in an internship program with NBC, where he and his fellow interns conceived an idea for a web-based reality show, “The Interns”, and received an Emmy Award for Best Student Production for their work. Cole’s personal body of work includes two full-length feature films and six short films, and he has already begun work on the script for his next full-length feature film.