Ryan Mains was born in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, and began making movies as a kid on his parent’s 8mm video camera.
When a hand injury during high school squashed Ryan’s goal of pursuing a career in music, Ryan found solace in writing and directing one act plays and making short films. The hand eventually healed, but Ryan had been bitten by the film bug. After graduation, he attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art Design and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.
In 2007, Ryan received a Kickstart Award from the Directors Guild of Canada to produce and direct his short film The Collinwood Campaign. It won the Audience Favorite Award at the DC Shorts Film Festival and was voted Best Short Film by a Pacific Northwest Filmmaker at the Eugene International Film Festival.
Ryan’s first feature film, the 2008 comedy Of Golf and God, was loosely inspired and funded by his job as a pizza delivery guy during university. Of Golf and God has played to packed audiences at festivals across North America and was awarded Best Feature Comedy at the Eugene International Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Beloit International Film Festival – no small feat for a self funded feature on a $15,000 budget.
He has been mentored by acclaimed American television director Bobby Roth on the set of Prison Break, and by Canadian directors Andrew Currie of Fido and Jonathan Tammuz of The Child Eater.
Ryan and producing partner Suzan Derkson own Politically Incorrect Entertainment and have the features Melting and A Beautiful Wasteland in development with the assistant of Telefilm and Corus Entertainment.
The pair have also produced two public service announcements for the Focus Foundation in conjunction with Circle Productions, a series of commercials for Lighthouse Brewing, and a music video for Ryan’s sister Marnie Mains.
Ryan’s recent directing projects include music videos for National Revenue, Kaz Piech, a video installation for Bosa Properties Lido development, numerous promotional spots for TSN, and seven episodes of the APTN lifestyle series, Wild Food.
Wild Food is the antidote to boring, unhealthy food. Host Tracey Bonneau takes viewers on an adventure every week, hunting for big game, fishing for wild salmon, digging for little known edible roots and berries, and then turning those healthy foods into a spectacular meal.