In his sophomore feature, Ryan Piers Williams stars alongside America Ferrara, Melanie Diaz and Jon Paul Phillips in the character-driven drama centered around four friends living in New York and their interactions with one another as they search for a sense of balance. Mark, Jen, Sylvia and Jake are each caught in an emotionally arrested state of being and their individual attempts to escape it explores the murky web of communication and the stark detours we take to avoid confronting our own vulnerabilities. With raw energy, Williams puts a microscope on the wanton desire we all have to connect with someone, the desperate lengths we'll go to keep that connection, and what happens to us when that connection no longer holds meaning. Sharp and honest performances from the ensemble round out this taut relationship drama.
Length: 83 minutes
Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Screenwriter: Ryan Piers Williams
Producer: America Ferrera, Thomas B. Fore, Jason Michael Berman, Ryan Piers Williams, Kwesi Collisson
Editor: Sabine Hoffman, Sloane Klevin, Marco Perez, Roy Tenhauser
Associate Producer: Miranda Hill, April Kimble
Cinematographer: Pedro Gomez Milan
Executive Producer: Mark G. Mathis, Margo Johnston, Dori Rath Sperko, Paull Cho, Todd Feuer, Mike Feuer, Jason Silverman, Caroline Kaplan, Kim Gillingham
Composer: Fall on Your Sword
Cast: America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams, Melonie Diaz, Jon Paul Phillips, Amber Tamblyn, Common, Dree Hemingway, David Harbour, Adam Rapp, Maria Dizzia, Danny Deferrari, Sue Jean Kim
Ryan Piers Williams was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Williams wrote and directed the feature film The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition, and was released theatrically in 2010. In 2012, Williams produced the feature film Kilimanjaro, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released in 2013. Williams recently wrote, directed, produced, and acted in his second feature film, X/Y.