Filmmaker Shane Ryan begins production on the controversial drama, Trash Kids (starring newcomer Kade Tabin). The film follows a group of teenagers, set in a small American town during lockdown. Already lacking much to do, the few places the teens can go to get shut down. Eventually their isolation and boredom lead them down a dark path, where the idea of committing unspeakable crimes barely affects them. 'We've had more people die by homicide in our town this year than by Covid,' says Ryan. 'It's crazy, because our city is only about 1-2 miles long, so I can take you down nearly every block and point out a shooting or stabbing incident. There's been about 7 in the past year all within a couple blocks of where I'm filming this movie.'
After he wraps Trash Kids he plans to film Sasebo (executive produced by Kelley Daniel). Sasebo is a Japanese language film about two true crimes committed by kids in Sasebo, Japan. 'There were two separate similarly gruesome murders in this town in Japan,' says Ryan. 'There's the Sasebo slashing, where an 11-year-old murdered her classmate at their elementary school. And then there's the Sasebo schoolgirl murder, where a 15-year-old murdered her classmate at her home. I'll be focusing mostly on the schoolgirl murder since we're filming this on no-budget. It will be more like Roman Polanski's Repulsion meets Takashi Miike's Audition.' Ryan plans on filming any exteriors in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, unless he can find a budget to film in Japan.
Ryan's no stranger to true crime stories. He gained some notoriety on the indie scene for his film, My Name is A by anonymous, about Alyssa Bustamante, who was 15-years-old when she murdered her 9-year-old neighbor. Ryan's also working on a trilogy called Ted Bundy Had a Son. It's a follow up to his APSKiller trilogy from 2007-2009. The lead character in the series, Brandon, was molded after Ted Bundy. 'I've had a fascination with killers since I first saw Bundy speak on camera. I just couldn't comprehend it; he was so calm, so nice, so charismatic. It terrified me more than anything I'd ever seen,' says Ryan. 'There just became this need to understand. We look at killers as monsters, as inhuman. But they're not. They're people. With jobs, hobbies, lives, relationships. It's hard to accept that, but it's true. I find it to be haunting and captivating cinema.'
Ryan's been producing over 40 projects during lockdown, including films with Tommy Wiseau (James Franco's The Disaster Artist), Bai Ling (The Crow), Corey Feldman (The Goonies), Tara Reid (American Pie), Robert LaSardo (Clint Eastwood's The Mule), Kevin Gage (Michael Mann's Heat), Michael Pare (Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides), Costas Mandylor (Saw franchise), Lew Temple (Tony Scott's Unstoppable), Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), James Duval (Independence Day), Jason Flemyng (Guy Ritchie's Snatch), and Academy Award winning producer Jonathan Sanger (David Lynch's The Elephant Man, Tom Cruise's Vanilla Sky).
Ryan's work can be found at https://www.madsincinema.com/
Source: Mad Sin Cinema - 8058650603
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