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Katherine Walsh Ryan

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  • President
    Ryan Film Institute
  • President and Founder
    Ryan Film Institute
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Countess and Count Dracula, left to right, Katherine and Philip Ryan, with dinner guest Countess Isabella, portrayed by Tricia Lynn Strader.
Writer/director/actor (Countess Dracula) Katherine Walsh Ryan said the year is approximately 1930-500 years after the birth of Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, in the medieval town of Sighisoara, Romania.
Ryan said, "The Transylvanian-born ruler hails from the same town as my mother and relatives.
Ryan, who wears many tiaras as President/Founder of Ryan Film Institute, said this is the 8th annual fundraiser, and it is essential to provide funding for student scholarships for the Teen Filmmakers' Workshop.
"We like to have fun and convey fun when we're doing fundraising," she said. "It takes a big commitment and people to support youth programs such as this."
This year, Ryan Film Institute provided more than $2,500 in scholarships to Eastern Panhandle students. Ryan and her all-volunteer team of industry experts enjoy teaching and encouraging the next generation of photographers and filmmakers in their creative and vocational pursuits.
She said, "I pray every day for individual and corporate angels who want to support our arts program that serves students in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.
Ryan has garnered West Virginia Film Office scholarship support, and Shepherd University provides classroom facilities for workshops.
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And Katherine Ryan with the Ryan Film Institute was with us to preview the annual Dinner with Dracula fund raiser. Ryan said this year's show has all the favorite elements returning including great food, a cast of spooky characters and attractions like 50/50 and silent auction. This year she also added a mystery theater to the mix.
And Katherine Walsh Ryan, President of the Ryan Film Institute previewed the 6th annual Student Short Film Fest & People's Choice Awards coming up this Saturday evening at 6:30 at Shepherd University's Knutti Hall. Find out more
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Katherine Walsh Ryan, founder of Ryan Film Institute in Martinsburg
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Ryan Film Institute founder and President Katherine Walsh Ryan and Vice President Claiborne B. Lashley, owner of Bright Guys Film & Video, received a check to support student scholarships and equipment for the 2011 Teen Filmmakers' Workshop.
"We are very excited to receive this scholarship support from the West Virginia Film Office. Ryan Film Institute will be able to offer scholarship opportunities to additional students, and purchase equipment so more students have a hands-on experience while learning the art and science of photography and filmmaking," said Ryan.
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The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a red carpet reception followed by viewing of a photography exhibit that will be comprised of both student and instructor exhibits, said Katherine Ryan, president and founder of Ryan Film Institute.
The Film Fest also will include a viewing of a series of commercials, short films and documentaries created by students, followed by voting and an awards ceremony for each of the four categories. The cost is $25 for adults and $17 for students at the door. Ticket prices include a pizza and salad banquet as well as an ice cream sundae bar following the awards ceremony.
Ryan said that the students enjoy the Film Fest, now in its fourth year.
"They get to relax and show off their work and be recognized," she said. "They worked very hard on these projects, and it's really wonderful that they are being recognized."
The idea behind the film institute came about for Ryan as she worked on her master's thesis at Mountain State University back in 2004. She conducted market research and tested a number of different art programs.
"The concept for the teen film projects was very positive," Ryan added.
In 2006, Ryan developed the curriculum for the film institute and its workshops, which include a digital photography class, TV commercials workshop and a four-week short films and documentaries program.
The program is the only one of its kind in the state, Ryan said, and attracts students from areas outside of the Eastern Panhandle including Maryland, Virginia and New York. Mountain State University offered up the space that now contains the film institute's workshop space at Martinsburg Mall. The institute works closely with the university, which also provides equipment for educational use.
"It really works to have an educational facility behind us," Ryan said. "We wouldn't be able to teach these teens without them and their very generous donation of teaching equipment and workshop space. They are an excellent community supporter and resource."
Ryan said that the Film Fest is a great way to end the program for students, and it also provides an opportunity for friends, family and the community.
"There's lots of activities, lots of things to see," she said. "What could be better on a Saturday night?"
Some of the future ideas in the works for the film institute are adult workshops and an after-school program. Ryan Film Institute provides scholarships through fundraising and donations.
"We want this to be available to anyone who is interested in filmmaking," Ryan said. And the program is great for preparing students for a career in the industry. Students have gone on to internships and other art programs or film schools, Ryan added.
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