Ryan Mekenian is an Armenian-American writer/director based in his hometown of Los Angeles. His screenplay, The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair, was named a quarterfinalist at the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and won the 2021 Screenwriting Discovery Award Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
He directed the short documentary, Spokespeople, about L.A.’s bicycling communities, winning Best Film for Change at the Bolton International Film Festival, Best Doc Short First Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and Best Short Documentary at the Arpa International Film Festival. Spokespeople screened at 30 additional festivals worldwide, including the Edmonton International Film Festival, the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, & the American Pavilion's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
Ryan's aim is to direct the kind of movies that inspired him as a kid — true stories that convey honest, complex portrayals of the American dream. He completed his masters in Film & T.V. Production at the U.S.C. School of Cinematic Arts.