Because I like Shane Ryan, and because I know he has taken a lot of heat over this, I decided to post one of the trailers here. (He sent me a DVD some time ago with three trailers for it on it, but I'm not savvy enough to get it off the DVD.) If you Google him in conjunction with this film you are going to see a lot of misrepresentation of him and his work. Ryan courts controversy not because he's controversial, but because he makes films that make people uncomfortable.
I've known Ryan for a few years now, from way back in his short film days, from before he was being bounced around on the news like a transgressive pinball. He is not the monster the media has made him out to be. In fact, he's a damn nice guy. You can find interviews with him and his actors on Film Threat and on this blog. Again, he is not a monster.
What is interesting, though, is that for all the heat he's taken (and he's taken more than most people could stand), there are comments on the Youtube trailers that are far worse than anything he's ever created. Perhaps the media's focus is a bit off target. It usually is. Ryan is proof of that.
Ryan is an actor and a filmmaker. He is epitome of the nice kid down the street. He is misunderstood. Misrepresented. Misquoted. He is a filmmaker whose films press all the right buttons. They aren't usually meant to be entertainment. He is making a statement with them, and he does it in a way that often causes people to feel like they've been put through a grinder. Without further ado, here is a trailer for Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave. Save your hate mail. He's heard it all before.
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