AMATEUR is the lead-in short film for Ryan Koo’s forthcoming narrative feature MANCHILD, which follows a 13 year-old athlete through the competitive world of youth basketball. Koo’s script for MANCHILD was awarded a Tribeca All Access grant by the Tribeca Film Institute; it was selected for IFP’s Emerging Narrative program; and it was selected for IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s first inaugural Emerging Visions program.
Koo’s Kickstarter campaign for MANCHILD was the single most successful narrative film campaign on Kickstarter at the time, raising $125,000 from 2,336 backers. Eleven-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers VP Jeanie Buss backed the project after seeing it on Twitter, and the campaign received “retweets” from several NBA players, including two-time all-star Stephon Marbury.
Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film in 2008, Koo previously co-wrote, directed, shot, and edited the “urban western” web series The West Side, which won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series. He is also the founder of the website nofilmschool, which won Total Film’s Best Creative Blog award.