Ryan Little: Mormon Filmmaker
T. Ryan Little is an award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer, director, and producer. He cofounded Go Films production company with Adam Abel in 2002 and created feature films Saints and Soldiers (2003), Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed (2012), and Saints and Soldiers: Into the Void (2014), Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy (2006), Forever Strong (2008), and Freetown (2015). Saints and Soldiers won best picture in more than fourteen film festivals around the world.
Little directed Everything You Want, based on a play by Natalie Prado. His project was sold to ABC Family (Disney distribution) and was released on video/DVD in April 2006. He also directed War Pigs (2015), Age of Dragons (2011), and House of Fears (2007).
He was a cinematographer for The Home Teachers (2004), The RM (2003), and The Singles Ward (2002), all appealing to an LDS market. Little is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the director of the BYUtv original-scripted series "Extinct," a series that Johnston and Orson Scott Card wrote. The show begins 400 years after the extinction of the human race, when a small group of humans are given the chance to restart their lives. “Extinct” follows the journey of Ezra, Feena, and Abram who are Reborns who have been restored to the prime of their lives by an alien civilization called Originators.
Little was born on March 28, 1971, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His first exposure to the film industry was on a television show called 21 Jump Street, where he was an extra. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in film. He was presented with a Student Emmy and the Jimmy Stewart Memorial Award at the 1999 Academy of Television Arts & Science College Television Awards, for the short film The Last Good War (1999) in the category of “Best Dramatic Film.”