Film company holding fundraiser for future movies

  • Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield will host a fundraiser for The Ryan Road Company on Saturday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 3/13/2019 4:45:26 PM

Having put its first two films under its belt, The Ryan Road Company is looking toward the future, specifically toward filming its next project, “Ryan Road Story.”

To raise money for production, the company is holding a fundraiser at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Saturday. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., includes food, drinks and screenings of the company’s first two films: 2012’s “The Station,” shot in Northampton and Easthampton, and 2014’s “Melvin,” shot in Springfield, Ashfield and Greenfield.

Following the screenings, producers Christopher Carantit of Ashfield and Tyler Geis, a former Northampton resident who moved to Orlando, Fla., will speak about their plans for “Ryan Road Story,” which is about a filmmaker returning to his hometown after finding out his brother died from a drug overdose.

Geis said he and Carantit founded The Ryan Road Company as a production company for feature length and short films in 2012, naming the business after where Geis grew up in Northampton.

According to Geis, he and Carantit got their start on “The Station” after studying film production in college. The film is about two best friends working a Saturday shift at a gas station, though one is working his last shift before leaving for basic training in the military.

“We were just kids out of college making a little know-nothing movie for $2,000,” Geis recalled.

Their next project, “Melvin,” is about a lonely man who received horrible dating advice from his step-brother, Geis said. He wrote, directed and produced both “The Station” and “Melvin,” also producing a web series called “Brick House” in 2014.

The filmmakers are looking to raise $40,000 for the production of “Ryan Road Story,” and plan to shoot the film later this year if that goal is met.

“If we could do something for a little more money, who knows where we could take it,” Geis said, explaining he hopes the company will not only produce short films on a grander scale, but will expand to produce graphic novels, podcasts and quick projects for the web. Geis wants to keep propelling the business forward and be recognized by more legitimate players in the filmmaking industry.

All the main roles in “Ryan Road Story,” which will be produced primarily in Florence, have already been cast. Some of those actors will attend the fundraiser as well.

Copies of both “The Station” and “Melvin” will be available for purchase for $15, along with T-shirts, also $15. Tickets to the Saturday fundraiser are $20 in advance online at hawksandreed.com or by calling 413-774-0150, and $25 day of show.




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