Ryan Fleck

Also Known As: Ryan K. Fleck

Biography: Ryan Fleck (born September 20, 1976) is an American film director, cinematographer, editor, and screenwriter best known for directing and writing the 2006 film Half Nelson and the 2008 film Sugar. He is also famous for his collaborations with fellow filmmaker Anna Boden. Fleck was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Berkeley and Oakland, California. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied film. At this time he met Anna Boden on the set of a student film and, after he finished his thesis short film Struggle, they began dating and decided to collaborate. Together they made the short documentaries Have You Seen This Man? and Young Rebels before they wrote and he directed the short film Gowanus, Brooklyn, a sample feature aiming to attract potential financiers to their undeveloped script, Half Nelson. The short won a prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and Fleck and Boden were subsequently invited to the Sundance Writer’s Lab to receive professional feedback on the Half Nelson screenplay. Half Nelson was well received by critics and got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for Ryan Gosling.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Young Rebels (2012 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck).

Struggle (2002);
Have You Seen This Man? (2003 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck);
Gowanus, Brooklyn (2004);
Young Rebels (2005 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck);
Half Nelson (2006);
Sugar (2008 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck);
In Treatment (2009);
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck);
The Big C (2011 – Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck).