"Pleasure Ridge Park" Premieres at Palm Springs International Film Festival



Short film “Pleasure Ridge Park” has made its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s ShortFest. The 19 minute short was written and directed by Ryland Young McIntryre and marks his debut independent film.

SYNOPSIS: C.J. Harrod works full-time as a dishwasher. He makes too much money to live in the subsidized housing where he grew up, but not enough to pay his child support. Feeling pressure from his daughter's mother and the threat of a jail sentence, he navigates his way through small- town middle-America, desperate to pay.

Originally conceptualized in 2015, “Pleasure Ridge Park” is a testament to McIntyre’s meticulous attention to detail and passion for human storytelling. The short film was inspired by Jeffrey A. Wolin’s critically-acclaimed original portrait series, Then and Now. Wolin initially photographed residents in the late 80s and early 90s who were living in the Bloomington, Indiana community, Pigeon Hill, and then returned 20 years later to photograph them again. This project was particularly relevant to the writer and director who was raised in Bloomington, Indiana himself:

The cyclical and, at times, inescapable poverty depicted in this series struck me in a way that I did not expect. I spent so much of my life so close to this neighborhood, but I was living under starkly different circumstances that I was unaware of until much later in life. In leaving the Midwest, moving to New York and beginning work in the film industry, I gained a new perspective on the juxtaposition between communities like Pigeon Hill and the one I grew up in. I realized how suburban areas and small towns can be just as divided in class structure as anywhere else — It's just more subtle and much more difficult to see. And honestly, I find this observation disturbing.

The film was shot in Louisville, Kentucky on an Arri Amira using vintage Leica lenses. McIntyre also retained Midwest-based talent agency, Heyman Talent, who cast all-local actors for the project. Heyman is notably credited with the discovery and original management of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Hunger Games” franchise). Produced by Tommy Schell and Marie Buckingham, the “Pleasure Ridge Park” post-production was completed in New York City—edited by Jake Lane (“Mediterranea,” “Rats”) with color correction by Jamie O’Bradovich of Company Three, who boasts such recent credits as Beyoncé Knowles’ “Lemonade,” HBO’s “High Maintenance,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.”