Ryan Swen is a freelance film critic and a cinema and media studies MA candidate at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Seattle Film Critics Society and holds an undergraduate degree in cinema and media studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. With Dan Molloy, he co-hosts the Catalyst and Witness podcast. Additionally, he creates short films.


Ryan Swen
newsnayr@gmail.com | rswen@usc.edu | taipeimansions.com
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  • Pursuing a masters degree in Cinema and Media Studies
  • Focused writer on all manner of topics related to film
  • Erudite yet readable and concise style
  • Strong ability to meet deadlines


Freelance Critic, 2016-present

  • Frequently writes for at Taipei Mansions (personal site), Seattle Screen Scene (staff writer), and The Film Stage
  • Has contributed to the BFI website, Hyperallergic, In Review Online, and the Brooklyn Magazine Film Section
  • Member of the Seattle Film Critics Society

Archivist, 2019-present

  • Assistant archivist intern for the USC Warner Bros. Archive and the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive

Volunteer Programmer and Copy Writer, 2017-2019

  • Wrote program descriptions for the Northwest Film Forum
  • Assisted in programming and writing the descriptions for the experimental shorts section at the 2017 Local Sightings Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum

Filmmaker, 2017-present

  • Writer, director, editor, and cinematographer of numerous short films
  • “Pictures at an Excavation” (2018; shot, edited, directed) in the experimental shorts official selection at the 2018 Local Sightings Film Festival


  • Pursuing an MA in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California (2018-present)
  • BA in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle (2015-2018)


  • Writing
  • Editing/Proofreading
  • Fact-checking


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