Most recently, Bryan directed the big screen adaptation of Jay Johnson’s Tony® Award winning Broadway play, JAY JOHNSON: THE TWO AND ONLY! The film was released on Pay-Per-View in over 55 million homes and then released on DVD and world wide by Pop Twist Entertainment and MVD.
Previously, Bryan directed his third film, the comedy documentary I’M NO DUMMY, the first feature length documentary on ventriloquism. I’M NO DUMMY was the hit of the Seattle International Film Festival where it debuted before getting picked up by Salient Media and NBC/Universal. In 2015, the documentary was re-released in a Limited Edition Two-Disc set with Directors Commentary and over two and one half hours of extras. It received a world wide release in 2016.
Bryan’s first feature film was ALONG FOR THE RIDE, which won Best of Fest – First Feature at the Saguaro Film Festival International. The film was distributed by Fabrication Films.
In addition. Bryan directed the critically acclaimed short film, THE SECOND ROOM. THE SECOND ROOM received the Gold Award at the Charleston International Film Festival and was one of only five shorts accepted for the AFI-Los Angeles International Film Festival.
Bryan became interested in film at a very young age, first buying a Super 8 camera and making short films with his friends. Later using an old Bolex 16mm crank camera they made a short surreal film entitled, LOOSE FITTING DRESSES ARE EASIER TO GET INTO. The film, influenced by the likes of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, had nothing to do with dresses, loose fitting or otherwise.
From 1984 to 1993, Bryan was the Founder and Artistic Director for the Chicago area STAGE TWO THEATRE COMPANY.