Ryen McPherson

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Ryen McPherson
Born Ryan Edward McPherson
(1983-07-04) July 4, 1983 (age 31)
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, cameraman, producer
Years active 2001–present
Notable work(s) Bumfights, Indecline Volume 1: It's Worse Than You Think
Home town La Mesa, California

Ryen McPherson (born Ryan Edward McPherson) is an American film director, cameraman and producer. McPherson first came into the public eye after the creation of Bumfights, a film series produced by Indecline, in which homeless men (most notably Rufus Hannah and Donnie Brennan) attempted amateur stunts in exchange for money, alcohol, and other incentives. Despite his public image, McPherson claims that he is straight edge.


Bumfights Vol. 1 – Cause For Concern (2001)[edit]

Main article: Bumfights

Ryen McPherson met Rufus Hannah and Donnie Brennan living on the streets of La Mesa, California when he was 15 and built a relationship with the two, filming footage with them whilst he attended high school. In 2001, the 56-minute film, Bumfights Vol. 1 – Cause For Concern, was released on DVD, produced by McPherson, along with his friends Zachary Bubeck, Daniel J. Tanner, and Michael Slyman.[1]

All those involved in the creation of Bumfights were arrested for various charges after a friend of Rufus and Donnie persuaded them to sue. In 2003, McPherson was sentenced to 280 hours of community service at a homeless shelter. In 2006, the San Diego court system denied an appeal for a second time against jail time from Ryen, concerning an allegend probation violation.[2]

Three more Bumfights volumes were created, however McPherson and his team were not responsible for these, but instead two investors, who went by the pseudonyms Ray Latticia and Ty Beeson, purchased the rights to Bumfights. McPherson stated in an interview that they were "extorting us and doing a bunch of shady shit, so we sold off our rights.[3]" Ty Beeson was seen on TV as arrogant and cocky in an attempt to increase sales even more. Beeson appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil, in which he shaved his hair and dressed identically to Dr. Phil who was meant to be interviewing him, however, Dr. Phil cut the interview short after seeing an intro segment in which Beeson bragged about the little amount he paid the homeless and the millions that he made from them.[4]

Indecline: Vol. 1 "It's Worse Than You Think" (2005)[edit]

Four years after the release of the first volume of Bumfights, McPherson and his Indecline team released 'Indecline: Vol. 1 "It's Worse Than You Think"', a video that strayed away from showing their relationship with the homeless and instead focused mainly on graffiti, street crime, people with mental disabilities and skateboarding segments. The DVD was released in 2005 and came with an Indecline stencil.[5]

Bling Bling: Bling-A-Long (2005)[edit]

In the same year that 'Indecline: Vol. 1' was released, 'Bling Bling: Bling-A-Long' was released, purely following Bling-Bling, a crack addict from the Bumfights series, who is seen at the end of the movie giving the Ryen and the crew the rights to all the money made from the movie and CD for a hit of crack. An enhanced CD, 'Bling Bling Crack Hits' was released alongside the movie, which included songs recorded by Bling-Bling, sound bites from the film, extra videos, games and a screensaver.


  1. ^ "Ryen McPherson Q&A 2". Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ryen Denied". Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vyuz talks to Bumfights creator Ryen McPherson". Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bumfights creator kicked off Dr. Phil". Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Mike The Pod Review: Indecline: "It's Worse Than You Think", Vol. 1". Retrieved April 22, 2012. 

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