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|Ryan Chadwick Avery|
|Born||Ryan Chadwick Avery
|Occupation||Singer, comedian and performance artist|
Avery was born in 1986 and raised in the Mormon religion. He has been diagnosed with hypopituitarism, which causes his youthful appearance. After his parents' 1993 divorce and disciplinary incidents at school, Avery used performance to work out his issues.
Documentary, "Hi My Name is Ryan"
Hi My Name is Ryan is a documentary film about Ryan Avery. The film chronicles some of Ryan's personal struggles, his performances, and his own search for happiness. Salt Lake City filmmakers Paul Eagleston and Stephen Rose directed and produced the film. Most of the footage of Ryan was shot during his final days in Phoenix before his 2-year mission. A trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube.
CineVegas 2008 Film Festival
"Hi My Name is Ryan" had its World Premiere on Jun 14 at the 2008 CineVegas Film Festival before a sold out theater. It was shown twice during the festival which is held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The film was selected as one of only six documentaries in competition to be shown during the 2008 event. Its premiere was heralded in the Phoenix New Times.
"Hi My Name is Ryan" was awarded with the Special Documentary Jury Prize at Cinevegas 2008. It was shown at festivals including the SILVERDOCS Film Festival, the Calgary International Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival.