Ryan Sarnowski wears many hats – director, producer, editor, photographer, visual artist, educator, Quaker, father, husband, friend…
His work is comprised of documentaries, installations, video essays, fictional films, and photography. Central to his work are questions about permanence vs. impermanence, the role of the individual in society, our personal relationship to history, and the pursuit of the transcendental. His goal as an artist is to make people re-think their relationship to the world.
Ryan spends most of his days serving as the co-director of doc|UWM, a documentary media center with in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Film Department. He works side-by-side with students, acting as both instructor and producer on a variety of short and long form documentary projects. doc|UWM bridges academics with real world experience and gives students the unique opportunity to work on professional productions before graduating. The work Ryan and his students produce help non-profit groups communicate their stories through documentary means and raise awareness about a variety of contemporary political and social issues.
When Ryan is not consumed with teaching or pulling together productions at doc|UWM, he is working on a variety of personal projects, including his newest feature length documentary – The Last of the Lawsonomists.