Ryan is a filmmaker and the creative director of Saving Daylight Productions, which creates documentary media for clients and develops original projects. His recent work has been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, and Gawker, among others. He is also a contributor for This American Life
. He is currently directing his first feature length documentary, The Audacity of Louis Ortiz.
Before starting Saving Daylight, Ryan worked at the PBS science series NOVA, where he produced Musical Minds,
a documentary about the effects of music on the brain featuring Dr. Oliver Sacks that critics called "revealing."
He recorded over 300 audio interviews for StoryCorps
, the NPR oral history project, and launched their podcast in 2007. His work has screened at the IFC Center, DOCNYC, the Imagine Science Film Festival and numerous live performances. Murdock’s directorial debut, Power Surge
, won Best Animation at the 2004 Flicker Film Festival. He holds a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Entrepreneurship Program
. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
. The New York Times recently said Murdock “defies categorization,”
which he considers a compliment.