Posted at 16:28h
by Kerri O'Malley
Filmmaker Ryan Oksenberg's car waved slightly between the yellow and white lines as the road curled around the steep mountainsides of Topanga Canyon at sunset.
Ryan steered calmly along the twisting roads with a practiced air that made me feel like we were floating rather than driving. While the sun glinted off of the windshield, the red light on my recorder reflected back onto the glass. We were talking about Ryan's latest project, at the time, on our way to a hidden beach near Malibu. He was working on a social outreach docu-series centered around phone booths that he and his friends transformed into temporary havens for Skid Row's homeless. The series, called Life Line Booth
, had just sold to the network Pivot
and was about to air on TV. That was nearly three years ago. Ryan has since moved on from Life Line
, although his interest in telling unique and forgotten stories has carried over to his new projects.