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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Monday, April 07, 2008

Samah Tokmachi's Missing Pieces


I had the privilege of getting to know Samah Tokmachi when he was a film student in Chicago. We were quite close for a long time, both members of a shared community of musicians, activists and students united by common values and the search for truth. We lost touch for a bit, but we both ended up in California. He worked at MTV News in Santa Monica in the same building where I worked, but a couple of years after I had moved on to other things. Now he's got a movie starring Jordan Belfi ("Entourage") and Rainn Wilson ("The Office") called Missing Pieces in the MySpace sponsored Now Film Festival. Check it out.

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