ABOUT US

Small Group Films is composed of Writer/Director Ryan Daniel Dobson and Producer Suzanne Watson. Having produced several award-winning short films they have now turned their attention to feature films with a strong emphasis on raw, modern retellings of sacred stories.

WHO WE ARE

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Ryan Daniel Dobson

Writer/Director

Ryan Daniel Dobson is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. With a career that began exclusively in acting, Ryan subsequently branched out into the production world with a project sold to Fremantle NorthAmerica and Alloy Ent. in BURDEN OF TRUTH.

To date, he has written and directed several short films, featured at festivals around the world. Ryan recently swept the Napa Valley Film Festival with Audience Choice, Sony, and Jury awards for his films THE ROMANTICS and WEAPONS. Ryan currently has been signed to adapt the play THE BIG WOOP into a screenplay for Alhambra Pictures.



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Suzanne Watson

Producer

Suzanne Watson is an award-winning producer based in Los Angeles. She began her career in special events with the Super Bowl Host Committee in Houston, Texas and has planned and produced major events for Super Bowls, MLB Pre-Game Celebrations, Presidential Inaugural Balls, College Bowl Games and the Presidents Cup. In 2006, she accepted a production position on the New Line Cinema film FULL OF IT. Shortly after filming, she relocated to Los Angeles where she worked as an actor and continued to produce events.

In 2013 she teamed up with Ryan Daniel Dobson to start Small Group Films combining her love for the entertainment industry and experience in film and special event production to launch a new, independent production company. She and Ryan won the Sony 4K Film Challenge at the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival on their first short film WEAPONS. They went back to the Napa Valley Film Festival with their short film BE MY UNFINISHED and are currently in pre-production for their first feature HOSEA.

CURRENT PROJECTS

HOSEA
Status: Pre-production

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Against the backdrop of a rough, midwestern city, this character drama depicts the darkness of prostitution, the resilience of one man's love for a call girl, and the way that the pitch-black parts of life can be illuminated with the light of love, redemption, and self-acceptance.

HOSEA tells the story of Henry Milbrook - a young architect, recently returned to his hometown - and Kate Henson - his childhood sweetheart from the wrong side of the tracks. In the midst of a restaurant renovation in downtown Oklahoma City, Henry is unexpectedly reunited with his lost love. But he discovers that, when their paths parted ways, Kate's life took a much darker turn. Burdened with poverty, and victimized by sexual abuse, Kate turned to cutting (self-mutilation) to cope and, ultimately, prostitution to survive. It is in the midst of this shaking revelation, Henry senses a divine voice telling him to pursue Kate. Their relationship is revived and they marry.

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However, brokenness is resilient and Kate discovers her past is not so easily discarded. One of her johns, Bruce Crawson, turns out to be Henry’s business partner - a secret she keeps from Henry who is frequently at odds with Bruce over business matters. As time passes and the Milbrooks' married life grows into parenthood, Kate discovers a persistent sense that she does not belong in Henry's world.

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Plagued by secrets and a broken sense of self-worth, Kate battles postpartum depression, a renewed drug addiction, and the inability to express her pain except through damage to her own body. Simultaneously, Bruce's frustration for Henry, and his distaste for Kate's presence in his life, makes him want to eliminate Kate from the equation. In a final act of threat and violence, Bruce demands that Kate leave town and nearly suffocates her.

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Shattered, Kate finds herself back on the street. Henry is left to determine if his love is potent enough to seek her out and sacrifice for her again. Ultimately, Hosea is a story that dares to ask if the Light can be brighter than the darkest thing we know. It is the re-telling of a spiritual story entrenched in multiple faith traditions because of its depiction of unconditional love.

PAST PROJECTS

BE MY UNFINISHED

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When a Woman is killed in a car accident she suddenly finds her memory gone and a breathless Angel at her side. The Angel urgently explains that her memory loss means she has some kind of "unfinished business" to resolve before her soul completely departs her body in the next 5 minutes. She must either remember who she is and what she has to do, or be stuck forever in the "in-between."

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CURRENT PROJECTS

THE THICKET
(podcast) Status: In Production

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Imagine a fictional ‘This American Life’ exploring the characters and events of a quirky Twin-Peaks-esque world of Robbinsville, NC. Years ago, the densely forested area around Robbinsville began to yield never-before-seen animal species which, in turn, led to a booming rural zoo industry.

Today, Robbinsville has more zoos per person than any other place in the world: seven within its small city limits and several more in the county.

What the entertainment industry is to Hollywood, zoos are to Robbinsville - now a mecca of animal spectacle. Visitors to the region are able to view newly discovered creatures; Horned Rats, Thunder Crows, Forsythe Leopards, White-Legged Tarantulas, Swan Frogs, the ever-elusive Laser Bat... the list goes on.

With this influx of tourism came money. With money came taxation and government regulation and crime. Now this complex web of power is full of local stories and whispered gossip. Thankfully, there’s a boots-on-the-ground guide to report these local curiosities and exploitations.

PAST PROJECTS

THE ROMANTICS

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The story of two people who love all things classically romantic. The first time he sees her, she's riding a vintage bike, in a skirt, with a baguette in the handlebar basket. The first time she sees him, he's driving a vintage car, smoking a pipe, and checking his pocket watch. But their infatuation quickly turns into dramatic competition as they duel to maintain their position as the Most-Romantic.

Watch The Romantics here: https://www.fandor.com/films/the_romantics

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PAST PROJECTS

WEAPONS

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Winner of the 2013 Sony 4k Challenge, WEAPONS was entirely produced in 50 hours - written, produced, filmed, and edited on provided Sony equipment in just over 2 days.

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WEAPONS tells the story of a couple trapped inside a wine country lodge in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse. Faced with the task of finding a weapon to defend themselves against the plodding Zombie horde, they must make a difficult decision regarding what they are willing to sacrifice in order to survive.

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CONTACT US

We'd love to hear from you!

Ryan Daniel Dobson
Writer/Director
Ryan@smallgroupfilms.com

Suzanne Watson
Producer
Suzanne@smallgroupfilms.com