Ryan McKenna


Cranks is a city symphony focused on several different characters living in the sleepy isolated town of Winnipeg. Formally, the film emulates the aesthetic of a photo album – each new scene a black & white tableau vivant of a new character and setting. Connecting the various characters is the letters they all wrote – very odd ones – to Peter Warren, the radio host of the infamous Action Line program, which was broadcast throughout Canada from 1971-1998. Cranks explores how journalists like Peter Warren, who pioneered an accusatory and belligerent style of reporting, how this angry way of tackling issues has trickled down into our culture, and has affected and emboldened real lives.


  • VIFF - Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2019.
  • WNDX - Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Canada, 2019.
  • FNC - Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal, Canada, 2019.
  • RVQC - Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, Canada, 2020

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Director: Ryan McKenna

Script: Ryan McKenna

Cast: Terra Hazelton, Louis Negin, Bahia Watson, Darcy Fehr, Tony Porteous, Kelley Hirst, Brandon Oakes

DOP: Ryan Simmons

Sound: Joel Mirau, Jesse Dune-Smith

Editing: Ryan McKenna

Sound: Tyler Fitzmaurice

Art direction, costumes: Becca Blackwood

Production: Ryan McKenna, Rebecca Blackwood


Originale: Anglais


HD, 1:85, 5.1
DCP, Pro Res

Ryan McKenna
Ryan McKenna

Ryan McKenna is a Canadian filmmaker, whose works have been featured on the Criterion Channel, along with the MoMA. His feature films include The First Winter (2012), Le coeur de madame Sabali (2015), Cranks (2019) and Late Night Walks (2022).

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