SCRAPS is the culmination of a 10-year journey, largely based on true events and retellings from my own past. Growing up queer in Minnesota made me feel, at times, like an outsider. I didn't always know how to fit in, but I knew how to pretend. This pretending would carry on for years until at age nineteen, I found a community that supported me and allowed me to be my true self.
Director, Writer, Producer
From the rural landscapes of Minnesota and Montana to the vibrant hub of creativity in Los Angeles, Ryan Nordin's journey seamlessly blends his childhood love for the outdoors with a burgeoning passion for film. In 2021, Ryan's artistic prowess as a VFX artist and colorist shone brightly at Stept Studios, where he collaborated with renowned brands such as Oakley, Pepsi, and Samsung. Currently headquartered in Los Angeles, Ryan stands as a founding pillar of Mission Ranch, a thriving production company that has burgeoned into a dynamic team of 15 individuals. At the age of 24, Ryan's indomitable spirit led him to the doors of Sony Pictures, where he pitched "Scraps," a groundbreaking LGBTQ+ summer romance film that he penned himself. Notably, he secured Colton Underwood as a producer for the film. Ryan's screenplay for "Scraps" garnered acclaim and accolades, emerging victorious at prestigious film festivals such as Slamdance and Sidewalk. Ryan is on a mission to illuminate the narratives of underrepresented communities, leveraging the power of storytelling to drive meaningful change. In an alternate reality where film doesn't capture his focus, Ryan Nordin would likely be scaling new heights as a professional rock climber.
Writer, Producer, EP
Matthew Francis is a chef, writer, and producer born in Duluth, Minnesota to a loving family who struggled financially. He grew up reading many fiction/fantasy stories for escapism and watched way too much Food Network to be healthy. Before graduating with his BBA from the Culinary Institute of America, Matthew worked in various restaurants around the country. He also taught himself how to write scripts, direct, film, host, edit, and market digital video by launching his own cooking youtube channel and founding FrancisFilm, LLC. Since then, Matthew has directed and produced over 1,200 recipe videos for multiple major media companies including BuzzFeed, Tasty, Viacom, Jikoni, FOOD & WINE, EatingWell, Allrecipes, and Southern Living. He is the creator, host, and director of his food interview show DinnerViews, which is in its third season. His first fiction novel, PRAX and the Hazardous Countdown, is the start of a six-part YA sci-fi action series. Matthew’s goal in life is to live on an organic farm, make recipe videos, and keep producing diverse LGBTQ+ stories. He aims for his work to make an impact in the lives of real people and support voices that are craving to be noticed.
Producer, Finance, EP
Chance Housley is a Montana native, film producer, and photographer. Born and raised in Billings, his personal experiences with the harshness of society – combined with the hopefulness of human actions – emboldened him to bring stories fixated on the human condition to light. He aims to portray these human conditions and the surrounding environment in a way that is unique, but real - by leaving people thinking, using their curiosities to question their beliefs. In 2018, he graduated from Montana State with a BA in Film and Photography and has been based in the gorgeous Bozeman area ever since. He is energetic and passionate about his work, bringing life to everything he does.
Executive Producer - Producer
Jordan C. Brown