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Ryan Leone is a cult-celebrated novelist, film producer, and television writer. He wrote his first novel, Wasting Talent, while serving a five year sentence in federal prison for his involvement with an international heroin ring. Wasting Talent is currently in development as a feature film entitled LOVE IN VEIN. Will De Los Santos (Spun) is attached to direct the script that he wrote. Chris Hanley (American Psycho, The Killer Inside Me) is attached to produce and Nick Stahl (Terminator 3, Bully) is signed on to play the lead.

IDIOT SAVANT: THE SAVAGE LIFE OF RYAN LEONE, A feature length documentary about Leone's life and career is in production. Jim Uhls (Fight Club) wrote the script and Zack Warren is making his directorial debut. Nick

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Ryan Leone Writing has become more difficult as I've gotten sober, there's a stronger degree of perfectionism. I sit down to write and am never happy with what…moreWriting has become more difficult as I've gotten sober, there's a stronger degree of perfectionism. I sit down to write and am never happy with what I'm writing. When I was high I could write for hours at a time and think I was creating the most top notch shit around, even if I wasn't. Heroin didn't make me more creative but it made me care less, allowing me to get more writing done. I'm currently working on a second novel about lucid dreaming and prison. I have the framework in my mind and have started the rudimentary outline. I'm going for a much darker tone than Wasting Talent. I'm just finding it much more difficult to get productive writing sessions down now. (less)
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Bernies's Political Revolution

A piece I wrote for Artists for Bernie.....

Bernie's Political Revolution

By Ryan Leone

At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a little known politician named Barack Obama, proclaimed, "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. " My father turned to me and said, "That guy right there, he's going to be the president someday."

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Aimee Farmer Hopefully at some point I will get a little time in my life to finish your book. I love it so far, definitely engaging.

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