Festival Year: 2023

Ryan White

Roles: Director

Ryan White is the director of Good Night Oppy, a moving account of the extraordinary fifteen-year journey of the Mars Rover Opportunity and the surprising bond that formed between the robot and a team of scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. White last directed Coded, which won best documentary short at Tribeca and was shortlisted for the Academy Award. White is also the director of Assassins, which premiered at Sundance and tells the story of the brazen murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, and the trial of his two female assassins. In 2020, he directed Visible: Out on Television, the first documentary series on Apple TV+. The five-part series explores the history of the LGBTQ movement through the lens of television.

In addition, White is the director of Ask Dr. Ruth (Hulu), a documentary portrait that chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. White also directed The Keepers, an Emmy- nominated seven-part Netflix documentary series that investigates the unsolved murder of a young nun in Baltimore and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death. White also directed The Case Against 8, a behind-the-scenes look at the five-year battle to overturn Proposition 8. The film won the Directing Award at Sundance, had its broadcast premiere on HBO, and was nominated for two Emmys. White directed Serena (Epix), a year in the life of tennis legend Serena Williams, Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia Pictures), which tells the story of the Beatles’ longtime secretary Freda Kelly, and Pelada (PBS, Cinetic), a journey around the world through the lens of pick-up soccer. White graduated from Duke University with a focus on Documentary Studies.

Festival Year: 2023


Good Night Oppy

(US, 2022, 105min)
Director: Ryan White