CEO | CHIEF CREATIVE PRODUCER
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, actor, writer & media maker originally from Couchiching First Nation & now based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB).
Armed with a degree in Theatre & as one of the first ever Native graduates of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan became the 1st Indigenous comedian to ever record a 1 hour mainstream comedy special for CBC TV when he recorded "Ryan McMahon - UnReserved" in 2012.
Ryan is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group – a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. In October 2013, Ryan founded Indian & Cowboy, the world’s only listener-supported Indigenous podcast media network. Creatively, he has grown the Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land podcasts into major players in the Canadian digital media space.
Ryan became the 1st Native comedian to ever record a full mainstream comedy special with CBC TV titled UnReserved, and later that year made his debut at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, QC where he was named to the New Faces list at the festival. His full-length CBC comedy special, Red Man Laughing, aired nationally on CBC Radio 1 in 2015.
He has a serious side too, as evidenced in his 2016 documentary, Colonization Road featuring Canada’s colonial past told through interviews, comedy & rantings, with its world premiere at the 2016 ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in October 2016.
Ryan has written for the Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, CBC Aboriginal, APTN among others, and has earned his degree in Theatre & and is a graduate of the prestigious Second City
Keith Grosbeck is a Creative Director that works in film, photography, graphic design for print & web, new media consultation, word processing instruction, web tutorials, personal shopping, web & media management and social media integration. He co-founded and co-organized Attention Span, a 30 Second Film Showcase with his dear friend and colleague, Dylan McLaughlin (www.invisiblelaboratory.com). Keith’s own film work focuses primarily on documentary & community portraits.
Having Chippewa, Munsee-Deleware, Plains Cree, Oneida and European heritage Keith was born and raised in Canada, primarily in the Chippewas Of The Thames First Nation community. He has traveled and lived across North America in his lifetime.
He currently calls North America his home. Keith also lived in Santa Fe, NM for several years and developed fond working & personal relationships in the United States with artists, indigenous communities, museums, art galleries, businesses and non-profit organizations. He continues to pursue creative endeavors and is consistently working on new projects.
His accolades speak volumes about his integrity and passion to express his creative and indigenous freedoms.