KNR Productions was established in 2006 when brothers Kevin and Rich Ragsdale decided to combine their professional experience in film, music, and finance to form a full service production company. Based in Los Angeles, KNR Productions develops and produces narrative feature films, experimental shorts, music videos, and documentaries. Since KNR’s inception, the Ragsdale brothers have collaborated with new and established talent, and have screened their work worldwide, including such venues as The Sundance Film Festival, New York City’s MOMA, The Lincoln Center, and Disney’s REDCAT in Los Angeles.
Co-founder of KNR Productions, Rich’s career began as a composer for film (Edmond, Eight Legged Freaks), television (King of Queens, According to Jim, Will and Grace), and video games (Aliens vs. Predator, No One Lives Forever). In 2003, Rich crossed over into the directing realm with his first award-winning short, Into Something Rich and Strange. Following the festival success of his short, Rich was tapped to direct the ultralow budget yet highly-stylized horror film, The Curse of El Charro. After winning numerous awards for The Curse Of El Charro, including Best Production Design and Best Music & Sound: Fearless Tales Genre Festival, San Francisco, CA (2005); Best Visual Effects: International Festival of Horror/Science Fiction, Phoenix, AZ (2005) and being nominated for Best Feature at both the Fearless Tales and Eerie Horror Film Festivals, the film was acquired and released in 2005 by Paramount and Showtime. Since his feature debut, Rich continues to compose for feature film and direct highly acclaimed short films and music videos, all of which continue to build him a solid base of accolades and admirers. Lending his sound design, editorial and production skills to KNR’s first feature, Phantom Love, Rich has also solidified his role as a well-rounded producer.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Kevin Ragsdale moved to Venice, CA in 1997 where he began writing music and filming shorts before receiving his MBA from Chapman University in Orange County, CA. In 2003, Kevin left a career in money management to co-found Pretty Dangerous Films, a full-service film production company. At Pretty Dangerous Films, Ragsdale helped bring to life ten motion pictures including Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet’s Edmond starring William H. Macy and Julia Stiles; Paramount/Showtime’s horror release, The Curse of El Charro; and Asia Argento’s adaptation of J.T. Leroy’s The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things with a cast that included Asia Argento, Peter Fonda and Winona Ryder. In 2006, Kevin founded KNR Productions with his brother, Rich, and continued shooting both music videos and feature films. KNR’s first feature production, Phantom Love, directed by Nina Menkes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 before making a worldwide tour of festivals and museums. Ragsdale returned to the Sundance Film Festival again in 2009 with the award-winning documentary, Big River Man, which followed extreme swimmer Martin Strel’s journey as he successfully swam the length of the Amazon River. The KNR Productions slate currently consists of two new documentaries; Tom Putnam and Jeff Malmberg’s The Unexpected; Rich Ragsdale’s next horror feature The Bride of El Charro; and a co-production with JAZ Films of Two Telegrams written by Michelangelo Antonioni and Rudy Wurlitzer. Kevin is also an Executive Producer on Amy Heckerling’s new film, Vamps, starring Siguorney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone.