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The first feature film by Koo (dir. of The West Side, founder of explores the high-stakes world of youth basketball.
AMATEUR premieres on Netflix April 6, 2018.
AMATEUR premieres on Netflix April 6, 2018.
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    1. Michael Bittle on April 5, 2017

      How are things in the edit suite?

    2. Elizabeth Sall on August 31, 2016

      Congrats on getting it done! Can't wait to see the finished product. It has been a whirlwind, for sure!

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      Ankit Patel on May 25, 2016

      It's been over a month, I have yet to see a reply regarding my refund request. This is very unprofessional!

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      Ankit Patel on March 7, 2016

      I've sent you a message requesting my money back please let me know asap! Thank you!

    5. John Gordon on January 21, 2016

      So excited about the Netflix news, Ryan congratulations! It's been well worth my contribution already just to follow along as you've gone through this process. I'm sure there have been frustrating moments and that there will be more, but you've been so great about keeping us posted and sharing your learnings. Great job! Can't wait!

    6. Jeff Orgill on January 20, 2016

      Ryan -
      I'm excited to read the fantastic news that Netflix is on board now as a partner. Congrats!

    7. M. Diabali on January 11, 2016

      Hello Ryan,

      I have sent you the requested information in response to the email you sent me. Please let me know that you've received it or feel free to reach me.

      Thank you.

    8. Ryan Koo Creator on January 11, 2016

      Tirso, sorry to hear you feel that way. I'll gladly send your backing... back... but to say I "deceived" you and that I am somehow not a "normal guy getting help to do a film with limited resources" anymore is patently false. To ask for your money back just send me a message.

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      Tirso Suarez on January 7, 2016

      I have completely lost faith in this project plus, I backed a micro-budget, DIY film. When I backed this I did it under the thought that "hell, this guy is like me, just a normal guy getting help to do a film with limited resources" and I felt proud.
      Now this has turned into a bigger thing with investors and stuff, something that I would not have backed.

      I want my money back Ryan. You have deceived me and now my support is not valid anymore. I am sorry, but taking four years to do this project is completely unnacceptable.

      Please let me know how I can get my money back.

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      Sara Curran on November 30, 2015

      Ryan - it's great to get updates. I think I fell off your list for updates. I was an original contributor to your campaign. Luckily I see your Mom and Dad and I get to hear about your progress. Super cool! Congratulations! Keep me posted - Sara

    11. Michael Botefuhr on November 25, 2015

      Ryan - Thank you for the latest update. I originally thought after participating in your Kickstarter campaign, the movie would be made immediately and I'd receive a DVD in the mail within a couple months of my investment. I love firing up my DVD player with new indie films. After a couple months with no DVD, I Googled, "how to make a movie" because I was curious about the process. Why was making a movie taking longer than a couple months? gave me an awesome 5 step breakdown of how to make a movie and it turns out that it's way more complex than I thought! Each of the 5 steps had multiple steps inside of those steps! Tons and tons of steps. I realized that making a movie could take a long time. After your last update, everything made even more sense! There are steps within steps within steps within steps! And sometimes, if one of those steps within a step falls through, it sets you back a while. So, Ryan, good luck my friend. Just please make sure that when I get to watch Amateur on my DVD player, it's fucking awesome.

    12. Ric Kasnoff on November 14, 2015

      I requested a refund a few weeks ago due to my loss of faith in the project the time you said you would gladly return my $120.00 yet I haven't seen the refund nor have you responded to my private messages requesting a status update on it...

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      Francisco Moreno on August 20, 2015

      any way I can get my money back?

    14. Ryan Koo Creator on January 20, 2015


      It can take four years to write a great script. It can also take forty years. Or four days. The fact that someone in history has accomplished something in a particular amount of time is not at all indicative that others can, will, or should do the same. As far as your comment "next time do us all a favor and wait till you have the script, before you hit up the good hearted people at Kickstarter for funding" ... I did have a script before I ran a Kickstarter campaign. It was read on stage, it was selected for grants, and I've since rewritten and improved it immeasurably. If you wanted to judge the script for yourself you could've come to the public reading I invited all backers too, last month — you're in NY, right?

      If you have an issue with my hard work on this project, I suggest you send me a message and ask for a refund. I will gladly return your backing if you feel that I'm taking too long, or working too hard, or not doing this as fast as you'd like.


    15. Frank P. Dima on January 20, 2015

      Ryan - Steve Jobs said it best: "Artists deliver". I've been reading your updates over the YEARS and all I have to say is that it doesn't take almost four years to write a great script. People have wrote, shot and marketed multiple awesome films in the time it took you rewrite this thing. And BTW - from the start I thought the title was weak - but it took you almost FOUR YEARS to figure that out. Next time do us all a favor and wait till you have the script, before you hit up the good hearted people at Kickstarter for funding.

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      Francisco Moreno on November 20, 2014

      Manchild is not a child anymore, been so long since Sept 23, 2011 that grew up to be amateur, but I'll keep waiting till becomes "Pro"...

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      Neil Macdonald on August 13, 2014

      My money it went..........

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      Jay Wiencko on August 7, 2014

      How's shooting going, Ryan?

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      Bo Bickley on July 26, 2014


      Been a Looooooonnnnnngggg time sine you gave an update through the KS site.

      Care to share here instead of your newsletter?

    20. Ryan Koo Creator on February 4, 2014

      Jordy -- did you see our latest updates! Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and we're shooting this summer? Johnny -- the short is out there... we actually made it really quickly: The feature, however, is taking a long time!

    21. Jordy Wax on January 15, 2014

      Hey Ryan, any update on this?

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      JOHNNY D LEE on September 23, 2013

      dude how long does it take to make a short film

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      Lisa O'Brien on July 26, 2013

      Hey there! Any updates?

    24. Mark Corderoy on April 2, 2013

      I backed a micro budget film (see your FAQs). Your website described itself as 'a site for DIY filmmakers and independent creatives'.
      I think that the way this project has unfolded has been unfortunate. We appear to have provided seed-corn money to attract a bigger investment?

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      Good Dogg. Location: Front Porch on December 26, 2012

      Thank you Ryan.
      Keep working hard. And if you hit a dead end a few times--so what--keep working hard and check in every few months to let us know how things are going.
      Don't get discouraged.

    26. Ryan Koo Creator on December 22, 2012


      It's just the calm before the storm. :)

      Working hard on it every day and will have some updates soon. Thanks for staying tuned!


    27. Quentin Davis on December 21, 2012

      So what happened to this? There seems to be very little progress towards actually making the film. I backed this because I visit the NoFilmSchool site a lot, and like it (learned lots of useful things). I also wanted to help an aspiring filmmaker get a film made. But nothing seems to be happening. Or at least, we don't hear much anymore.

    28. Rob Bejusca on May 30, 2012

      Looking forward to it Koo!

    29. Ryan Koo Creator on May 26, 2012

      Update coming soon! As soon as I have something concrete to share.

    30. Heartborne on May 1, 2012

      How are things going? A new Update would be interesting :)

    31. Derek Lawrey on September 26, 2011

      Can't Wait!!! Awesome to see this happen! Thanks Koo for all the updates and hard work! Loved the DSL hand book and look forward to the weekly news breaks!!

    32. Ryan Koo Creator on September 25, 2011

      THANK YOU EVERYONE!! I'm a bit behind on messages but I will get back to everyone in the days to come. This has been a truly inspiring, eye-opening, and motivating experience and I'm so grateful for all of your support! Time to make a movie!

    33. James Elliot Green on September 24, 2011

      Way to get it done KoO! Look forward to my copy of this history making film. Also, thanks for pushing the envelope on this one. You played well all 4 quarters.

      I attended film school. What you have achieved with nofilmschool is momentous. The site just rocks. So, thank you for the free info and DSLR handbook . Thank you for raising the bar for narrative film funding via crowdfunding.

      Please look for my project DISEASED the movie on Kickstarter in coming weeks. You have engaged and inspired many.


      James Elliot Green

    34. Gary C. Daniels on September 24, 2011

      You should use the success of this pledge drive to find matching grants from filmmaking and arts organizations. Wouldn't it be nice to have $250,000 to make this film instead of $125,000? There are grants available for every stage....preproduction, production and post. Why stop now, you're on a roll. Keep the momentum building!

      And congratulations!

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      Morrison Moments (deleted) on September 23, 2011

      "When the music's over, turn out the lights." --Jim Morrison

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      Morrison Moments (deleted) on September 23, 2011

      The money keeps rolling in...

    37. Fifth & First on September 23, 2011

      Congrats bro! Nice work!

    38. Audrey Ewell & Aaron Aites on September 23, 2011

      Congrats. Enjoy the night. And then go make a film that has something to say, a film that contains a bit of truth about our world. I believe you can.

    39. Marcos Bueno on September 23, 2011

      I'm happy to have contributed to the project, and hopefully this will inspire other people to support great ideas as Man-Child.
      Marcos Bueno
      Sao Paulo-Brazil

    40. Paul Seymour on September 23, 2011

      Congrats Koo so happy for you! Glad we could be a part of helping you make your film. The countdown would have been fun but way to stressful glad you made your goal early!!!! NOFILMSCHOOL Rocks!!!

    41. Paul Herrington on September 23, 2011

      Congrats Koo! Love the blog, can't wait for the film. Hope your dreams come true on this one and it's only the beginning!

    42. Hero Ngauv on September 23, 2011

      Congratulations, Koo! Down with Other You!
      (Hey, I made a rhyme!)

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      Richard Hazeldine on September 23, 2011


      I concur with everyone else's sentiments, you truely are an inspiration to us all!!

      Hope the shoot goes well and that you receive all your dues.

      Well done again and well done to everyone who has backed this film!!!

    44. Quentin Davis on September 23, 2011

      Congrats! Glad you made the goal!!!! Good luck making the movie!

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      Patricia Carlson on September 23, 2011

      Bravo, Koo! Not only do you now have the funds you need, you also have a host of people who believe in your project. Way to go! And let's here it for Kickstarter for making it possible to fulfill your dream (and so many others).

    46. Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides on September 23, 2011

      Dreams come true:) Congratulations!!

    47. angela k pires on September 23, 2011

      yay! congratulations! i'm so glad to be (a small) part of your dream. and i don't even know you ;-)

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