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Ryan Katzenbach~Writer/Director True story of The Amnityville Murders

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Ohio native Ryan Katzenbach began working for his local newspaper as a freelance writer at 15 years old.  His editors assigned him to a number of tasks, ranging from politics to the local theater and entertainment scene.  After moving to California two years later, Ryan began leaning into the production and pre-press side of newspapers, eventually learning every facet of web and offset printing.  In 1993, he founded his own advertising and graphic design firm, Kat Advertising. Amityville author Ric Osuna, he entered into a development deal with Sony Pictures Television for an adaptation of Osuna's "The Night The DeFeo's Died:  Reinvestigating The Amityville Murders."  In January 2006, Katzenbach began shooting "Shattered Hopes: The True Story of the Amityville Murders" as a completely independent venture.  The documentary, using Osuna's book as the baseline, began shooting interviews and reenactments.  What was intended to be a project taking only a few years from beginning to end morphed into an 8-year quest for the answers behind the infamous Amityville case.  The last installment was largely delayed due to talks with Ronald "Butch" DeFeo who ultimately agreed to an interview for the film. The documentary project attracted the attention of the Reelz Channel in the summer of 2014.   On October 25th, 2014, the Reelz Channel will debut this adaptation, "High Hopes: The Amityville Horror Murders" as part of their Halloween movie line-up. The Shattered trilogy and the Reelz narrated by Emmy & Golden Globe winning actor Edward Asner.   Katzenbach, at present, is working on a documentary about the murder of slain Hollywood PR maven Ronni Chasen.  Katzenbach also has a feature film in development.