- Thursday, May. 10, 2018
- SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
Ryan Grau has been appointed the new director of film & special events at Visit Santa Barbara and will also serve as the official film commissioner representing the County of Santa Barbara. Grau has replaced outgoing Geoffrey Alexander who served as the film commissioner for 10 years. Alexander left Visit Santa Barbara to pursue a career in real estate sales.
Grau grew up in Ventura and moved to Santa Barbara in 1995. He has worked on small and large scale production throughout the past 20 plus years and started a local production company called von Grau Productions. Prior to and during that time, he had worked 10 years in medical device sales. Additionally, he worked for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as the venue manager for four years. Still photography and motion pictures have always been great passions for him. Directing short films for festivals, producing commercials for local businesses, scouting major catalog shoots in the hills of Montecito and a brief acting career are a few of his career accomplishments in the industry.