‘From the Sky’ finds East Coast premiere at Rhode Island Int’l FF

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Ian Ebright’s debut as writer/director, the narrative short film ‘From the Sky,’ has been selected out of 5,000 submissions to screen at the 18th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. The festival populated its upcoming 2014 event with films from over 60 countries, and like SIFF in Seattle, is an Oscar-qualifier.

The film will screen Friday, August 8 at 2:30PM in Providence, at the Metcalf Auditorium in the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Follow the link for more info about the screening which should include ticketing information soon: http://goo.gl/PbU7pT

 

SIFF Selects ‘From the Sky’ to Screen at 2014 Annual Event

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Following the world premiere of ‘From the Sky’ at the Newport Beach Film Festival in late April, Ian Ebright’s narrative short film will have its northwest premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), where it has been chosen as an Official Selection for the annual event now in its 40th year. SIFF is the most well attended film festival in the United States, expecting to host 160,000 filmgoers from May 15- June 8. The festival presents more than 400 films from 70 countries.

‘From the Sky’ will screen with other locally produced short films on Sunday, May 25th at 11AM in lower Queen Anne. ‘From the Sky’ will be presented via Digital Cinema Package, a high-quality format intended for theater exhibition. The screening and Q&A (with filmmakers including the ‘From the Sky’ writer/director) will be held at the SIFF Uptown Theater. For tickets and more information, visit the SIFF website.

 

‘From the Sky’ to premiere at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival

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The 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival has chosen Ian Ebright’s debut ‘From the Sky’ as an official selection at the annual event now in its 15th year, and will host the film’s world premiere. Ian’s unique narrative short, exploring the challenges and consequences of living underneath drone strikes and drone surveillance, will screen with the feature documentary ‘Behind the Blue Veil’ at Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas in Costa Mesa on April 30th. For tickets, event information, and more, follow the link to the Newport Beach Film Festival.

My TV Appearance with Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne

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Hi everyone, just making a quick pit stop to share the video of my appearance on Red Letter Christianity with Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne. We talked for the entire half hour show about the role of the church in the broader culture, touching on issues ranging from gay marriage to greed and sacrificial love.

Tony and Shane had some great insight to share. I hope you’ll check it out here.

 

On Life, Creativity, Blogging, and Where I’ll Be for the Next Few Months

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On a freezing cold location scouting trip for ‘From the Sky.’

I knew back in November that a fundraising campaign was going to be an unavoidable part of attempting to get my film debut ‘From the Sky’ made, and the time to launch it was just around the corner. Gross. It was a direct threat to my routine: self-reliance and creative control (when it comes to my own blogging), an aversion towards asking for help, and a fear of failure, especially in the public sphere. I swore that successful online fundraising campaigns were reserved for savvy networking and tech folk, mindful all the while of the fact that marketing my writing over the past five years had not been a personal strength either.

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My Film ‘From the Sky’: Why I’m Asking for Your Support

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The setting for the film: a remote area in Eastern Washington, standing in for the Middle East.

I am not good at asking for help and I often hide my enthusiasm which is also not good. But it’s time to continue pushing beyond my comfort zone. This film project ‘From the Sky’ is a labor of love for me. The screenplay is my sixth; a story of a poverty-stricken father and son struggling to survive in an area frequently targeted by drone strikes. The film will be among the first (if not the first) narrative works of cinema from the U.S. to show the impact of drones on civilians in the Arab world. The film also explores the roots of extremism and ultimately asks the universal question: when we are harmed, will we take the wide road of retaliation or a more narrow path by responding in life-giving ways? I intend and hope to direct the project in late April if we are able to raise sufficient funds.

My wife Lauren and I have been convicted about these issues to the point that we feel we need to step out in faith. We are bringing in $10,000 of our own in addition to a (hopefully) fully-funded Kickstarter campaign, combining to cover production and post-production costs. I don’t want to ask something of you if I’m not willing to ask something of myself first.

Today marks the launch of a 30-day Kickstarter fundraising campaign; a crucial part of the fundraising effort. Here are three ways you can support this project:

1. Offer a financial pledge. Donations can be as low as $1, and rewards for donations start at $25. You won’t be charged for your pledge unless the campaign is successful; it is an all-or-nothing endeavor. This is why we need you! Many small donations are the difference between success and failure (but I won’t stop you from giving lots).

2. Giving early makes your pledge go farther- helping to drive the campaign up on the Kickstarter site, and encouraging those who visit the page to give of themselves (because an active project is more enticing than one which appears to be lagging behind).

3. Share the Kickstarter page link with your community, your social media network, and human rights advocates. It matters! Momentum helps our chance of success.

The Kickstarter page will further reveal why this is a project I am so passionate about, as well as answer likely questions. Will you stand with us by making a donation today?

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thank you!

 

The Sex Industry, the Abolitionist Movement, and Things That Need To Change PART 2: Rocking the Boat

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The following is a post written by guest contributor Meg Munoz:

I hope that Part 1 spurred some reflection and conversation. There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” response program, and not everyone’s philosophies are going to gel, but I want to dig a bit deeper into how the Church’s anti-trafficking movement can improve its after-care efforts for sex workers and trafficking survivors.

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My Video Discussing ‘The Role of the Church in the Broader Culture’

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Last November, I was invited (and excited) to join Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne on their TV show in Nashville to discuss the topic of ‘The Role of the Church in the Broader Culture.’ The idea for the topic stemmed from my popular (and first) post on Campolo’s Red Letter Christians site titled ‘It is Time For the American Christian Church to Surrender the Gay Marriage Fight, Apologize, and Share Love.’

The producers asked me to record a brief introduction to the topic which you can watch by clicking through. As for the half hour conversation between Campolo, Claiborne, and yours truly, it will air in late January on TBN and its affiliates across the country.

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The Sex Industry, the Abolitionist Movement, and Things That Need To Change PART 1: It’s Not Them, It’s Us

Photo credit: 2009 Kat/flickr.

The following is a post written by guest contributor Meg Munoz:

I can guarantee you that I didn’t grow up thinking that I was going to sell my body for a living. Truth be told, I have yet to meet one person who does. And even though there are threads of similarity running through the stories of women caught up in the sex industry, every one is unique. The same is true of my own story.

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Video Introducing my Short Film ‘From the Sky’

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In addition to writing for this blog, RELEVANT Magazine and Red Letter Christians, I’ve been working on two different film projects throughout 2012. Those of you who are friends of mine on Facebook may have caught the status updates about one particular project that I’ve been busy with since July of last year: writing and rewriting the script, adding to the research I’ve been doing over the past decade, consulting with knowledgeable people about the Arab world, networking, and building the cast and crew.

‘From the Sky’ is my sixth screenplay, but it’s the first time I’ve crafted a story that isn’t feature-length. I hope to direct this short film in Spring 2013 and am excited to announce that Egyptian-born actor and filmmaker Sayed Badreya just recently joined the cast.

In December, my good friend Patrick Murphy and I went on a location scouting excursion starting in the Yakima River Canyon and ending in areas near Vantage and George, Washington; two very small towns separated by the Columbia River.

Click through for a short video of yours truly introducing the film’s setting and story.

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