Ian Interviewed by Cinephilia & Beyond


Following their enthusiastic review of ‘From the Sky,’ Cinephilia & Beyond chatted with Ian about formative films and filmmakers, the genesis of ‘From the Sky,’ goals and setbacks, and more. In this excerpt, Ian elaborates on some of the film’s influences:

“In terms of how I would build From the Sky, I was thinking along the lines of Lessons of Darkness by Herzog, Picnic at Hanging Rock by Peter Weir, and Jaws, and how much that film doesn’t show us. These reference points helped to form a loose outer boundary of the kind of film I wanted to make, and it really helped so that I could focus on conflict and characterization, and getting my story tightly wound.”

Read the full interview here:

The Vision and Struggles of a Dedicated Filmmaker: A Conversation with Ian Ebright


Renowned Film Site Reviews ‘From the Sky’


Cinephilia & Beyond, known for its readership among prominent filmmakers from Oliver Stone and Judd Apatow to William Friedkin, published a glowing review and feature on ‘From the Sky,’ calling Ian’s debut “completely satisfying…politically and socially relevant, skillfully written and beautifully shot.” Check out the full article at the link below:

Ian Ebright’s ‘From the Sky': A Film You Should Really Immerse Into


‘From the Sky’ Wins Big at Spokane Int’l Film Festival


Ian’s debut film emerged as the winningest Official Selection out of more than 50 screened feature-length narratives, documentaries and short films at the 17th annual Spokane International Film Festival. Ian was the recipient of the Most Promising Filmmaker award, a distinction given out yearly by the prominent Eastern Washington festival. The SpIFF jury crowned ‘From the Sky’ Best Mid-Length Film, while festival filmgoers gave the film its first Audience Award by voting it Best of the NW Short.

For the full list of winners, visit: http://spokanefilmfestival.org/awards


‘From the Sky’ to Screen at Human Rights Film Festival


The 14th festival appearance for ‘From the Sky’ will happen as an official selection of the 14th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. The film screens Saturday, February 28 at 2:15PM inside the Fairhaven College Auditorium at Western Washington University. Ian is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

For more, visit: http://bhrff.webs.com/


Spokane Int’l Film Festival selects ‘From the Sky’ for 2015 event

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‘From the Sky’ returns to Washington State as an Official Selection of the 17th annual Spokane International Film Festival. Ian’s award-winning narrative screens with other short films from the Northwest on Friday, February 6th at 5:30PM in the historic Bing Crosby Theater. Ian is scheduled to attend and participate in the post-screening Q&A. For more, visit: http://spokanefilmfestival.org/




‘From the Sky’ will have its international premiere at the 21st annual Victoria Film Festival in Canada. The film plays with other shorts to close out the festival on its final day- Sunday, February 15th at 4PM, with a post-screening Q&A to include writer/director Ian Ebright. For more info, visit the official festival site:  victoriafilmfestival.com


‘From the Sky’ wins at The Short Film Awards


Mohamad Tamimi has won Best Supporting Actor from The Short Film Awards for his performance in Ian’s debut ‘From the Sky.’ Mohamad was recognized out of hundreds of submissions from 30 countries, and was chosen as the winner of the five nominees during the awards ceremony in New York City on December 13th.

‘From the Sky’ was nominated four times by The Short Film Awards. Ian received two nominations for Best Writing and Best Directing, and Maz Siam received a nomination for Best Actor.


‘From the Sky’ wins Best Short, Best Screenplay at NYC film festival


The Forum Film Festival, which programmed its annual event in 2014 with law and justice related films including ‘Camp X-Ray’ with Kristen Stewart and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with Jessica Chastain, honored ‘From the Sky’ with the award for Best Short and Best Screenplay. Ian’s debut as writer/director screened with other selected films during the festival’s closing night shorts competition and awards ceremony in the Time Warner Screening Room at NYU School of Law.