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
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
Film Critic Richard Propes published a review of Ian Ebright’s debut as writer/director/co-producer, calling ‘From the Sky’ “a unique vision all its own made even more powerful by a filmmaker with immense talent and a respect for the story he’s telling.” The film earns an A- rating in Propes’ review, which can be read in full below:
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
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/
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.
The popular website featuring the “best scripted shorts online” chose ‘From the Sky’ to be featured as a Daily Short Pick. Follow the link for the film and write up.
From the Sky | Film Shortage Daily Short Pick
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.