‘From the Sky’ wins Int’l Humanitarian Award at RIIFF 2014!

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‘From the Sky’ took home the International Humanitarian Award Grand Prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s awards ceremony held in Providence on August 10. Now in its 18th year, the Oscar-qualifying annual festival selected Ian’s narrative short film for the top humanitarian prize out of 250 screened films and 5,400 submissions. The award is “given annually to films or filmmakers who inspire social change and community outreach and strive to better the world in which we live.” Read more, including the full list of this year’s winners:

RIIFF Awards: 2014 Film Festival Winners Announced

 

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

Photo credit: 2007 Marc Nozell/flickr

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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Change, One Step at a Time: On the Newtown Tragedy, Guns, and Letting Go of Our Excesses

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My deep conviction has always been that the moment of tragedy is no time for advocacy or politics from either side; that as a nation we move too quickly to get past these horrific events and would benefit from marinating in our shared humanity, pausing in communal grief, and just feeling. But my mind and heart have been changed by the horror in Newtown, Connecticut. Unlike other national tragedies which I certainly feel to an extent, this one cut into me as a parent, a Christian, and an American. From my cubicle at work, I began to tremble and cry when I saw the news, and have since been moved by the firm challenge of many including our President who remind us that these tragedies are so frequent now that there remains no good time to discuss solutions. If we can’t focus our outrage at this moment, when will change ever come?

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Immigration, Equality, and Why I Gave My Vote Away

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

If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors.” -Frederick Buechner

I know, it’s been a month since the election, but truth be told: I’m usually a little late to the current events party. I like to chew on things for a while, so it took me a bit of time to figure out what I had learned from this most recent trip to the ballot box.

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The Limitations of Mockery and the Adventure of Authenticity

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“Somehow, directness has become unbearable to us.” These chilling words are part of a valuable exposé written in the New York Times by Christy Wampole. Her piece ‘How to Live Without Irony‘ bears witness to a generational descent into routine insincerity.

Mockery on the other hand can be direct at times- a dagger shoved into one person by another- but at its core, it is not so different from insincerity. Both are often a piece of armor used for self-preservation, a way to flee human connection by focusing on the other as a caricature while exempting one’s self from the same level of scrutiny. I look around and am encouraged, because it seems even secular culture is growing weary of mockery taken to the extreme.

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