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.
‘From the Sky’ writer/director Ian Ebright was interviewed by the art-centric website Middle East Revised. The discussion focused on the motivation and inspiration behind the film, including the films of Peter Weir and Werner Herzog and a key quote from C.S. Lewis. Ian also elaborates on the film’s themes of retaliation and peace. Follow the link to read more.
(Interview) From the Sky: The Story of Drones and Resistance
‘From the Sky’ will have its Oregon premiere when it screens twice over the next two weeks at the 41st annual NW Filmmakers’ Festival. Those interested can catch the film on Sunday, November 9 at 6:30PM with a Q&A featuring writer/director Ian Ebright. The second screening will happen Friday, November 14 at 7PM but with no Q&A. Both screenings are at the Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum. For more general festival info, visit: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/
(Sunday 11/9): NW Filmmakers’ Festival Shorts III
(Friday 11/14): NW Filmmakers’ Festival Shorts III
‘From the Sky’ has been chosen as an official selection of the Forum International Short Film Competition at NYU Law School. The film will play with other short film finalists on Thursday, November 6 at 7PM in the Time Warner Screening Room and will be followed by an awards ceremony. Forum boasts an impressive lineup of speakers including former Presidents and current Supreme Court Justices as they explore films that touch on law and justice. Tickets are free through the link below:
FOLCS International Short Film Competition Screening
The website for the leading 24-hour news station in the Arab world interviewed Ian about the online premiere of ‘From the Sky.’ Click below for coverage by Nabila Pathan which includes excerpts from the interview, and more on the film:
Peace or PTSD in the Middle East? U.S. drone drama to hit Vimeo
‘From the Sky’ joins the well-regarded Tallgrass International Film Festival for a screening on Saturday, October 18th in Wichita. The film will play with other shorts for the festival’s ‘Dramatic Shorts’ package at 11:30AM in the WSU Shift Space. Tickets and info can be found here:
Tallgrass Film Festival Schedule
The Short Film Awards have just announced their 2014 nominees, each representing one of five finalists in the running to win a given category. ‘From the Sky’ received four:
- BEST DIRECTOR OF A NARRATIVE, DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC SHORT FILM- Ian Ebright, ‘From the Sky’
- BEST WRITING IN A NARRATIVE, DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC SHORT FILM- Ian Ebright, ‘From the Sky’
- BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM- Maz Siam, ‘From the Sky’
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM- Mohamad Tamimi, ‘From the Sky’
The winners will be announced during an upcoming awards ceremony to be held in New York City.
‘From the Sky’ has won its third award. The Accolade Global Film Competition, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 25 Festivals worth the entry fee, selected the film out of thousands of submissions. Ian’s debut won the ‘Award of Excellence: Special Mention,’ one of just six films in this second place category, and one of only two films from the U.S. to be chosen in first or second place. Read more:
‘From the Sky’ won the Activist Award at the fifth annual Awareness Festival. The awards ceremony took place on September 21st at the tail end of the 10-day event, and was held at the historic Bay Club in Santa Monica, CA. Writer/director Ian Ebright received the award on behalf of the cast and crew.
‘From the Sky’ will return to California in October for its fourth festival in the state, as an official selection of the 17th annual Hollywood Film Festival. The film will screen Thursday, October 16th at 11:15AM, following the opening keynote address at the famous ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard (formerly known as the Cinerama Dome).
‘From the Sky’ will be presented via pristine DCP for a themed shorts program titled ‘On the Battlefield.’ A Q&A is set to follow. For more information including ticketing:
Hollywood Film Festival Official Site