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‘From the Sky’ Comes to Amazon Video

FROM THE SKY is now free to stream (for Prime members) or available to rent on Amazon Video throughout the United States, UK, Germany, and Japan. Ian’s debut—about a peaceful father and troubled son struggling to live a nomadic life in their region of the Middle East amidst drones and militants—went on to win more than […]

Official Trailer for ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ Lands Online

Temptation can be a trap, but so can responsibility—in the new trailer for Ian’s new short film as writer/director The Devil Needs a Fix. In the film, an ambivalent reporter sits down for coffee and an interview with the Devil, which could earn the reporter his big break—if everything goes as planned. THE DEVIL NEEDS A FIX is a contemporary mashup […]

‘From the Sky’ Back On TV to Close Out 2016

Ian’s debut as writer/director returns to television, playing PBS’ Seattle affiliate KCTS 9 on Saturday, December 31st at 1:40 PM during the Reel NW marathon—which runs from noon to 5:00 PM. The film will also be streaming on KCTS.org and PBS.org beginning December 31st. Follow the link to check out the film’s page on KCTS, including two different interviews […]

Ian’s New Film ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ Arrives at the Finish Line

After four months in post production, Ian’s new film as writer/director ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ is complete. Ian and fellow producers Jess Grant and Sarah MacAaron will now begin submitting ‘Devil’ to film festivals. For more on the film, visit the Projects page.  

Ian’s New Film Reaches Picture Lock; Adds Music & More

After three months in the cutting room with editor Eric Frith, Ian’s new film as writer/director— the narrative short ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’—reached picture lock this week. The film—a cross between a haunted parable and a dark comedy—will now be colored by Tim Maffia (Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister) and receive its audio design and mix […]

Ian Interviewed on PBS’ Seattle Affiliate KCTS 9 TV

Veteran independent film and TV writer/director Megan Griffiths—whose track record includes the Sundance hit The Off Hours and this year’s The Night Stalker with Lou Diamond Phillips— sat down to interview Ian and director D.Mitry for KCTS 9’s Reel NW. Ian’s debut ‘From the Sky’ had its television debut in July when it screened with other locally-made […]

‘From the Sky’ Arrives On Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV

Ian’s debut ‘From the Sky’ expands beyond Vimeo and YouTube in August by partnering with the online short form streaming service Bitpix. The film is one of 400 shorts curated for the launch of the new outlet, which was founded by HollyShorts Film Festival. Bitpix is currently available at bitpixtv.com, can be accessed through Roku and Amazon Fire, and will […]

Ian Interviewed on Seattle Int’l Film Festival podcast

Jeremy Croft hosted a discussion with Ian on the Seattle International Film Festival’s official podcast SIFFcast, to promote From The Sky’s television debut on KCTS 9. The two discussed the film, current events, and filmmaking in general. Follow the link to give it a listen: SIFFcast Ep 034 Reel NW  

‘From the Sky’ to Broadcast on PBS’ Seattle Affiliate KCTS 9 TV

Ian’s first film as writer/director will have its television debut on KCTS 9 Seattle in July, following more than two years on the festival circuit. The film will be showcased with other local works on REEL NW, and will broadcast Monday, July 18th at 10:00 PM and Sunday, July 24th at 3:30 PM. To coincide with the airing, ‘From […]

Principal Photography Wraps on Ian’s New Film; Crowdfund Underway

Pictured: Rosalie Miller plays a waitress in ‘The Devil Needs a Fix.’ Photo by Regan MacStravic. In ‘The Devil Needs a Fix,’ the devil invites a reporter to coffee and an interview, which will lead to the reporter’s big break- if everything goes as planned. Thanks to the generosity of a few initial donors and […]

‘From the Sky’ Earns Two Nominations; one for Ian’s Screenplay

The Twister Alley International Film Festival (TAIFF) recognized Ian’s writing with a nomination for Best Screenplay- Short Film, while ‘From the Sky’ also received a nomination for Best Drama- Short Film. This marks Ian’s third nomination since the film debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2014. The writer/director received Best Writing and Best Directing nominations […]

Ian’s Debut To Broadcast at 40,000 Feet

The Seattle International Film Festival and Alaska Airlines partnered to create a SIFF Selects channel for the airline’s inflight entertainment. ‘From the Sky’ has been chosen to screen on SIFF Selects throughout the month of July, and will include a filmmaker statement from Ian. For more information, visit: Alaska Airlines.com/Beyond  

‘From the Sky’ Travels to Twister Alley in Oklahoma

The Twister Alley International Film Festival has announced its initial “First Fifty” Official Selections while submissions remain open, and ‘From the Sky’ made the list. The film will screen during the second annual event led by award-winning filmmaker Josh Hope, which takes place in Woodward, OK on May 5-7, 2016. Ian’s multi-award winning debut continues to earn laurels as […]

Spain Honors ‘From the Sky’

The jury of the I Filmmaker International Film Festival acknowledged ‘From the Sky’ with a Special Mention designation, given to top films from over 1,200 submissions representing 75 countries. The I Filmmaker festival runs December 4th through the 8th in Marbella. For more, visit I Filmmaker International Film Festival  

Germany Welcomes Ian’s Debut

‘From the Sky’ will screen in the historic city of Oldenburg on Tuesday, November 24th. Ian’s award-winning debut is being packaged with other shorts for an evening titled ‘Attack from the Air.’ Visit the theater’s website for more: Cine-k.de  

Ian Interviewed On Seattle Radio

Ian recently appeared on 91.3FM’s The Morning Blend program for a conversation with host Sonya Green. The two talked about From The Sky, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and Ian’s current film-related projects. Those interested can listen here: KBCS Interview with Ian Ebright  

‘From the Sky’ Arrives Online

After a year and a half on the film festival circuit, Ian’s multi-award winning debut returns to the internet for what is likely to be its permanent stay. ‘From the Sky’ is now available to watch for free via YouTube and Vimeo (or click on ‘Projects‘ to watch an embedded version of the film). Thus far, ‘From the Sky’ […]

‘From the Sky’ Wins at EFF 2015

‘From the Sky’ took home the award for Best Short Film at the Ellensburg Film Festival this month. The 11th annual gathering selected Ian’s debut out of a highly regarded roster of domestic and international shorts. The historic city previously served as the home base for the ‘From the Sky’ production team during principal photography. The win marks the 12th time ‘From the Sky’ […]

Ian’s Debut to Play Eighth Home State Film Festival

‘From the Sky’ will likely close out its Washington State film festival run when it plays as an Official Selection of the eighth annual Gig Harbor Film Festival. The film screens with the full-length documentary ‘The Human Face of Big Data’ on Friday, October 16th at 6:15PM in the Galaxy Theater, located in the scenic maritime community. Ian is […]

‘From the Sky’ Finds Southeastern U.S. Premiere at Illustrious SAVFF

The Savannah Film Festival (SAVFF) has named ‘From the Sky’ as one of only 10 short films to screen In Competition as part of the ‘Pro Shorts’ category at the 18th annual event. This year’s gathering will feature high-profile film screenings, panels hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, and tributes for attending filmmakers including Olivia Wilde, Saoirse Ronan, […]

Filmmaker Curated Screening Kicks Off Busiest Month for Ian’s Debut

Award-winning writer/director Stephanie Gardner has included ‘From the Sky’ in a collection of acclaimed short films for an evening celebrating “the art of global filmmaking, with films and filmmakers from around the world.” The Red Carpet Film Screening & After Party will be held at the Emmaus Theater this Saturday, October 3rd at 4:00PM, and marks the Pennsylvania premiere for ‘From the Sky.’ […]

‘From the Sky’ Lands in Wisconsin for MovieMaker ‘Coolest Film Festival’

‘From the Sky’ will screen as an Official Selection of the eighth annual Flyway Film Festival, which accepted only 53 films from more than 2,400 submissions. The prominent Midwest gathering was named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine in 2014. This is the third time ‘From the Sky’ will play the Midwest […]

Tacoma Film Festival Chooses ‘From the Sky’

‘From the Sky’ will screen twice at the 10th annual Tacoma Film Festival, which was named one of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee’ by MovieMaker Magazine for the second consecutive year in 2015. The well-regarded festival also hosts the ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’ in partnership with Filmmaker Magazine, a leading industry periodical. […]

‘From the Sky’ returns to WA for Ellensburg Film Festival

‘From the Sky’ will play its sixth home state festival as an Official Selection of the 11th annual Ellensburg Film Festival in Central Washington. The cast and crew stayed in Ellensburg for three days during the film’s principal photography which was shot 30 minutes east of the historic college town. ‘From the Sky’ screens with the […]

Chicago to Host ‘From the Sky’ for Int’l Film Festival

‘From the Sky’ will play the third most populous city in the U.S. as an Official Selection of the fourth annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. The film screens with other globally conscious works on Saturday, September 19th at 8PM in the Windy City’s largest theater- the Showplace ICON. For more, visit: http://www.chicagosocialchange.org/  

CGIFF Crowns ‘From the Sky’

‘From the Sky’ took home the award for Best Short at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in mid-August. The eighth annual gathering selected Ian’s debut out of a lengthy roster of officially selected domestic and international shorts, and announced the win at an awards ceremony held in Washougal, Washington. This is the 11th win for ‘From the […]

Prominent Canadian Film Festival Selects ‘From the Sky’

The 29th annual Edmonton International Film Festival has named ‘From the Sky’ an Official Selection of its 2015 event, and will screen the film together with other shorts on October 6th at the Landmark Cinemas City Centre 9 in downtown Edmonton. The long-running film festival, located in the capital of Canada’s Alberta province, was named one of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry […]

Ian’s Latest Film as Director, Writer Now Online

Ian was invited to direct and co-write a short film for the 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams have two days to conceive, write, shoot, edit, and complete post production based on a genre and story elements assigned as the clock starts. Inspired by ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and the films of Cameron […]

HollyShorts Welcomes ‘From the Sky’ as Official Selection

The 11th annual HollyShorts Film Festival announced ‘From the Sky’ as an Official Selection of its upcoming event, which runs August 13- 22 at the historic Chinese Theater on Hollywood & Highland. Ian’s multi-award winning narrative short will play in the ‘Washington Films’ lineup on Sunday, August 16th at noon. The prominent Southern Californian festival earned […]

‘From the Sky’ to Play Columbia Gorge Festival

‘From the Sky’ will screen twice at the Eighth Annual Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, which runs August 6- 16 in the Washougal region of Southern Washington. Ian’s multi-award winning narrative short film will play with other curated shorts at 6:00 PM on Saturday, August 8 in the Washburn Performing Arts Center, and again at […]

Ian Invited to Write, Direct for Global Film Competition

  Ian will co-write and direct a film for one of several production teams competing in this year’s 48 Hour Film Project in Seattle after being invited by producers Joseph Lambert and Daniel Brockley.  The team’s cast includes Brockley (NBC’s Grimm) and Lisa Coronado (SyFy’s Z Nation). In The 48 Hour Film Project, teams have two […]

Ian Appears on Podcast to Talk Filmmaking and More

Ian recently sat down with host Jim Henderson for a half-hour conversation on Henderson’s podcast ‘Off The Record.’ The two discussed Ian’s creative trajectory including previous efforts, ‘From the Sky’ and newer projects as well as the writer/director/producer’s upbringing, influences and turning points. Past guests of ‘Off The Record’ include Ira Glass (Host and Creator of NPR’s This American Life), […]

‘From the Sky’ wins Best Narrative Short at RIFF 2015

The ninth annual Rainier Independent Film Festival awarded Ian’s debut with the top honor in the narrative shorts category at the closing ceremony held on Sunday, May 17th in Ashford, Washington. This is the tenth award for the film since its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2014. For the complete list of winners, visit: Rainier […]

15th Festival for ‘From the Sky’ Announced

The ninth annual Rainier Independent Film Festival has chosen ‘From the Sky’ as an Official Selection, and will host Ian’s multi-award winning film on Sunday, May 17th at 2 PM. The eclectic festival screens ‘From the Sky’ with other short films in the Cine-Yurt at Wellspring Spa, located inside the Mt. Rainier National Park near the base of the […]

Ian’s Interview Translated for Popular European Film Site

Ian’s recent interview with Cinephilia & Beyond has been translated for a featured spot on a leading Croatian film website. Follow the link to have a look: Vizija i borba jednog predanog filmaša: Razgovor s Ianom Ebrightom  

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 […]

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 […]

‘From the Sky’ Earns High Marks in First Written Review

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘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, […]

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

‘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/  

International Premiere Set for ‘From the Sky’

‘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 […]

Film Shortage selects ‘From the Sky’ for Daily Short Pick

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  

‘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 […]

Ian discusses ‘From the Sky’ with Middle East Revised

‘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 […]

Portland to host ‘From the Sky’ at 41st NW Filmmakers’ Festival

‘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 […]

10th festival for ‘From the Sky’ is also the film’s NYC Premiere

‘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 […]

Al Arabiya interviews Ian for article on ‘From the Sky’

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  

Kansas welcomes ‘From the Sky’ for 12th annual Tallgrass Int’l Film Festival

‘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  

‘From the Sky’ receives four nominations; Ian with two for writing and directing

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’ named Winner in Accolade Global Film Competition

‘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 Sky’ wins at Awareness Festival

‘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.  

Hollywood Film Festival Selects ‘From the Sky’ for 2014 event

‘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). […]

Flagstaff to host ‘From the Sky’ for festival #7

Ian’s award-winning debut ‘From the Sky’ has been chosen as an official selection at the 11th annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. The festival focuses on bringing “socially conscious, environmentally aware, and outdoor adventure” films to this picturesque region in Arizona. ‘From the Sky’ will screen on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30PM. Click below for more […]

Ian interviewed by New York-based filmmaker

Writer/director Stephanie Gardner invited Ian and ‘From The Sky’ to be featured in her column at PCP Media after she saw the film at the 2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival. The article includes a write-up on ‘From the Sky’ and conversation about Ian’s inspiration, creative process, and what he hopes people take away from the film. Follow the link for […]

‘From the Sky’ Nominated for Annual Casting Award

The Casting Society of America has nominated Stephen Salamunovich for his work with writer/director Ian Ebright and producer Jess Grant in casting ‘From the Sky.’ Salamunovich is a Seattle-based casting director with credits including ‘The Details’ (Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney) and ’21 & Over.’ The nomination places ‘From the Sky’ as one of […]

‘From the Sky’ to screen in Colorado at Moondance Int’l FF

‘From the Sky’ has been selected as a finalist/official selection at the 15th annual Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, CO.  Ian’s debut will screen with other cinematic works on Friday, September 26th at 8:40PM in the Executive Boardroom of the historic Hotel Boulderado. For ticketing and more information, follow the link below. Moondance International […]

‘From the Sky’ returns to California for two more festivals

Ian Ebright’s award-winning debut is headed back to The Golden State following the film’s world premiere last April at the Newport Beach Film Festival. ‘From the Sky’ is an Official Selection at Awareness Festival and Wine Country Film Festival in the month of September, and will screen for each event on Sunday, September 21st. Awareness Festival will host the […]

‘From the Sky’ wins International Humanitarian Award at RIIFF 2014

‘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 […]

Ian writes article for MovieMaker Magazine

Ian was invited to write an article for MovieMaker Magazine, which has been published to coincide with the East Coast premiere of ‘From the Sky.’ The essay explores making the film, including sources of inspiration, examples of what not to do, the pain of progress, and collaborative challenges. Click here to check it out: How They Did […]

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

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 […]

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

  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 […]

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

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 […]