FROM THE SKY       2014

Photo by Tony Tibbetts

dramatic thriller | writer, director, producer

‘From the Sky’ is the award-winning debut from Ian Ebright, with producer Jess Grant. In the narrative short film, a peaceful father and his troubled son struggle to live a nomadic life in their region of the Middle East. As drones patrol overhead, the men are forced to make difficult decisions when their camp is visited by two militants. Ian conducted extensive research, hosted an ongoing dialogue with Middle Eastern advisers throughout the screenwriting process, and cast fluent Arabic-speaking actors. The film represents a true collaboration between the writer/director, cast, crew, advisers including Oscar-nominated producer John Sinno (Iraq in Fragments), and interpreters including Syrian actor Jay Abdo (opposite Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King).

‘From the Sky’ stars Maz Siam (Argo, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mindy Project ), Mohamad Tamimi, Steven Soro, and Georges Chalhoub. The Short Film Awards 2014 recognized Tamimi with the Best Supporting Actor award and Siam with a Best Actor nomination for their performances in the film. ‘From the Sky’ was also the recipient of the International Humanitarian Award Grand Prize out of 5,000 submissions and 250 screened films at the 18th annual Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival (2014). ‘From the Sky’ received 12 awards, 7 nominations, and invitations to more than 25 festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, and Newport Beach Film Festival.

“Thought-provoking and unforgettable.” -The Independent Critic.com

“A must-see.” -Thaqafa Magazine

“Brilliant.” -Cinephilia & Beyond

FROM THE SKY – Full Film:

The production team on ‘From the Sky’ includes noteworthy talent. Editor Eric Frith cut prominent documentaries including ‘Finding Hillywood,’ ‘A Lot Like You,’ and ‘The Heart of the Game’ which was distributed by Miramax and heralded as “an Oscar level piece of work” by film critic Richard Roeper. ‘From the Sky’ features an original score by internationally acclaimed ambient electronic artist loscil, and post production audio work from the Emmy Award-winning team at Bad Animals in Seattle, whose recent credits include director Lynn Shelton’s latest film ‘Laggies’ starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell.

In July 2016, ‘From the Sky’ had its television debut on PBS’ Seattle affiliate KCTS 9. The same month, the film streamed on the SIFF Selects channel for Alaska Airlines’ inflight entertainment, as well as on PBS.org and KCTS9.org. Throughout its lengthy festival circuit run, ‘From the Sky’ received coverage in MovieMaker Magazine and Al Arabiya online, was nominated for Video of the Week on Awardeo.tv, and was featured on Film Shortage and ILoveShortFilms.com.

Other Links:

‘From the Sky’ Official Site

‘From the Sky’ on IMDB

‘From the Sky’ on Facebook

‘From the Sky’ on Twitter

 

PROFESSIONALS       2015

Photo by Joseph Lambert

comedy | co-writer, director

Producers Joseph Lambert and Daniel Brockley invited Ian 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.

”Professionals’ is a comedic short film inspired by ‘The Thomas Crown Affair,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and the films of Cameron Crowe. The film follows an employee attempting to navigate obsessive feelings for his boss (played by Lisa Coronado) while facing an adversarial relationship with her father- the company CEO.

PROFESSIONALS – Full Film:

‘Professionals’ stars Brockley (NBC’s Grimm), Coronado (Showtime’s Twin Peaks), and veteran stage actor Joseph P. McCarthy.

 

THE DEVIL NEEDS A FIX       2017

Photo by Regan MacStravic

comedy, drama, fantasy | writer, director, producer

‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ is a new short film from Ian’s eleventh screenplay. In this dramatic dark comedy, an ambivalent reporter will get a big break if his interview with the Devil goes as planned. ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ is an unconventional look at temptation, longing, and the sophisticated nature of fear in a modern society.

The film reunites Ian with ‘From the Sky’ award­-winning producer Jess Grant, editor Eric Frith, actor Steven Soro, and assistant director Ian Van der Werff. ‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ also stars Stefan Hajek (SXSW Audience Award winner Eden, Dawson’s Creek) and Rosalie Miller (SyFy’s Z Nation). The film is populated with music from the Hensinki-based band Husky Rescue (SXSW, Lollapalooza, HBO’s THE SOPRANOS, KEXP), including previously unreleased versions and original music for the film by founding member and lead musician Marko Nyberg.

“Deliciously intriguing…a sophisticated dark comedy with an edge.” -Thomas Ethan Harris (American Cinematheque, Los Angeles Film Festival Co-Founder)

“A smart and funny script, genuine creepiness, and a great twist.” -Tony Kay (The Sun Break, City Arts)

THE DEVIL NEEDS A FIX – Official Trailer:

‘The Devil Needs a Fix’ was completed in September 2016 and had its World Premiere at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival. Follow the project on Facebook at http://facebook.com/devilneedsafixfilm and Twitter at http://twitter.com/devilneedsafix

 

HIR       IN DEVELOPMENT

Storyboard by Tom Price

drama | writer, producer

Ian is developing an ensemble drama for television based on his tenth screenplay. The project’s title has been replaced with an acronym.

HIR co-writer and co-producer Eric Frith creates films that have screened at top festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival, and many others around the world. These cinematic works have received numerous awards and been acquired for domestic and international distribution by outlets including Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, American Masters PBS, and Phase 4 Films. Eric and Ian previously collaborated together on ‘From the Sky.’

HIR composer loscil is an internationally recognized music composer and producer based in Vancouver, BC. Since 2001, he has released dozens of recordings on respected labels including Portland’s Kranky and New York’s Ghostly International. loscil has toured extensively in North America and Europe and played renowned festivals such as Mutek, Decibel, AKOUSMA, Tone Deaf, Soundasaurus, Substrata, and New Forms. His music has appeared in films including the box office hit ‘Divergent’ starring Shailene Woodley, director Sofia Coppola’s latest ‘The Bling Ring,’ and documentaries such as ‘Dam Nation’ and ‘The Corporation.’ loscil and Ian previously collaborated together on ‘From the Sky.’

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