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A poverty-stricken father and son struggle to survive in a region of the Middle East frequently targeted by unmanned aerial strikes.
A poverty-stricken father and son struggle to survive in a region of the Middle East frequently targeted by unmanned aerial strikes.
A poverty-stricken father and son struggle to survive in a region of the Middle East frequently targeted by unmanned aerial strikes.
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Upcoming NW festivals and helpful feedback

Hi everyone, 

From the Sky debuted on April 30th of last year at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now nine months into our film festival circuit run (which typically lasts 18 months for a successful short film) we've shifted our strategy to fewer submissions and at festivals around the Pacific Northwest. Reason being, these are closer to my home base in Seattle, so it's quicker and more affordable to attend. During this transition towards fewer regional festivals, I'm focused on driving traffic to the film's online streaming presence while working on my feature film House in Ruins and looking for employment in the film world. 

February is a surprisingly busy month for the film, screening at three different festivals. If you'd like to see the film in a proper venue and say hello, consider attending and/or sharing the news with any connections you have in the area. 

From the Sky returns to Washington State after SIFF 2014 as an Official Selection of the 17th annual Spokane International Film Festival. The film screens with other short films in the Best of the Northwest showcase on Friday, February 6th at 5:30PM in the historic Bing Crosby Theater. I'm scheduled to attend and participate in the post-screening Q&A. For more, visit: http://spokanefilmfestival.org/

Next, ‘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. Hop the border if you're looking for a good reason to get out of Seattle. I'm scheduled for the post-screening Q&A. For more info, visit the official festival site: victoriafilmfestival.com

And on February 28th at 2:15PM, From the Sky screens on the final day of the 15th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival at Western Washington University with a Q&A to follow. For more: http://bhrff.webs.com/2015festivalschedule.htm

Finally, a favor to ask. Will you take a moment to help the film by giving it a star-rating on IMDB? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3137650/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1

thank you!

ian

Writer/director Ian Ebright's next project, and how you can help

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Hi everyone, 

'From the Sky' continues to roll along, gaining online views and official selections at festivals including an international premiere. Can you believe the film has received six awards, five nominations, and 14 official selections from festivals including two Oscar-qualifiers? I'll have an update soon.

Today, I want to share a bit about my new film and ask for your help. 

Following months of research, interviews, outlining, writing and re-writing, my seventh screenplay 'House in Ruins' is complete and is in development with an award-winning creative team as my feature directorial debut. Like 'From the Sky,' I've taken timely events (reported in The New York Times and Forbes) and expanded the story into a fictional narrative and a more universal cautionary tale, inspired by films like 'Margin Call,' 'The Insider,' 'The Firm,' 'Michael Clayton,' and 'Shattered Glass.' 'House in Ruins’ explores the corrosive nature of hubris, misogyny, and the bondage of lopsided relationships, all in a very unique setting. The film is an adult-oriented ensemble drama featuring prominent roles for dynamic female characters.

The storyboard above reveals Greta Meyers, one of the protagonists in 'House in Ruins.' She's just paper at this point, but I love this character, this scene, and this story. That cliché about the one creative work that takes decades of living and reflection to understand? 'House in Ruins' is mine, somehow 36 years in the making, and counting. I believe this screenplay is special and meaningful, as does my producer and co-producer; that it will attract top-level talent. Contacts in the industry have said as much. We are swinging for the fences and are working to make this a top shelf production, partnered with very recognizable actors and actresses as well as established production and distribution companies. 

The budget is not conducive to Kickstarter, but we remain in need of investors as we seek to raise funds in a variety of ways to meet the film’s budget. Options are available, ranging from donations via an established 501c3 non profit, to temporary loans, to credits and ownership in the film for those willing to make more sizable investments. 

Due to the timely nature of the film's subject matter and existing agreements, we have made the choice to be vague about details of the film and the creative team in public, but would expect and be happy to elaborate on these things for those interested. For more on the project, including brief bios of the creative team including the film's producer with over 20 years experience in filmmaking, visit: http://brokentelegraph.com/projects/

I hope 'From the Sky' has been a worthwhile experience for you and has demonstrated aesthetic, impact, and follow-through to a level that will encourage you toward another collaboration with me, this time on a full-scale film. Those interested can reach me directly through the contact form on my official website: http://brokentelegraph.com/contact/

Thank you,

Ian 

Writer/director- 'From the Sky'

From the Sky arrives on YouTube, and premieres in Oregon

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After our launch on Vimeo last week, From the Sky is now up on YouTube as well. We're off to a slow start on the 'tube and would really benefit from your sharing of the link with your community via email and social media: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd-schYrv5k

Thank you!

From the Sky will screen twice in Portland, OR for the 41st annual NW Filmmakers' Festival in November, on Sunday the 9th at 6:30PM and Friday the 14th at 7PM. Screenings are at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205). 

For more info, visit: 

http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

or click here to buy tickets: 

Sunday 11/9: http://portland.strangertickets.com/events/18843705/nw-film-center-presents-the-41st-northwest-filmmakers-festival-shorts-iii-program

Friday 11/14: http://portland.strangertickets.com/events/18844094/nw-film-center-presents-the-41st-northwest-filmmakers-festival-shorts-iii-program

FROM THE SKY is now online!

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Three awards, five nominations, 11 film festival selections. 

Our film is online and streaming for free exclusively on Vimeo beginning today! Please help get the word out on the film by sharing the link with your community:

http://vimeo.com/ianebright/fromthesky

If you happen want a standardized blurb to paste with your link, we're using this: 

A humble father and his troubled son struggle to cope with the effect of drones in the Middle East. Watch the award-winning narrative short film FROM THE SKY on Vimeo. 

thank you!

Ian Ebright

Writer/Director- 'From the Sky'

Approaching the next phase

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We're just about one week away from the online release of 'From the Sky' and I couldn't be more pleased with this film's life on the festival circuit since the world premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival last April. Look at what you helped to accomplish: a film that has been acknowledged with three awards, five nominations, and 10 film festival official selections. To recap, they are: 

Winner:  

2014 International Humanitarian Award Grand Prize | Rhode Island International Film Festival

2014 Award of Excellence Special Mention, film short | Accolade Global Film Competition  

2014 Activist Award | Awareness Festival 

Nominee: 

2014 Excellence in casting, short film | Casting Society of America/CSA Artios Awards 

2014 Best actor in a short film, Maz Siam | The Short Film Awards 

2014 Best supporting actor in a short film, Mohamad Tamimi | The Short Film Awards 

2014 Best director of a narrative, dramatic or comedic short film, Ian Ebright | The Short Film Awards 

2014 Best writing in a narrative, dramatic or comedic short film, Ian Ebright | The Short Film Awards 

Official Selection: 

2014 Seattle International Film Festival 

2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival 

2014 Hollywood Film Festival 

2014 Newport Beach Film Festival 

2014 Tallgrass International Film Festival 

2014 Moondance International Film Festival 

2014 Forum International Short Film Competition at NYU Law

2014 Wine Country Film Festival 

2014 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 

2014 Awareness Festival

Speaking of, we've got a couple more festivals to announce. The Midwestern premiere of 'From the Sky' will be at the prominent 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS this Saturday, October 18th at 11:30AM with other dramatic shorts. Click on the laurel for ticketing and more info:

And our 10th film festival is also our New York City premiere: the Forum Int'l Short Film Competition at NYU Law on Thursday, November 6 beginning at 7PM in the Time Warner Screening Room. 'From the Sky' will be packaged with the other short film finalists and presented on the final day of their film festival, along with an awards ceremony. Forum boasts a very 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: