Available until March 31, 2017.
A father and son try to cope with the effects of drone warfare in their region of the Middle East.
From the Sky is the debut from writer/director Ian Ebright, with producer Jess Grant. The narrative short film stars Maz Siam (Argo, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal), Mohamad Tamimi, Steven Soro, and Georges Chalhoub.
From the Sky received 12 awards in total, including Best Short and Best Screenplay at Forum Film Festival in New York City and the International Humanitarian Award Grand Prize. The film also received five nominations, including Excellence in Short Film Casting from the CSA Artios Award (2014), and more than 25 Official Selections, including Seattle International Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and Hollywood Film Festival. The renowned website Cinephilia & Beyond called From the Sky “an amazing and pioneering short film … the ability to say so much in so few words and images is an unwavering testament to the filmmaker’s prowess.”
It was always crucial to me that From the Sky be a considerate and credible representation. I researched drone strikes and the impact of drone surveillance on civilians throughout the Middle East and Asia, but the most transformative aspects of this experience occured when the project became collaborative. This began as an ongoing dialogue with American advisers on the Middle East, including Oscar-nominated producer John Sinno (Iraq in Fragments), and grew to include the outstanding crew, insightful Arabic language interpreters including Syrian actor Jay Abdo (who appeared opposite Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King), and the terrific Arab-American cast (Maz Siam, Mohamad Tamimi, Steven Soro and Georges Chalhoub). These men and women elevated the material to a more challenging, multi-faceted and dynamic place; a testiment to the beauty of creating together in what feels like increasingly divided times. The result is a film that holds its gaze as humanity and horror unfold.
About the Filmmaker
Ian Ebright is the writer, director and co-producer of the acclaimed narrative short film From the Sky. Ian was awarded Most Promising Filmmaker at the 2015 Spokane International Film Festival for his work on the film, which also won the Spokane jury’s top prize for Best Mid-Length Film and an Audience Award. He was invited to direct and co-write a comedic short film for the 48 Hour Film Project in 2015, and is developing a TV series and a third short film from his tenth and eleventh screenplays.
Ebright spent his late teens and early 20s as a film critic and journalist for websites in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle before moving on to study directing, cinematography and editing at the Seattle Film Institute. He blogged for prominent sites, conducted interviews ranging from actor Terence Stamp to New York Times-bestselling author Donald Miller, and wrote multiple screenplays leading up to his work on From the Sky.