This past weekend, Ian was invited to give a master class in Taipei during the Doc + Documentary Workshop which was sponsored by the Taiwan Film Institute. Serving beside filmmakers Feng Yan, from China, and Cathie Dambel, from France, the weekend was filled with screenings, film clinics and master classes. Ian’s report on Director Feng Yan’s master class can be found on the DocumentingIan blog here, more on the screening of Ian’s first film, “the ballad of vicki and jake”, can be found here, and more on editor Cathie Dambel’s class can be found here.
PHOTO: Nippon Connection Film Festival © 2013 Ian has just returned from the World Premier of his documentary film ‘A2‘ at the 13th edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. At the closing night ceremony, ‘A2’ was announced as the recipient of the Nippon Vision Award from among the 12 nominated films. For more information, please visit Ian’s blog: “Connecting with an audience“, about the great audiences and cinemas at Nippon Connection “Playing to a packed house“, about the World Premier of ‘A2’ “Filming the filmmaker“, about being in front of the camera for a change “And the award goes to…“, about the honour of receiving the […]
Since the March 11, 2011, disaster in Japan, Ian’s work has been focused mainly on the situation directly affecting the children living in Fukushima. Yesterday, however, Ian turned his camera on an anti-nuclear demonstartion in Tokyo. Some of the resulting photographs documenting the rally can be found HERE.
Ian’s two documentaries about the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima have been featured in the Associated Press article “Japanese Disaster Films Highlight Victim’s Stories” (February 27, 2013). Links to the article and several of the media outlets that published it can be found HERE.
“In the Grey Zone”, Ian’s first documentary about the nuclear crises in Fukushima, will be screened in this weekend’s Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Filmed just one month after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, in April 2011, “In the Grey Zone” follows the story of the children living in the 20-30 kilometer radiation zone as they prepare to return to school.
Documentary film director Ian Thomas Ash has been contacted by a lawyer who is representing a group of Fukushima children who have filed a law suit against the local government demanding their right to study in a safe environment. The lawyer has asked Ian for the full version of his documentary “A2”, which is still in post-production, and an official statement about Ian’s findings to be used as evidence in the case. Ian explains what is happening on his blog HERE.
At last month’s Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, Florida, Ian had the honour of meeting award-winning author Shawn Small who was in attendance for the World Premier of his documentary film “Ru: Water is life“. This week Shawn featured Ian and his work in a post titled “Life on the Line” on his blog, Shawn Small Stories.