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Personal “director’s interview” published

Personal “director’s interview” published

Posted on February 04, 2017

Leading up the broadcast premier of Suturing Cultures, Ian’s latest film, a private conversation between the director and his sister edited together with old family photos has been published on the homepage for the film.  Details on the piece as well as the broadcast information can be found on the DocumentingIan blog.

Part 2 of mini-doc for Imperial Hotel published

Part 2 of mini-doc for Imperial Hotel published

Posted on February 03, 2017

The second in a series of documentary-style videos directed by Ian for the Imperial Hotel Tokyo was published this week.  Accompanied by a column written by Ian, links and the backstory for the project can be found on the Documenting Ian blog.

“Suturing Cultures” to Premier Feb 6!

“Suturing Cultures” to Premier Feb 6!

Posted on January 30, 2017

Details about “Suturing Cultures”, Ian’s latest documentary, have just been published on the Documenting Blog.  The film follows a group of young Japanese medical students as they prepare for a future of becoming doctors when they must navigate issues of culture, religion and sexual orientation… in English.

Fukushima “voluntary evacuees” press conference MC’d by Ian

Fukushima “voluntary evacuees” press conference MC’d by Ian

Posted on January 17, 2017

Today Ian MC’d the press conference “Fukushima Voluntary Evacuees on Verge of Losing Homes” at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ).  He shared his impressions and several episodes from the press conference on the DocumentingIan Blog, including when one mother shared an emotional account of Fukushima children being bullied at their new school: when parents complained to administrators, they were told “you made the choice to evacuate- if your children are being bullied, that’s your fault”.

Ian’s last column for “5” published

Ian’s last column for “5” published

Posted on January 11, 2017

As a guest columnist, Ian has written for the magazine “5” for the past two years.  In December, Learning to Say Goodbye, his last column for the magazine, was published.  Today Ian shared the original English along with a Japanese translation on the Documenting Blog.

2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

Posted on December 31, 2016

As it has been his tradition for the past few years, today Ian published his 2016 Year in Review on the DocumentingIan Blog.  Check out some of the highlights, which include his film work, published writings and even a helicopter shoot!

“The making of a Twitter documentary: The last wish of Mr. Hata” published

“The making of a Twitter documentary: The last wish of Mr. Hata” published

Posted on November 29, 2016

The Number One Shimbun, a publication of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, has just published Ian’s article “The making of a Twitter documentary: The last wish of Mr. Hata” as the cover story of its year-end issue.  The article, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Ian’s documenting live on Twitter the reunion earlier this year between a dying and the son he had not seen in 30 years, can be found here.