Thursday, August 20, 2009

One year later - The success of Ian Olds' FIXER is fixed.

Approximately 11 months ago, I sat across a table from director Ian Olds and his producer Nancy Roth. With his delicate features and perfectly coiffed hair, Olds certainly doesn't look like a guy who has spent months in two of the most harrowing and war-torn countries in the world: Iraq and Afghanistan. Olds was there with his feature film, FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI

A feature-length documentary, FIXER follows the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and his client, American journalist Christian Parenti. This intimate portrait of two colleagues shifts dramatically when Ajmal is kidnapped along with an Italian reporter and ultimately, murdered. I had been familiar with the film previously, while on the voting committee at the Tribeca Gucci Fund, which gave the film a much-deserved grant.

Since meeting with Ian at IFP, he and his film enjoyed incredible success. Along with being broadcast on HBO in the next couple of weeks (see schedule here ) won raves at festivals across the world, from IFF Rotterdam to Tribeca Film Festival, where Olds won the " Best New Documentary Filmmaker" award, and Olds was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film .

Nest up for Ian, he told me recently, is a return to fiction film. I can definitely expect him back at Film Week in the future; he is a filmmaking force to be reckoned with.

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