Ian Ogden graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, Ian was awarded a Panavision New Filmmaker Production Grant, with which he wrote, directed, and edited COPPERHEAD ROAD - a 35mm short film that had an International Premiere at the 2006 Sao Paulo International Film Festival, was an “Official Selection” at 21 festivals worldwide, and was awarded “Best Narrative Short” at the 2006 Denver Underground Film Festival and “Honorable Mention for a Short Film” at the 2005 Big Apple Film Festival.
After graduating, Ian worked as a freelance film and video editor on numerous projects including feature films, television shows, documentaries, show opens, promos and commercials for such clients as Nickelodeon, General Electric and Citibank. In 2013, Ian edited the Silver Telly Award-winning VATICAN II: INSIDE THE COUNCIL - a 10-episode television series focusing on the history of Vatican II, and how it shaped the Catholic Church of today. More recently though, Ian edited the independent narrative feature, WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY, which went on to win the Discovery Award for Best First Feature Film at the Calgary International Film Festival and be distributed on VOD platforms by The Orchard. Currently, Ian works as a staff editor at Droga5 on both broadcast and online commercial content.
Additionally, Ian directed pilot episodes of GROWING UP GREENWICH for MTV in 2007 and FOLKMOOT for WLIW in 2008, and the Off-Off Broadway play, PROPAGANDA, at Greenwich Village’s historic Players Theatre in 2012. In 2013, Ian directed the one-act play WHAT WILL PEOPLE THINK?!, which was a Finalist for Best Play at the Strawberry Theatre Festival. Ian then followed that up with PSYCHO THERAPY in the Take Ten Theatre Festival, which was nominated for Best Actor and Best Director. Most recently, Ian directed the full-length play HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in July of 2013.
Ian is also currently seeking financing for CHILD IN THE DARK - a low-budget horror screenplay that was awarded a Panasonic Filmmaker Grant at IFP’s 2008 Independent Film Week Project Forum, won the “Award for Creative Excellence” in the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival Horror Screenplay Competition (600 horror script entries), won 2nd Place in the 2008 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition (4,300 entries), placed 4th out of 2,200 entries in the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition (all genres), and was selected to participate in the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Lab, the 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab, NALIP’S 2009 Latino Writers Lab, and NALIP’s 2009 Latino Producers Academy - which Ian attended as a Director Fellow. The project will mark Ian’s feature-length directorial debut.
Originally from South Florida, Ian is currently based in Brooklyn, New York and is a member of the New York chapter of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and DIRECTORS NYC.