Friday, January 25, 2013

Feeling grateful, honoured and on task for 2013.

My film “Gurei Zoun No Naka” or "In the Grey Zone" (website HERE), premiered last summer at the 2012 Rhode Island International Film Festival.  On the final day of the festival, I had the honour of receiving the “Filmmaker of the Future Award" (HERE). 

After the festival was over, the votes were tallied and the audience choice awards were announced in the autumn.  “In the Grey Zone” was given the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary!

The certificate arrived in the post today. 

This gives me an extra boost to finish my new feature documentary film, about the children in Fuksuhima with newly discovered thyroid cysts and nodules, which is currently in the final stages of post-production.  I will be posting the trailer for that along with some new short documentary updates about Fukushima here on my blog and on my channel (HERE) very soon.
In The Grey Zone (synopsis)
In the zone 20-30 km from the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, the
children of Minamisoma City are heading back to school amidst abnormally high levels
of radiation and toxic rain one month after the nuclear meltdown.
Filmmaker of the Future Award (description)
Presented to a filmmaker whose vision excites audiences and judges alike about the potential to produce compelling and successful films in the future
Gurei Zoun No Naka (In the Grey Zone) | Ian Thomas Ash, Japan, 2012


Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you with the film on Japan's children.

I'll never understand why there isn't a massive outcry to help these children.

By the way, your blog was featured on

Anonymous said...

As someone who survived a possible thyroid cancer diagnosis, thyroid surgery, and a diagnosis of thyroid disease (all of which was hellacious)...THANK YOU SO MUCH for these documentaries!!

An unhealthy thyroid causes much grief, although it's hard to get proper treatment or attention. And it's extremely easy to injure a thyroid with toxins, especially from nuclear accidents!!!....

Good luck to all of those patients and Japanese citizens...

I recovered, but it was hell.

Anonymous said...

For everyone in Japan, trust me, an ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure!!!

THANKS AGAIN for this important documentary!!!

Anonymous said...

hi ian could we talk?

glad to see you were justly you rewarded for your hard won efforts!! congratulations...
hope all is well with you and yours
peace sean

N. said...

Big thanks from me too. Sir, you are a good human.
I visited your account on YouTube, please read my mail.

Pat said...

Congrats Sweetie, I know your parents are proud of you as am I.
I'm doing fine, half way thru radiation treatments and all is good. Be so glad when these are over.
Keep smiling. Love and hugs

kkarden said...

Keep up the good work! It is imperative that people all over the world know about this. Japan is a country that I called home for 8 years and it is absolutely heartbreaking what has happened.