Ian Olds

Ian Olds is a director of both narrative and documentary work. Olds’ Burn Country, which world-premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the festival’s Best Actor prize for lead Dominic Rains, opens December 9, 2016. Olds’ previous directing credits include the Independent Spirit Award-winning Iraq war doc Occupation: Dreamland; the Emmy-nominated Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi; and the doc/fiction hybrid Francophrenia, with James Franco. Olds was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2009.


Why Now We Must Make Work That Truly Matters

By Ian Olds | December 8, 2016

Why Now We Must Make Work That Truly Matters

The election and his new film, Burn Country, prompt Ian Olds to grapple with how important art is now, and what is its place in the world.