Festival Year: 2019, 2017


Ian Cheney

Roles: Director

Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He grew up in New England and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University. After graduate school, Ian co-created, co-produced and starred in the feature documentary King Corn, which aired on PBS and was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award in 2009. Ian subsequently directed the feature documentary The Greening of Southie, featured in The New Yorker and on Good Morning America; Truck Farm, the story of urban agriculture in New York City; The City Dark, a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night; The Search for General Tso, a feature documentary about American Chinese food; Bluespace, which explores the terraforming of Mars and the waterways of New York City; and The Smog of the Sea, a collaboration with musician Jack Johnson about microplastics in the sea. His most recent film, The Most Unknown, is a feature documentary profiling 9 scientists working on the fringes of human knowledge, released theatrically by Abramorama.

He has also produced short films for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Undark. A co-founder of FoodCorps, a nationwide public service organization, in 2011 he and longtime collaborator Curt Ellis were awarded the Heinz Award for their work in sustainability. In 2014-2015, Ian was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Formerly a visiting professor at the Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche in Italy, he is now an adjunct professor at Yale College. He lives in Maine.


The Long Coast

(US, 2020, 80min)
Director: Ian Cheney

Thirteen Ways

(US, 2019, 75min)
Director: Ian Cheney

Most Unknown

(US, 2018, 92min)
Director: Ian Cheney

Smog of the Sea

(US, 2016, 28min)


(US, 2015, 71min)

City Dark, The

(US, 2011, 84min)