Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker currently based in Maine. 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 (2007), which was released theatrically in 60 cities and awarded a George Foster Peabody Award.
Ian subsequently directed the feature documentary THE GREENING OF SOUTHIE, which aired on The Sundance Channel and was featured in The New Yorker; TRUCK FARM, the story of urban agriculture in New York City, which aired on PBS; THE CITY DARK, a feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night, released theatrically and on PBS’ POV; THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, a feature documentary about American Chinese food now available on Netflix; 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.
His most recent film THE MOST UNKNOWN (2018) is a collaboration with Vice Media and the Simons Foundation.
In 2010, Ian co-founded FoodCorps, a nationwide public service organization. In 2011 he and longtime collaborator Curt Ellis were awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for their work in sustainability. In 2014-2015, Ian was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. A visiting professor at the Università degli Studi di Science Gastronomic and a lecturer at Yale College, Ian travels frequently to teach, show his films, lead workshops, and give talks about the human relationship to the natural world.