IAN McFARLAND is a producer, director, editor and musician. His sense or awareness, empathy and instinct for storytelling allows him to create stunningly authentic, engaging, compelling portraits of subjects ranging from internationally known musicians to regular people on the street. He brings a specific understanding of pace, structure and rhythm to his visual work as a result of his musical background.
Ian began his career at an early age, touring the world and performing in bands everywhere from punk rock parties in backyards and living rooms to major European open-air festivals. In the past 10 years, he has directed numerous music videos for Grammy-nominated international acts and created Emmy-nominated and award-winning films aired on SHOWTIME, VICE, SKY, ESPN, MTV & LOGO. He has also worked with top brands, including Bose, The Boston Celtics and Bank of America.
Ian lives in Boston, MA, where he is promoting the release of his new feature-length documentary, THE GODFATHERS OF HARDCORE. The film is an intimate portrait of two of the most influential men in underground music, Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma of the iconic New York hardcore punk rock band Agnostic Front. THE GODFATHERS OF HARDCORE has been on the festival circuit since November 2017 where it premiered at the DOCNYC 2017 Film Festival. It has been featured at over 19 festivals worldwide, selling out the majority of them and winning multiple awards along the way. GODFATHERS has also been featured in reviews by major publications like Rolling Stone, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and UPROXX. It made its US/Canadian broadcast premiere on Showtime in December 2018 then on SKY in The UK in JULY 2019. The film was released worldwide on iTunes, Google, Amazon Vudu and Vimeo On Demand and inn the first week of its release, the film quickly rose to be #1] Music Film on iTunes and held that position for nearly two weeks.