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Ian founded The Harry Bridges Project in 2000. Since then, he has produced, written, and narrated two radio documentaries – From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks and From Piers to Plantations, a Union in Hawai’i – both of which aired on Public Radio and were distributed by PRI. From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks is also the name of the one-man play that Ian wrote and premiered at the University of Washington Summer Arts Festival in 2001, he has since performed the play over 200 times, particularly to unions and educators. During that time he also wrote two additional one-man plays and produced three documentary films – about mechanization on the waterfront, the life and work of Arbitrator Sam Kagel, and the ILWU Local 10 Drill Team. The film version of From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks, which Ian produced along with Suzanne Thompson, was directed and shot by multi-Academy Award winner Haskell Wexler. It has aired nationwide on PBS for the past four years, making it available to more than 150 million Americans.
The project has also produced the CD soundtrack Step by Step, and an educational package of 12 Lesson Plans for high schools. In 2010, Ian received a COLA Fellowship and began writing To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine, which has it's own website. He has been performing this new play for the last two years across America and in London.
Ian is currently working on a treatment for a feature film based on the 1934 San Francisco General Strike and on a new radio documentary about singer Barbara Dane titled “A Wild Woman Sings the Blues."