Ian Powers '96

Ian is an innovator and creator within the film industry, whose career has taken him all over the the world. After working in film production in Japan, Ian relocated to China in 2003 where he became one of the only non-Chinese to earn the coveted position of action director in the Chinese film industry. He has made feature films, shorts, commercials, and over a hundred television episodes. In 2005, Ian partnered with Beijing Taibo Film Television & Advertising Studios to develop projects for the Chinese market. Projects have included Kung Fu Dragon for Disney China, CYBOARS for Black Dragon Entertainment, and Ninjago, a pilot for Lego Corporation, which went on to become an award winning animated television series and toy line. In 2012, Ian opened Dragons Gate Entertainment, a China-based film company that concentrates on increasing cultural understanding through film. Recent projects have included Old Boys: The Way of the Dragon, and Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan. Ian is also known as 恒力 (Heng Li), and is a life-long martial arts practitioner. He and his wife, Zhang Qiushi, live in Beijing. Ian gave the address at Marvelwood’s 59th Commencement in May 2017.