The 2019 Fresh Film Festival Programme has been updated on their website and has a number of events taking place from March 25 – 30th (inclusive). check out the programme on their website link below and be sure to drop into some of the public events and show your support for young Irish Film Makers.

https://freshfilmfestival.com/programme/
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Norman Hollyn – R.I.P

Posted: March 20, 2019 in Uncategorized
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“It takes a certain type of person to be comfortable in the field of editing,” Hollyn wrote in the introduction to the book’s fourth edition. “The ability to work long days, long weeks and long months in a small, crowded room with the same small group of people is a necessity. You must be able to concentrate on the tiniest detail and keep working until it is right. Editing can be an obsession — good editing almost certainly is.”

Norman Hollyn.

Creative Broadcast and Film Production LIT presents The Art of The Documentary with award-winning documentary director, Ken Wardrop on Thursday 7th March at LIT Moylish.

The events take place between 11-4pm and include a guest lecture, ‘Making the Grade’  film screening with Q&A and documenatry practice forum for students. All details below.

Ken Wardrop is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices and is known for his award-winning work. His short films include the multi-award winning short documentary UNDRESSING MY MOTHER, which received a special mention at the Sundance Film Festival and a European Academy Award in 2005. Other award winning short films include THE HERD, USELESS DOG and FAREWELL PACKETS OF TEN. His debut feature documentary HIS & HERS won the World Cinema Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2010. His sophomore film “Mom and Me” screened at the prestigious 2016 Telluride Film Festival and picked up national and international awards including an IFTA for Best Documentary Feature. His latest film “Making the Grade” premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and had a successful theatrical run in 2018.

A graduate of the National Film School of Ireland (IADT), Ken’s approach to film-making was first honed as a film student and since developed professionally into his unique style and creative voice. Ken demonstrates the importance of fostering professional relationships during College years as the foundation to his career success.

This event is not to be missed for anyone interested in developing a career in film making or the creative arts.

Event Details

11-12.30pm The Art of the Documentary: Guest lecture with Director Ken Wardrop

Insightful exploration of Ken’s unique approach to documentary production and commercial work.

Venue: Room 3A02

Free Admission. All welcome. No advance booking required.

1pm-2.45pm ‘Making The Grade’-  Lunchtime feature documentary screening (95mins) followed by Q&A with Director Ken Wardrop. MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson and is a story of the trans-formative power of music. A must-see for documentary, film and music enthusiasts alike.

Venue: Millennium Theatre.

Free Admission. No advance booking required.

3-4pm CBFP Documentary Forum with Ken Wardrop. Open to CBFP final year students. Information from muireann.debarra@lit.ie.

Spaces Limited with advance booking required via eventbrite here <https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-art-of-the-documentary-with-ken-wardrop-guest-lecture-film-screening-and-qa-tickets-57518835385?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing>

For further information contact Muireann de Barra- Assistant Lecturer, Creative Broadcast and Film Production, LSAD Design  email: muireann.debarra@lit.ie

Muireann de Barra

Assistant Lecturer- Creative Broadcast and Film Production

LSAD Design

LIT, Moylish Park, Limerick

e: muireann.debarra@lit.ie

The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

 

 

(As Per RTÉ’s Website)

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and NI Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Information on requirements and conditions can be seen on the FAQ section on the RTÉ website HERE

or for Directors who wish to send expressions of interest, email to storyland2019@rte.ie

Director David Burns outside the Royal Theatre, Limerick.

In another article in this weeks Limerick Post, the idea of a city centre cinema is under discussion again. As a member of the steering group for The Royal project, I am still hopeful that funding can be found to get this multi-purpose project realised.

 

Screening of the documentary “This is Nicolas” takes place this coming Wednesday 6th Feb, 7:30pm at the Nenagh Ormond Cinema. Details via the Facebook page on the poster.

HEAD STRONG

(Working Title)

Head Strong (Working title) is an emotional journey with Brain Injury survivors, families of victims, the professional medical staff and the post injury support services, as they battle continuously to rebuild lives and make sense of the traumatic events, that suddenly impacted their world.

Simon suffered a sudden subarachnoid haemorrhage in Oct 2016 and thankfully survived. By telling this and other survivors stories, it is hoped that new awareness can be made about acquired brain injuries in Ireland.

This documentary is in development and hopefully moving to preproduction early 2019.

If you have a story that you feel links into the the story of this documentary then please send an email to the address below. We will try to respond to all emails.

headstrongfilm@gmail.com

 

Live 95FM interview 07/01/2019

LIT LECTURER DRAWING ON EXPERIENCE OF SUFFERING BRAIN INJURY TO MAKE DOCUMENTARY


LIT lecturer drawing on experience of suffering brain injury to make documentary

An LIT lecturer is drawing on his experience of suffering a brain injury to make a documentary on the subject.

Simon McGuire, a film and broadcast editor, was struck by a brain haemorrage out of the blue in 2016, and wants to use his road to recovery to raise awareness of the issue.

He’s looking to speak to other sufferers and their families for the production.

But he also understands that some of those people may find telling their stories difficult.

I had the pleasure to be interviewed on the impact of Troy Studios, by the team at UL’s student publication; Limerick Voice, which is available with this weekend’s edition of the Limerick Leader.

The newly announcement of the rebranding of Screen training Ireland to Screen Skills Ireland, have also released an information site for budding film-makers, students and anyone considering a career in the creative screen sector.

According to their website:

Careers in Screen is a dedicated space that outlines the broad range of job roles available in the screen industry in Ireland and directs you to the most appropriate routes to the roles. The content has been developed by Screen Skills Ireland in consultation with screen industry professionals. It is available to help guide you if you are thinking about a career in the screen sector.

If you are interested in getting some information on your chosen career path then this site aims to give you the initial guide on what maybe required for each position. Click on the image above for the link or HERE

If you are looking for a third level programme in the Broadcast and Film sector then click on the image below for the ‘Creative Broadcast and Film Production‘ Programme which is now at LSAD, LIT.