‘140’, a feature length - twitter inspired – documentary, and ‘Slán agus Beannacht’, a dramatic short, both from director Frank Kelly (Emily’s Song) are being screening for the first time this month.
’140’ was shot on 21 June this year, when 140 filmmakers in 140 different locations simultaneously shot 140 seconds of footage to demonstrate the connections between them and the places they call home. Frank tells IFTN the concept of the project presented itself when he realised he was becoming increasingly distracted by the blogging site, Twitter, and felt the need to incorporate it into his work to make his time spent on the site worthwhile.
The project was orchestrated by Frank contacted filmmakers he had met at previous film festivals and he circulated press releases in a bid to collect 140 film directors. Produced by Frank Kelly, ‘140’ is an experimental documentary that brings together the talents of these 140 filmmakers in 30 countries on 5 continents, ranging from students to seasoned industry professionals.
The footage shot has been assembled by Frank into a feature length montage of poignant visual moments – the exact same moments captured all across the planet. ‘140’ has also caught international attention - Fast Company Magazine recently named Kelly as one of 7 fascinating filmmakers to follow on twitter in a list that also includes Michael Moore and David Lynch. A special event of 140 screenings around the world on the same day is also planned for the premiere in November and ‘140’ received a special preview screening at Hatchfest in Montana USA on Thursday the 1st of October.
Another project of Kelly’s, ‘Slán agus Beannacht’, will be featured on RTÉ’s ‘Nationwide’ on Wednesday, October 7th. The short film, which was written, directed and produced by Frank in April of this year will have its first full screening in Boyne Books in Callan Art, Drogheda on the 16th of October before it begins its festival run. The film features Paschal Scott (Penny, The Tunnel) in the role of Pat, a rent collector whose lifestyle and livelihood is being threatened by the introduction of direct debit payment methods.
The cast also features Rory Mullen (The House), Elaine Reddy (Touching People), Ann Russell, Noel Kelly (Bill, For Short), Tony Leddy and Gerry Shanahan (Tart). JJ Rolfe (The Good Doctor) was the project’s director of photography with Susan Downey on sound, Eoin McGlaughin on lighting and Mary Ellen Darby on make-up. The film was shot in Dundalk and Drogheda on a shoe-string budget for Pale Stone Productions and was edited by Frank.
For more information about these projects and others you can log on to www.frankkelly.blogspot.com.