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John Ford Ireland Film Symposium set to take place 6th-9th June
17 May 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
The 2nd John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place 6 – 9th June with a four day focus on contemporary filmmaking, inspired and informed by the timeless work of legendary Irish-American director John Ford.

This year’s Symposium will take place in venues across Dublin City Centre, and as with last year’s event, film fans from far and wide can enjoy four days of screenings, lively debates & discussions, incisive lectures, public interviews with filmmakers, anecdotal stories, music nights and plenty more.

Speaking about the 2nd John Ford Ireland, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD said: ‘I am delighted to see the 2nd John Ford Ireland Symposium take place once again in the land of Ford’s heritage. His legacy as one of the world’s greatest filmmakers continues to live on through film, words, music and gatherings. To this day, particularly in Ireland, Ford continues to inspire young up and coming directors and filmmakers.’

IFTA chief executive Áine Moriarty added: “He was a great storyteller but moreover he was a master-filmmaker who inspires many of the world’s greatest filmmakers. It’s fitting that Dublin is now the annual setting for the Ford gathering where film fans, ford enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world can gather to examine and learn from Ford’s work and legacy.”

Among the many highlights at this year’s symposium – which can all be viewed here at the John Ford Ireland website - are a host of panel discussions with a number of award-winning filmmaking and John Ford experts.

Other highlights include:

  • Gala Screening & Public Interview with Patrick and Ethan Wayne, sons of ‘The Duke’ hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan. John Wayne’s two sons, who are travelling from US to take part in the Symposium, will talk about their father’s collaboration and unique relationship with John Ford.
  • Dan Ford, John Ford’s grandson (Producer & author of the book ‘Pappy’) will discuss Ford the man behind the iconic image and share insight for film fans and filmmakers alike.
  • Bertrand Tavernier, renowned French Master and Director of over 25 feature films, participates in a Public Interview discussing his own superb body of work and how Ford has influenced French filmmaking through the years. “John Ford made me what I am. His films made me want to be a filmmaker and this relationship with Ford and with his films, has never stopped”. Tavernier has also selected his favourite Ford films for screening including ‘How Green Was My Valley’ along with his own critically acclaimed and award winning ‘Round Midnight’.
  • Joseph McBride (renowned film historian and biographer for Ford, Spielberg and Orson Welles amongst others), Ford biographer, gives the Keynote Lecture about Ford’s portrayal of Lincoln. Joseph McBride’s ‘Searching for John Ford’ biography has been described by Martin Scorsese as a “treasure”.
  • Pulitzer prize-winning and best-selling author Glenn Frankel (former Washington Post Correspondent and Current Head of the School of Journalism at University of Texas) will give first-hand insight into his new book ‘The Searchers – the Making of an American Legend’, the real story behind the the great American Classic that inspired filmmakers such as Spielberg, Godard, Scorsese, Lucas, Wim Wenders etc.
  • The Ford Film Hub and School has a range of Masterclasses & Discussion Panels over the four days with leading International and Irish film experts with people such as Oscar nominated directors including Tavernier, Sheridan and Jordan along with (BAFTA nominated Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane; Brideshead Revisited) and BAFTA Winning John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission), Andrew Eaton (The Killer Inside Me, Rush with Ron Howard); Mary McGuckian (Man On A Train); Tanya Seghatchian (former head Film Fund UK Film Council); John Woodward (former head British Film Institute); Sean Bobbitt (Cinematographer, Hunger, Byzantium, The Place Beyond the Pines); Mark O’Rowe, (writer, Intermission, Howie the Rookie etc) , Eugene O’Brien (writer, Pure Mule, Eden) and Terry McMahon (writer/director, Charlie Casanova), Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) Eoghan Harris (screen writer Sharpe); Philippe Carcassonne (Coco Before Chanel, The Illusionist) IFTA Rising Star Director/writer Gerard Barrett (Pilgrim Hill); Actors Stephen Rea, Adrian Dunbar among many more..
  • Think you know Ford? Well another Master will be on hand to discuss the subject. UK Master Mind Winner, Aidan McQuade (Northern Ireland).
  • Ford Academic Panel Discussions each day with leading International film experts including Lea Jacobs (University of Wisconsin, USA), Glenn Frankel (University of Austin, Texas), Kevin Rockett (Trinity College), Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth), Charles Barr (University of East Anglia), Tony Tracy (NUI Galway), Martin McCloone (University of Ulster) and Joseph McBride (San Francisco State University).
  • Over a dozen Public Screenings; including a Free Outdoor Screening of The Quiet Man at Meeting House Square, with special guests Dan Ford (grandson of John Ford), John Wayne’s Sons Patrick & Ethan Wayne and Oscar nominated producer Redmond Morris (son of The Quiet Man producer Lord Killanin). Other screenings include such classics as the The Searchers; She wore a Yellow Ribbon; How Green Was My Valley; Young Cassidy; Young Mr Lincoln; and many rare Ford classics, footage, Documentaries and Shorts Screening for the first time in Ireland.

The John Ford Ireland Film Symposium will take place with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland, The Gathering, The British Embassy of Ireland, The Embassy of the United States Dublin Ireland, The French Embassy of Ireland, Alliance Francaise, Tourism Ireland, Dublin City Council, The Shelbourne Hotel, and IFTN.

For the full Symposium lineup and information about Season passes, visit the John Ford Ireland website johnfordireland.org.



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