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10 Mar 2015 : Seán Brosnan
‘Follies of Youth’ will premiere at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City
Irish-language short ‘An Crann’ and Bertie Brosnan’s ‘Sineater’ for Cannes Short Film Corner, Derek O Connor’s ‘Big Bird’ to premiere at JDIFF, ‘Follies of Youth’ to premiere at Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City and short documentary ‘Waterlillies’ to screen at Dingle.

‘An Crann’ and ‘Sineater’ accepted for Cannes Short Film Corner

Irish-language short film ‘An Crann’ and Bertie Brosnan’s new film ‘Sineater’ have both been accepted for the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner.

After a successful kickstarter campaign and the long process of script to screen, ‘An Crann’ by Emma Carlson is going to Cannes.

The film, which was shot in location in Glenties Co. Donegal is a transatlantic project, with a crew comprised of recent graduates from both New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the National Film School at IADT Dún Laoghaire.

‘An Crann’ is based on Núala Ní Dhomhnaill’s poem of the same name and tells the story of Brendan and Aisling, a retired couple who live together in Donegal. Their lives are relatively uneventful… until one day, a strange new neighbour chops down their tree. When Aisling informs their neighbour of her mistake, the woman invites Aisling to cut down one of her trees in retaliation. Brendan relishes the opportunity for payback, whilst Aisling is determined to forgive and forget. But the woman continues to wheedle her way into the couple's lives, and soon Aisling is forced to make a hard choice.

The film stars veterans of the Irish screen and stage Bairbre Ní Caoimh, Liam Burke and Nichola MacEvilly, in an Irish language script by writer-director Emma Carlson, produced by Leeona Duff (IADT) and Luke Bean (NYU).

Bertie Brosnan’s ‘Sineater’ has also been accepted into the Cannes Short Film Corner and this is the second year in a row that the Kerry-based filmmaker is heading to Cannes after last year’s ‘Jacob Wrestling With The Angel’.

‘Sineater’ is a dark tale about a young successful businessman who returns home to visit his Mother but who awaits him is a mysterious driver claiming to be a family friend.

The film was shot in Tralee, County Kerry and was written and directed by Bertie Brosnan, produced by Brian O Connor and shot by Blaine Rennicks. The film stars Joe Mullins, Sean McGillycuddy, Jeanne O' Connor and Laura O' Loughlin.

‘Sineater’ will also be submitted to at least 40 other worldwide festivals after a successful fundraising campaign.

‘Big Bird’ to screen at JDIFF later this month

Irish-Belgian short film ‘Big Bird’ will receive its’ Irish premiere at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The film is described as a punk rom-com and is about an Irishman in Belgium has an internet date to remember.

The short was directed by Jan Boon, written by Derek O Connor and produced by Declan Lynch. Starring in the lead roles are Johnny Vivash and Liesa Naert.

The film was created for the annual FollowGent film project, based in Ghent, Belgium. The competition invites entries for ten-page scripts set in the city of Ghent, with the chosen scripts produced by a series of local filmmaking talent and premiered at the annual Ghent International Film Festival. The team behind Big Bird are currently developing a feature film project entitled 'Dead Man in Donegal', and a television series 'Gone Metric'.

Producer Declan Lynch said: ‘We sincerely hope that people enjoy our short film, and are already looking forward to creating further unique filmmaking collaborations between Ireland and Belgian talent. Viva Big Bird!’

‘Follies of Youth’ to premiere at Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City

Irish short film ‘Follies of Youth’ will have its world premiere screening at the 13th Garden State Film Festival. The festival based in Atlantic City New Jersey USA occurs from March 19th-22nd 2015.

‘Follies of Youth’ will screen Saturday March 21st during the main Saturday night shorts programme in Dante Hall Atlantic City USA. It is the only Irish film selected for the 2015 festival.

Founder of the Festival Diane Raver stated: ‘We are delighted to screen Melina Curi's short ‘Follies of Youth’. It is a charming film, beautifully shot on location in Ireland with a great cast of young actors. Films like these help make the Garden State Film Festival such a special independent international festival.’

The film cast includes Dorothy Cotter, Kevin Fisher, Mark Schrier with film debut performances from Aoife Hamilton, Amy Higgins and Clodagh Rolland. The film plot is summarized by the tagline Karma’ Kid’s Style.

‘Follies of Youth’ is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Melina Curi and written by Irish writer Aisling Corristine with US writer Alex Whitmer. The film was produced by Kevin Fisher for the Dynamic Entertainment banner. The crew consisted of Cinematographer Cainneach Mac Eoin with assist from Galway based cinematographer Kamil Krawczak and Carolina De Pasquale.

Dermot Grace and Kevin Corry edited the film, with final post production by Ian de Bri at Postman Films. ‘Follies of Youth’ was filmed with the participation of Dublin City Council and Dublin City parks and landscapes service.

A new short film from Dynamic Entertainment ‘The Touch’ is now in active development aiming to enter production in 2015.

Short documentary ‘Waterlillies’ for Dingle

Marmalade Films has announced that Tanya Doyle’s latest documentary ‘Waterlilies’ will screen as part of the Short Film Programme at the Dingle International Film Festival 2015, taking place this week from 12th- 15th of March.

A celebration of strong women in an ordinary situation, ‘Waterlilies’ is a meditation on identity and wisdom, exploring the changing role in a woman’s life with seven women in their sixties & seventies as they learn how to swim. In this documentary by IFTA nominated Tanya Doyle, the juxtaposition of straight talking poolside anecdotes with visually arresting underwater imagery transforms mere casual observations on growing old into a profound exploration of wisdom and what it means to grow and to change.

Writer/Director Tanya Doyle who shot the film over a number of years says: ‘From the outset I wanted the film to be a celebration of the ordinary, to look at something people do day-to-day and celebrate the little triumphs of life. At first I thought it would be very difficult to find women to take part in the documentary, but the openness with which each of the Waterlilies approached the film, shows the openness with which they approach everything in their lives.’

Speaking about the current relevance of the film, Producer Daniel Hegarty says: ‘Two of the swimming pools where we interviewed the women have since been closed due to lack of funding so we hope ‘Waterlilies’ can highlight the importance of public amenities and the difference they can make in peoples day to day lives.’

Shot in Dublin, ‘Waterlilies’ was written and directed by Tanya Doyle (‘The House’, ‘Bia Duchais’), produced by Daniel Hegarty (Marmalade Films), with original score from Sam Joseph Delves, cinematography by Colm Hogan and editing by Cara Holmes. ‘Waterlilies’ was the grateful recipient of an artist grant from Dublin City Council.

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