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“…For Peace Comes Dropping Slow…” film

We broke new ground technically with this film. “…For Peace…” is the first film in which light writing was captured in a moving film lens rather than solely by a still camera or “painted on” in post production. None of the gorgeous moving effects were added later, and almost all were captured via the RED Cine camera by Cian de Buitléar, DP, (Saving Private Ryan, The Boxer) and Declan King, camera operator, (Saving Private Ryan), after extensive experimentation. Great job everyone!

July, 2011 “…for peace comes dropping slow…”

Film Still, Parke’s Castle: Cian de Buitléar D.O.P.

Arrived in the US with an Official Selection for our US premiere of “…for peace…” on the 16th of July 2011, at the Stephen J. Buck Theatre,  for the New Hope International Film Festival. In the field of 89 international films in the festival, we were voted second place overall. The film received a really warm reception, and the Nomination for Best Short, we also topped the on-line “audience buzz” Festival Genius poll during the film festival! Have a look at the trailer here:

“…for peace…” was selected in competition at The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork 26-29th May 2011, where we were Honourable Mention Best Experimental Film!

The film was selected for screening in competition (and Nominated Best Irish Short) in the Oscar-affilated Foyle Film Festival 2010, where it screened in late November.

The film’s official Irish Premiere was at the Gaiety Cinema, Sligo, on October 22nd, 2010 public screening.

Visit the film’s website for screenings, awards, cast and crew and production stills.

Laurels for For Peace Comes Dropping Slow

August, 2010

“…for peace comes dropping slow…” is completed! I want to thank everyone who participated in this production. Each person involved made an essential contribution. Our production team was a “dream team” including Cian de Buitléar (Saving Private Ryan, Blow Dry, The Boxer), our cinematographer; and Tony Kearns, (Radiohead), our film editor, with Darren Carr providing documentary and stills photography. Our film’s soundtrack was graced by the legendary vocals and fiddle of Seamie O’Dowd.  Production manager Tara Lewis and assistants Letty Hill and Arlo Liddy were indispensable. The main light writing was performed by Laura Brennan, (An Diabhal ag an Damhsa); Sinead Hawkins, (The Tudors, and The Wexford Light Opera Company), Noelle Keilty, Avril Lahiff, Tara Lewis, Aodan O’Connor, Kathryn Reynolds, Lorcan Strain, (One Last Petal, One Last Flame, with the Irish Chamber Orchestra); Arlo Liddy, all  young performing arts professionals who traveled from all over Ireland to take part. Local children and participants from Sligo took part in the film including Dualtagh, Bronagh and Aoibhin Holmes and Justin and Gabriel Knecht. The final scene was filmed with over 70 participants, many of whom were from the Yeatsian Legacy and Omagh’s Peace III programmes, as well as Sligo Peace and Reconciliation. Thank you to all who participated!

Photo Credit: Darren Carr

A busy schedule of screenings is being confirmed beginning in September, which are posted shortly. We look forward to seeing you then.

March 2010, Land Of Heart’s Desire

Thank you to the Sligo County Council Arts Office for the initial Development Bursary that I received for “…for peace comes dropping slow…” during 2009, and for the funding from the European Union Regional Developement Fund, Peace lll, Environment,Heritage, and Local Government Percent for Art, and Sligo Arts Service, in 2010. Really appreciated!

I have always loved the the crest used by Sligo. The wording refers to William Butler Yeats’ first performed play by the same name in which one of his young characters says:

“… and their Land of Heart’s Desire,
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, Time an endless song”

SLIGLOW² Culture Night

A light installation in the making from SLIGLOW², Culture Night 2010, Sligo Ireland Photo: Cormac McConville

September 24, 2010

Just as the film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” was finishing post production, Culture Night Ireland 2010 was ready to launch. Regardless of our post film exhaustion, it was hard to say no to the idea of a new SLIGLOW light installation, as we were a national favourite in 2009 and we had a great experience with last year’s  massive public light interactive. But if we were going to do it again, there had to be new challenges. Light writing was a central feature of my film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” so I asked the team of light writers from the film to come to Sligo’s Glasshouse for SLIGLOW² to share the light writing experience with about 1000 people of all ages on September 24th. Live photographic and video projections of these collaborations, as well as a 40 foot light mural, live twiiter feed from all the Culture Night Ireland 2010 events were accompanied by DJ GNET!C (Gabriel Knecht’s) electronica and dub-step remixes. Our photographers and filmmakers collaborated on and captured the installation: myself, Darren Carr, Justin Knecht, Tara Lewis, Cormac McConville and Robert Siberry. An exhibition of the stills and videos is a must.

Here is a selection of last year’s SLIGLOW installation (Photos: Darren Carr):

December 2009

SLIGLOW update: A special thank you to Sligo County Council Arts Office for their contribution to our funding! Thank you to The Irish Independent for voting Sliglow 2009, their pick as the best Culture Night Ireland event, nationwide!

October 4, 2009

SLIGLOW update: Thanks to Darren Carr for these great shots of the SLIGLOW installation in the making. This collaboration between myself, Tinka Bechert, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and about 800 to 1,000 people of all ages over a period of four hours at Culture Night Sligo, Ireland, exceeded our wildest expectations. Thanks everyone – looking forward to the exhibition!


September, 2010

Ireland is celebrating culture this week with the Culture Night Ireland festivals in cities all over the country. Artists Tinka Bechert, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and myself, are presenting SLIGLOW, inviting  people of all ages to work alongside a team of professional artists to create a site-specific installation of light, line and projection on the magnificent glass facade of The Glasshouse on September 25th. If you are in Ireland on the night, join us!


This work was recently on show as part of the New Wave Exhibition and the Canon of the 21st Century Artist’s Book Research project, at UWE, Bristol.

Much of my recent work has been conscious of the quantum scientific correlation between written and spoken words, thoughts, music and images and their ability to “imprint” each of us at a molecular level. The resonance of great music played for centuries on a magnificent instrument (a Stradivarius, for example) can be revealed in the very molecular structure of that instrument. If we literally imprint each other with our intentions, words, images and actions, then we have an unimaginable power to effect positive change in the well-being of all around us.

This text from Plato’s Socratic Dialogues clearly shows that this understanding is not new:
“He said the soul was treated with certain charms, my dear Charmides, and that these charms were beautiful words”.

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station, 2007

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station 2007

Video iPod® custom engraved with blessings, seven monotypes in oil digitally transferred to the device, and accompanied by spoken blessings and a passage from Charmides in the Socratic Dialogues.
Voices: Dr. Dennis Glew (Greek), Sonya Zahm (Spanish), Clothilde Peters (German), Dr. David Tormey (Irish), Justin Knecht (English)