“…For Peace…” film

July, 2011

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 at the Stephen J. Buck Theatre,  for the New Hope International Film Festival. The film received a really warm reception, and the Nomination for Best Short, we also topped the on-line “audience buzz” during the festival! Have a look at the trailer here:

“…for peace…” was selected for screening at The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork 26-29th May, 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, 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, our film editor, with Darren Carr providing documentary and stills photography. Our film’s soundtrack was graced by the 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, Sinead Hawkins, Noelle Keilty, Avril Lahiff, Tara Lewis, Aodan O’Connor, Kathryn Reynolds, Lorcan Strain, Arlo Liddy, all  young performing artists who traveled from all over the country to take part. Additionally, 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 and citizens from the Sligo area. 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.

June 2010

I’m very happy to announce that we have just concluded the shoot for my short film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” and are beginning post production. This land art / light installation in which scores of participants write a line from Yeats’ poetry across the landscape of County Sligo in Northwest Ireland, has been shot on beautiful Red Digital Cinema Cameras.Screening dates are being set in both Sligo and Northern Ireland. This project was filmed with the support of the Yeatsian Legacy Project, delivered by Sligo Arts Service and its partners, and supported by the PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace and Reconciliation Partnership Committee and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government Per Cent For Art Scheme. Thank You!

March 2010

Thank you to the Sligo County Council Arts Office for the initial Bursary that I received to begin the work on “…for peace comes dropping slow…” during 2009 -10. Really appreciated!

I have always loved the the crest used by the Sligo County Council. 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”

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