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The Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2017

Reel Art information session coming up

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2017 Reel Art scheme. Launched in 2008, Reel Art is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall

‘The Great Wall’ has been completed at its most southerly point.’ So begins Kafka’s short story ‘At The Building of the Great Wall of China’, and so, at Europe’s heavily militarised south-eastern frontier, begins this film.

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Talking To My Father

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‘When I look at your buildings I don’t see tragedy – instead I see redemption and a form of your love for me’. Simon Walker

‘Talking to my Father’ features two voices from two eras each concerned with how we as a nation understand the architecture that surrounds our lives. Modern architecture in Ireland reached a high point in the early sixties and one of its most celebrated and influential figures was Robin Walker.

Robin studied under le Corbusier in Paris as a young graduate and later worked alongside Mies van der Rohe in Chicago. His return to Ireland in 1958 coincided with the emergence of an aspiring modern nation recovering from years of stagnation and emigration. Robin Walker became a key agent in this nation-building process.

A quarter of a century after his premature death, Simon addresses his father again and explores the legacy of his life’s work.

The documentary allows Robin Walker’s buildings to speak for themselves, taking us on a journey with Simon in his search for Robin’s architecture of place.

The wild environs of the Beara Peninsula is the spectacular setting for ‘Bóthar Buí’, the home Robin built for his family is a living microcosm of his life and work.

The house also acted as a retreat for artists like Patrick Scott and Michael Mulcahy and inspired Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘An Architect’ written after Robin’s passing for his wife Dorothy.

Director: Se Merry Doyle
Producers: Andrea Pitt, Sasha King

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Further Beyond

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In their debut documentary, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th-century figure Ambrose O’Higgins. They attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Key locations in O’Higgins’ life – a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, the sea, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes – are visited and reflected upon in the hope that something might be revealed, as if these very locations might contain clues.

However, as they speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins embodies, the filmmakers continually get sidetracked by a competing story of immigration and displacement. Gradually, and not without humour, these intertwining narratives uncover ideas about the transformative power of travelling, as looked at through the peculiar prism of the Irish experience.

Directors: Joe Lalor & Christine Molloy
Producers: Joe Lalor & Christine Molloy

This project premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2016.

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We Are Moving

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We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty is an intimate portrait of Joan Denise Moriarty, a visionary who overcame enormous odds by doggedly following her dream of bringing ballet to every corner of Ireland. A pioneer of early 20th century Irish dance, Joan Denise Moriarty dared to create a uniquely Irish form of ballet inspired by her love of nature and Irish folklore. Her life’s work has been largely overlooked since her death.

A divisive figure, she was accused of fabricating her professional dance training and of misrepresenting herself as a vanguard of Irish ballet. Her personal life has also been subject to much scrutiny over the years and remains a contentious issue for those who knew her. Despite such controversies, Joan Denise Moriarty has left behind a remarkable legacy of dancers and dance lovers who may never have found ballet without her influence.

This is a celebration of Joan Denise the artist, the dancer, and the woman who was best known, loathed, and loved as Miss Moriarty.

Director: Claire Dix
Producers: Roisin Geraghty, Alan Maher

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Trailer for "We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty" from Claire Dix on Vimeo.

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The Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2015

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Reel Art Deadline

The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2015 Reel Art scheme.

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