GAA USA starts tonight TG4 9:30

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a series which debuts tonight and i’m very excited about people finally getting the chance to see it. Its a cracking series with some great stories in it that I think people will really like.

‘GAA USA’, a new four part series produced by the IFTA winning Sónta Films which chronicles the largely unknown history of Gaelic games in the United States, will air on TG4 on Wednesday, March 18th at 9.30pm and continue for 4 weeks.

Presented by former All-Ireland winning Kerry captain and award-winning broadcaster Dara Ó Cinnéide, the series reveals the remarkable passion and resourcefulness of the men and women who brought Gaelic Games west across the Atlantic to the USA.

Last weekend we travelled to New York city to launch the series in the Irish Consulate in the company of the new GAA President. It was a great night and I’m very grateful to have gotten the invite to attend.

The series is a Sónta Production funded by TG4, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and was produced by Éamonn Ó Cualáin and directed by Sean Ó Cualáin.

The DOP on the project was Réamonn Mac Donnacha, Location sound was by Seamus Ó Flatharta, and it was edited by John Murphy with Darragh Dukes doing the music.

In the series, Dara Ó Cinnéide travels across the US to GAA clubs in Boston, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and San Diego, to give the audience an entirely new perspective on the Irish emigrant experience as lived through Gaelic games. In conversation with Irish people who have made a home for themselves in the States, he encounters an enduring love of Gaelic games, a deep respect for their past and a great hope for their future. He also explores the struggle of the guardians of Gaelic Games over the years to ensure the survival of the GAA.

Presenter Dara Ó Cinnéide said: ‘Gaelic games in America have always held a strange fascination for me. There were so many furrows to be ploughed and stories to be told that I was drawn to the series from the outset. Like many other Gaels, I have a particular affinity with the Unites States because generations of relatives and neighbours from home have immigrated to its cities and neighbourhoods.’

‘Their story was worth recounting and, having played there I believe I had a particular insight that would help me present that story.’

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Aindrias needs your money!

My buddy Aindrias de Staic about whom I made the film Shtax a while back is seeking funding for another film. He is currently in Melbourne and is in the process of script development for his film “The Year I Got Younger” and he is running a crowd funding campaign to help get the film going. You can contribute to the film here and get a whole host of goodies in return. Please do what you can to support the film

Here is a short teaser he made for the film last year while he was out in Australia

Shtax to screen at pretty cool music festival in Sligo

People of Sligo, my film SHTAX will play this week as part of a pretty exciting festival of events taking part in the town. SOUND+VISION is a film festival devoted to music films and we are thrilled to be showing the film in some illustrious company. The film is on this Friday 18 Nov at 6pm in the model. The film is a lot of laughs and if you go you’ll really enjoy it.

The festival will open this week at The Model, Sligo on November 16th with the Irish Premiere of Susanne Rostock’s, Sing Your Song about the ‘King of Calypso’, Harry Belafonte Jr. The Festival runs from November 16 – 27 and will feature over 40 events centring around the music film genre.

The programme includes concert films, musical documentaries, films which popularised major movements in music history, films defined by their soundtracks and landmark moments of musical and cinema history and will be opening on November 16th with the Irish Premiere of Susanne Rostock’s, Sing Your Song about the ‘King of Calypso’, Harry Belafonte Jr.

Two very special live music performances feature in the programme. Wavetrain, an exciting new chamber duo, will be performing among others, the work of Olivier Messiaen, together with a screening of a film based on his work, The Crystal Liturgy: Oliver Messaien on Sat November 19. The performance will also feature the world premiere of The Whitening a new piece by Irish Composer Siobhan Cleary based on the W.B. Yeats poem “Cap and Bells”.

Choice Music Prize Nominees Dark Room Notes will perform a specially composed score accompaniment to the silent film classic The Lost World, followed by a special late night club with sound and visuals by Donal Dineen’s Parish project featuring Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, Amina Dastan of Madu and Liam O’Maonlai on Sat November 26.

Other highlights of the programme include Inni, Sigur Rós, Pearl Jam Twenty, Melancholia from Lars Von Trier and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Musical Documentary Director Tony Palmer will be introducing the Irish Premiere of Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire, one of two of his films being screened at the Festival and Dark Room Notes will be performing a Live Score to the silent film classic The Lost World.

A special Family Season of Film Screenings also includes animated films such as The Jungle Book and The Gruffalo and children are encouraged to dress-up and sing-along. A series of free animation workshops, including stop-motion animation, will be held during the festival ensuring there will be something for all ages to enjoy.

Special Festival and Weekend passes giving access to all screenings and events will be available from The Model Box-Office and full programme details are available here

Sound+Vision is one of a series of collaborations between The Model and Cinema North West.