Screenings Tonight

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The Weather Report screens tonight in Galway as part of Culture Night. An Taibhdhearc tonight plays host to a series of short films, kicking off at half seven. If you are in Galway you should definetly head down. The selection of shorts plays at 7.30pm, 8.15pm, 9pm and 9.45pm. The line-up is: Rubaí, The Weather Report , Somewhere Down the Line , The Usual and Rival Chivalry.

This screening marks the beginning of a busy few weeks for my brothers short, TWR will be screening at a host of festivals at home and abroad. It has its North American premiere also today at The San Francisco Irish Film Festival as part of a very select bunch of shorts.

Also included on that list and screening at that festival is The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, which is continuing to screen at festivals.

As well as the screening in California, it is screening in Athens as part of the Athens International Film Festival. Director Ciaran Cassidy is in the greek capital for the event as a guest of honour by invitation of the Irish Ambassador. He’s probably reading this eating some feta right now…

Bergmann Update

So yesterday I posted that “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” had won the best Short Documentary at the highly prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival. Since then the win has garnered quite a bit of attention online.
In a press release from the festival itself the Film Festival Jury had this to say about the film.

“Ciaran Cassidy taps the voyeur in all of us with his masterful appropriation of hours of compelling CCTV footage that track a tantalising incomplete picture of The Last Days of Peter Bergmann. Coupled with a series of compelling interviews, Cassidy manages to invert the mystery genre from whodunnit to why. Meticulously researched, this is a riveting ride that leaves the audience rooted to their seats as they act out the role of both spy and detective.”

Here are some more of the reactions from online yesterday

https://twitter.com/Prowlster/status/498828424828686336

https://twitter.com/malbloe/status/497590698418253824

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Bergmann wins down under!

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The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

It’s been a great start to the week with the news that the short documentary I cut ‘The Last Days of Peter Bergmann’ has won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), the largest film festival in the southern hemisphere. This is the second time the film has attained Oscar® eligibility through winning at an accredited international film festival.

The film’s director Ciaran Cassidy, said “We are honoured with the win in Melbourne and thrilled that it is connecting with an audience so far away from home. It’s a testament to the work of the team and everyone involved in making the film.”

The film which was produced by Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films follows a man who arrived in Sligo in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from. The film which was funded as part of the Irish Film Boards Reality Bites Scheme has so far screened at over 25 festivals worldwide after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It has gone on to win the Audience Award at Stranger than Fiction, the Grand Jury Prize at Nashville Film Festival and the IFTA for Best Short Film.

MIFF is the largest film festival in both Australia and the southern hemisphere, and is Australia’s largest showcase of new Australian cinema. As of 2013, the festival is accredited by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Australian Film Institute and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The films director, Ciaran Cassidy, is currently in pre production on feature documentary Jihad Jane: Dangerously Seeking Marriage, a film about three ‘fundamentalist terrorists’ seeking love and marriage in a one bedroom apartment in a small town in Ireland. The film will be produced by Fastnet Films along with Silverosa Film in Sweden and Helsinki Film in Finland.

Last Days of Peter Bergmann plays Sundance Tonight

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The IFB Reality Bites Short “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” which I edited last year has its US Premiere tonight as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Obviously this is very exciting and while I’m disappointed I couldn’t make it over, I’m sure the director Ciaran Cassidy and Producer Morgan Bushe (Fastnet Films) will have a blast in Park City. It’s a great opportunity for them and the films future prospects.

Here’s the films trailer

The film had its world premiere as part of Dublin’s documentary festival, the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival where it went away with the Audience award for best film.

About the Director
Ciaran Cassidy is an Irish documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. His radio documentary The Runners on a child who escaped from an industrial school and the man who helped him won the 2010 Prix Europa. Collaboration Horizontale, a film about the shaving of a prostitute’s head in Chartres, screened at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival and won a prize at the Palm Springs International ShortFest. Cassidy’s first full-length screenplay, “The Domestique,” is in development

If on the off chance you are in the Utah area, here is a list of the films screening times. Its kinda cool that its getting played so many times

1/18/2014 9:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City

1/21/2014 9:00 am
Temple Theatre, Park City

1/22/2014 5:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

1/23/2014 4:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City

1/25/2014 6:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, Salt Lake City

Director: Ciaran Cassidy
Producer: Morgan Bushe
Cinematographer: Kate McCullough
Editor: John Murphy
Composers: Jack Quilligan, David Cantan
Research: Colum McKeown

Peter Bergmann is going to SUNDANCE!

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I am absolutely delighted to say that the short film I cut earlier this year, The Last Days of Peter Bergmann has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film was directed by Ciaran Cassidy, produced by Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films, beautifully filmed by Kate McCullough and edited by my good self. The film had its world premiere at IFI Stranger Than Fiction this year, where it picked up the audience award for Best Short Film. The short film was funded under the IFB’s Reality Bites scheme and tells the story of a man calling himself Peter Bergmann who arrived in Sligo Town in the summer of 2009. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to make sure that no one would ever know who he was or where he came from.

Being selected is a huge achievement for Ciaran. Only 66 shorts from over 8000 entries were selected and of those only 14 were short documentaries, so to be in that final 14 is massive. Personally it’s a huge thing for me to have a film I worked on screen at such a prestigious film festival. I’m also delighted for everyone involved, as it was a real delight to work on the film. Everyone involved, Morgan, Ciaran, Collie, Guillaume Eugene, Kate and the rest of the gang are all really good people to boot.

Here is the new Trailer for the film

Follow the film on Twitter

Like the film on Facebook

Here is the list of the other short documentaries, it includes some heavy hitters like Lucy Walker whose film The Crash Reel is long listed for the Oscar documentary award, Kevin Jerome Everson who has had several exhibitions of his works in top US Museums and star of community, comedian Danny Pudi who made an ESPN 30 for 30 short which was selected

Choreography / U.S.A. (Directors: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin) — Donkeys gaze at those who gaze at them.

Fe26 / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Jerome Everson) — Two gentlemen make a living hustling metal in Cleveland, Ohio.

Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky) / Spain, France, U.S.A. (Directors: Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi) — Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky and thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows the day that will change her life forever is about to come.
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Hacked Circuit / U.S.A. (Director: Deborah Stratman) — This circular study of the Foley process portrays sound artists at work constructing complex layers of fabrication and imposition.

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked / Israel (Directors: Yuval Hameiri, Michal Vaknin) — A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.

The Last Days of Peter Bergmann / Ireland (Director: Ciaran Cassidy) — In 2009, a man claiming to be from Austria arrived in the town of Sligo, Ireland. During his final days, Peter Bergmann went to great lengths to ensure no one ever discovered who he was and where he came from.

The Lion’s Mouth Opens / U.S.A. (Director: Lucy Walker) — A stunningly courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable, supported by her mother and loving friends.

Love. Love. Love. / Russia (Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram) — Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.

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Notes on Blindness / United Kingdom, U.S.A., Australia (Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney) — In 1983, writer and theologian John Hull became blind. To help make sense of his loss, he began keeping an audio diary. Encompassing dreams, memories, and his imaginative life, Notes on Blindness immerses the viewer in Hull’s experience of blindness.

Of God and Dogs / Syrian Arab Republic (Director: Abounaddara Collective) — A young, free Syrian soldier confesses to killing a man he knew was innocent. He promises to take vengeance on the God who led him to commit the murder.

One Billion Rising / U.S.A. (Directors: Eve Ensler, Tony Stroebel) — In 2013, one billion women and men rose and shook the earth through dance to end violence against women in the biggest mass action ever. The event was a radical awakening of body and consciousness. This is what it looked like.

Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. / U.S.A. (Directors: Perri Peltz, Geeta Gandbhir) — Robert De Niro, Sr., was a figurative painter obscured by the powerful pop art movement. His work has returned to the spotlight because of his son, who happens to be one of the world’s most famous actors.

Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Callander) — Love is swapping clips with your spouse in the middle of a three-gun problem.

Untucked / U.S.A. (Director: Danny Pudi) — This documentary explores the iconic “untucked” jersey worn in 1977 when Marquette University won its first and only national college basketball championship. It was designed by one of Marquette’s players, Bo Ellis, under the fearless leadership of Coach Al McGuire.

I’m HUGE in Finland apparently.

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So this happened yesterday, 2 films I worked on screened in Northern Finland in the city of Oulu as part of the Irish Festival of Oulu. King of the Travellers and Men at Lunch were both among an eclectic mix of Irish Films.

The films screened in a pretty cool looking cinema. Located at 65 degrees North, the city is one of the northernmost larger cities in the world and is home to the world Air Guitar Championships.

Thanks to Men at Lunch director, Sean O’Cualain for sending on the pictures.

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Stranger than Fiction Lineup is deadly!

The documentary film festival IFI Stranger than Fiction returns at the end of the month. I’m delighted that a film I cut “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” will have its world premiere at the event. The film, directed by Ciaran Cassidy and produced by Morgan Bushe for Fastnet Films is showing as part of the Reality Bites shorts programme on the 28th September at 6.

you can buy tickets for the film here
and follow updates about the event on facebook here

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The Last Days of Peter Bergmann

The other films screening as part of the reality Bites programme are
“There’s no Charge for the Hat” – Tom Burke
“Rebirth” – Emile Dineeen
“Analogue People in a Digital Age” – Keith Walsh & Jill Beardsworth*
(*I was an associate editor on this i should point out)

Stranger Than Fiction is Ireland’s premier documentary film festival and its getting bigger and better every year. This years lineup is really exciting, here are some of the highlights. Tickets are selling fast so get on it…

The festival opens with the Irish premiere of The Great Hip Hop Hoax, the tale of Scottish rappers who reinvented themselves as Californians, having been laughed out of London showcases and dubbed the ‘Rapping Proclaimers’.

Smash & Grab, about the Pink Panther diamond thieves which boasts incredible insider access to the gang.

Salma, Kim Longinotto’s latest film, following an acclaimed Tamil poet nobly looking out for women within her community;

After Tiller, a powerful, timely film addressing the abortion debate in America;

The formally brilliant and effecting Dragon Girls.

Depicting life aboard a fishing trawler, the hypnotic, haunting Leviathan won the prestigious Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year.

In contrast, and indicative of the variety of films in the programme, there’s a joyous celebration of Southern Soul music in Muscle Shoals.

Among the Irish programme are Dublin premieres of the Cuban Missile Crisis nail-biter Here Was Cuba,

the personal story of a Belsen-survivor Close to Evil and the beguiling tale of young Sean-nos singers in rural Ireland, Aisling Gheal. There is a range of Irish documentary shorts on saturday lunchtime from directors such as Traolach O’Murchu, Johnny Brew, Eoghan McQuinn, Emer O’Shea, Greg Colley, Rebecca Bermingham, Anne Marie Barry, Peter Middleton/James Spinney and Deirdre Mullins

Saturday night of the festival is not to be missed with the screening of Where the Blue Flowers Grow, capped off by a musical performance by The Cujo Family, the band celebrated in the film.

In addition to the main screenings, the festival will host a range of panel discussions in partnership with Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann, which will give documentary makers and lovers some insight and practical tips on how to grow and succeed in the international market. Panel participants will include Havana Marking (Smash & Grab) and Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax) alongside top Irish filmmakers including Cathal Gaffney (Give Up yer Auld Sins) and Nick Ryan (The Summit).

All that and its my birthday that weekend!

Kara at Clones and Twisted Pepper


Kara, the short film I edited for director Traolach O’Murchu has two screenings today. The first is at The Twisted Pepper tonight at 8 as part of the Scared Shortless Night which is just one of the many events happening in Dublin as part of the Bodytonic Beatyard Festival.


The film is also screening at the Clones Film Festival which is taking place this weekend in Monaghan. As well as Kara, another film by Traolach, “Eiri na gComici” which I co-produced and co-edited with my brother Paul is screening as part of one of Irelands best loved Film Festivals. best of luck to both films

Some Festival News

Last week TG4 aired the Ras Tailteain documentary and despite some technical issues with the first broadcast, everyone seemed to really like it and the feedback online was great.
The doc went onto to play the Bicycle Film Festival in London last weekend where it played to a full house in London’s famous Barbican, which is something I would have loved to have been at it but I was wrapped up in editing my latest project. The film also played last night at the Kerry Film Festival and will play again this weekend at the Bicycle Film Festival moves to Milan which really would be something to go to. But hey you can’t go to all of them!


Kara, by Traolach O’Murchu continues its Festival run with screenings at the Clones Film Festival in Monaghan at the end of this month. The film has also been selected for the Hamilton Film Festival in Ontario in early-November.

Another Film I worked on is also screening at Clones. “Eiri na gComici” was also directed by Traolach O’Murchu and produced by my brother Paul Murphy from Merchants Gate Films. The film also played at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this year and charts the rise of Irish language comics and graphic novels.


Bubble Chamber makes its US debut in November at the Cucalorous Film Festival in Wiliamgton, North Carolina.

I would really love to have the cash to fly out to all of these festivals. What fun it would be but alas not…

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.