Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Il mio viaggio in Italia

Donal Foreman has made a 'Declaration' out of me here:


Ah, happy days in Lucca!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Black Sun Rising...

The following notice has been doing the rounds!

Experimental Cinema at ‘Black Sun’

The wonderful ‘weirdo music’ event Black Sun has kindly invited Cork Film Centre to programme a selection of experimental films as part of their next evening.

Saturday, December 5th, 7 pm, @ The Pavilion, Cork

Tickets are €10 and are available from Plugd Records

The first Black Sun experimental cinema programme, curated by Maximilian Le Cain, consists of three short films, each articulating a different potential of the transformative perceptual processes that film and video have at their disposal. The film programme includes:

Cork filmmaker Chris O’Neill’s Saint Francis Didn’t Run Numbers (3 mins, 2009).

Copy Scream
(3 mins, 2005), a breakthrough work by Oriol Sánchez, arguably the most gifted experimental filmmaker to have come out of Spain in the past decade.

The evening’s centerpiece screening is a very rare showing of Etienne O’Leary’s Homeo (40 mins, 1967), an object-lesson in the cinematic intensification of images drawn from day-to-day reality, in which home movie footage is rendered rock’n’roll poetry through montage.

The live lineup sees Black Sun welcoming a large portion of the Brighton 'out' family: in the shape of the hugely influential duo, Blood Stereo, accompanied by Gryn Brvs, HereHareHere, and the debut solo performance from Fuaimbhac, Galway-based artist Anne Marie Deacy.

To complete this line up, Distros and label Rimbaud Records and Dot Dot Dot will be present, as well as Paula Larkin who is baking gingerbread cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing, carrot cake cupcakes with creamcheese icing, chocolate fudge raspberry brownies and much more... All cakes are vegan.


Full details here!

This is an early gig!

Doors 7pm-10.30pm


Gillian Morrison RIP

Gillian's sudden and shocking death last Sunday, while still in her early thirties, can't have left anyone who was involved in the Cork film scene in the middle years of this decade without a very personal, particular sense of loss...

Gillian was not the sort of person who passed through people's lives unnoticed.

To me, she was a friend, a workmate at Cork Film Centre, a onetime flatmate. As a promising young producer, she was crucially involved in two of my films and instrumental in obtaining the funding to make Point of Departure...

But ask almost anyone who was around in those days, trying to make films in this town, and you'll discover evidence of her infinite helpfulness, of her belief in the possibility of a film community developing and thriving here.

Yet that was only one aspect of her visceral kindness and generosity. She had a deep, innate and irreplaceable emotional understanding of human frailty and goodness. And it is a rare heart that is big enough to remain at once so open and so lucid.

That's the Gillian I knew.