Participate, Challenge, Community...Through Film

2007

Rebel Underground Documentary on skater/BMX culture funded by CREATE’s Artist in the Community Scheme, produced in collaboration with the Cork Urban Skatepark Project. The film provides an artistic insight into the sub-culture of skateboarders and BMX bikers in Cork city. Through a mixture of interviews and live action footage, those featured in the film talk about their passion for the sport and what the scene is like here in Cork. The film also charts their campaign to get a skatepark for the city and highlights recent developments.

The premier screening of the film took place in June 2007 in the Reel Cinema Blackpool. The film was also selected for screening in Cork Film Festival (Oct 2007) in Triskel Arts Centre and Kino Cinema (free screening for teenagers).

Route 67 Documentary produced in collaboration with the Crookstown Golden Years Group on their lives in the West Cork parish of Crookstown and surrounding areas. The idea was to depict the lives of people living in the area, past and present and in particular to show some of the older traditions of life in the area such as butter-making, the wash-day and baking bread in the bastible over the fire. The film also captures some of the current activities of the Crookstown Golden Years Group, such as painting, crafts and gardening.

The title of the film comes from the bus called ‘Route 67’, provided by the West Cork Rural Transport Scheme, which collects some of the group from their homes each Wednesday afternoon to bring them to their weekly meetings in the Cornerstone Bar in Crookstown. The film, like the bus, takes us on a journey through the lives of the people of this area and is an important record of the past, in these changing times. The film was funded through the Community Work Department of the Health Service Executive and was screened in Kilmurray GAA Club in May 2007 as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Together Again Produced in collaboration with Nasc – The Irish Immigrant Support Centre this short documentary aims to inform people about the difficulties faced by families going through the process of family reunification in Ireland and to make recommendations for change. The film explores the powerful bond of family and features people living in Cork who are currently in the process of family reunification. It also features a specially composed soundtrack by the Congolese musician Niwel Tsumbu. The film was part-funded through the Community Arts Development Fund of Cork City Council. The premier screening of the film took place at a seminar on Family Reunification in November 2007 and was also screened in May 2008 in the Triskel Arts Centre.

No Go This film was produced in collaboration with the Knocknaheeny/Hollyhill Car & Motorbike Crime Initiative for use as an educational tool with young people. It aims to show young people the negative consequences of getting involved with car crime and to provide them with information on making choices. The film includes a fictional story about a young person who gets involved in joy-riding, interspersed with commentary from professionals working in the field. The film is divided into 6 episodes of approximately 5 minutes each and can be played separately or as one full piece.

Reel Cork Frameworks curated and exhibited a selection of films about Cork for The Festival of The Bulls in Blackpool in June 07. This included films about Cork from the early 1900s from the Irish Film Archive, amateur films and documentaries from local film-makers.

Do You Know Me? Produced in collaboration with the Limerick Citizen Advocacy Project, this short film explores the concept of Citizen Advocacy for people with an intellectual disability. The film shows examples of citizen advocacy in practice and provides information on how to become an advocate.

Bringing Old Skills To Life This short film project was the result of a collaborative project between Cobh Arts and Crafts and the Park Rd Day Care Centre in Cobh. The project entailed creating two collaborative works of art that celebrated the social history of the area. The short film documents this process but also includes personal memories and stories of life in Cobh and on Spike Island.

Rebel Pedal Parade This short film was produced to celebrate Rebel Pedal Parade in Cork City, where cyclists, young and old, took to the streets of Cork as part of Europe’s Car Free Day. Produced in collaboration with the Cycling Officer, Cork City Council.