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Dear Daughter – Trish McAdam Filmmaker Playlist

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Our second IFI Filmmaker Playlist is curated by filmmaker and visual artist Trish McAdam. Since the production of her early shorts in the 1980s, Trish has created a vibrant and varied body of work, embracing a range of forms and subjects and retaining a singular, independent voice. We’re delighted to welcome Trish to the Irish […]

Conquest of Light

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Conquest of Light celebrates the process, expertise, and craftsmen at the Waterford Glass factory in Ireland. Through stunning and vibrant cinematography, Louis Marcus examines the mesmerising construction of clear crystal glass pieces created by the craftsmen of Waterford. The process from the intense heat of the furnace to glass blowing, shaping, cutting, honing, filling and […]

Páistí ag Obair

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Louis Marcus’s observational documentary Páistí ag Obair (Children at Work) watches children learning through play in Irish Montessori schools in the 1970s. A voiceover, in both Irish and English, explains the Montessori method which celebrates the importance of play in developing children’s potential. Children are seen in classrooms playing with Montessori materials which promote reasoning […]

Cradle of Genius

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British documentarian Paul Rotha celebrates the playwrights and players of the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904. The film, made some years before the theatre moved into its present-day Abbey Street premises, tells the history through colourful reminiscences from an extraordinary line-up of Abbey stalwarts – Siobhan […]

Ballinascreen

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Impressed by Terence McDonald’s film The Parish Centre, Fr Michael Collins commissioned McDonald to make Ballinascreen, documenting his parish in Draperstown, County Derry. This charming hour-long colour film, with a detailed narration by Gerry Wills, captures the farming practices, local industry, traditional music and dance, sport, religious life and education of the parish and surrounding […]

D.A. Pennebaker – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short conversation with renowned Northern Irish director John T. Davis and pioneering US documentarians  D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Pennebaker examines the development of storytelling in documentary and the drive and determination needed for this style of filmmaking. Documentary Where Art Thou? is […]

Les Blank – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short interview with US documentary director Les  Blank and delves into the making of his film Burden of Dreams which chronicles the production of Werner Herzog’s infamous Fitzcarraldo. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring a series of interviews with prominent […]

Jon Bang Carlsen – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short interview with innovative Danish director Jon Bang Carlsen who discusses his belief that fact and fiction both exist in documentary. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring a series of interviews with prominent Irish and international documentary filmmakers and examining […]

Kim Longinotto – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the  Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short interview with prolific British director Kim Longinotto who explores her practice in which she uses feature-length documentaries to depict the lives of women, and the role of the documentary in the 21st century. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring […]

Peter Lydon – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short interview with British director Peter Lydon who explores the difference between directing for TV and documentary. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring a series of interviews with prominent Irish and international documentary filmmakers and examining the subject of documentary […]

Peter Wintonick – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a loose-form interview with prolific, award-winning Canadian director Peter Wintonick about the difference between fiction and factual filmmaking, myth and reality. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring a series of interviews with prominent Irish and international documentary filmmakers and examining the […]

Victor Kossakovsky – Documentary Where Art Thou?

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This outtake excerpt from the Documentary Where Art Thou? project features a short interview with renowned Russian documentary director Victor Kossakovsky where he discusses the skill required to be a documentary filmmaker. Documentary Where Art Thou? is an unfinished project featuring a series of interviews with prominent Irish and international documentary filmmakers and examining the […]