DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2018: FESTIVAL GUESTS

The Life After: Brian Hill/ Niamh Kennedy
Brian Hill is an award-winning director of both drama and documentary.  His films have been shown by all major UK broadcasters and in many other countries around the world.  He has been nominated eight times for BAFTA awards and won three of them.  For the last twenty-three years he has been managing director of Century Films, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. Niamh Kennedy has been involved in the development and production of feature documentaries, TV documentaries, scripted feature films and TV dramas in the UK and Ireland. She has produced and directed award-winning short films and is now directing long-form documentary projects. Tickets

The Curious Works of Roger Doyle: Brian Lally

Brian Lally is a filmmaker and screenwriter from Dublin. The Curious Works of Roger Doyle is his first feature documentary. Previously, he made the short documentary Alternative Model which was screened on RTE, the short film Aftermath, the independent feature 8.5 Hours and several hundred corporate video productions. He set up the production company Instigator Films and currently has several new features in development.

The Curious Works of Roger Doyle: Roger Doyle

Roger Doyle is known for his pioneering work as composer of electronic music. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded with actress Olwen Fouéré.. Babel his magnum opus was released on a 5-CD box set in 1999. It contained 103 pieces of music and he worked with 48 collaborators on it. Other works include an onstage piano score for the Gate Theatre production of Salomé, directed by Steven Berkoff, which played in Dublin, London’s West End and on three world tours. His electronic opera HERESY was produced in 2016. He currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

An Engineer Imagines: Marcus Robinson. 
Marcus Robinson is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied modern languages at Cambridge University and then lived in Paris for 16 years where he specialized in architectural photography. His work was recognized for its unconventional and painterly qualities, and has been featured in special pieces by FR3 and Antenne 2 in Paris, BBC NI, ‘The Arts Show’ and RTE in the UK and Ireland and in the US by CNN, NBC, ABC7, Bloomberg TV, New York 1 as well as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

A Woman Captured: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Bernadett Tuza-Ritter is a Hungarian independent film director and editor specializing in creative documentaries and fiction. She studied directing and editing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. In 2013 she worked as a director in the project called Cinetrain – Russian Winter which won the audience award at Vision du Reel documentary festival. Member of HSE and Hungarian Film Academy, A Woman Captured is her first feature length documentary. Tickets

Losing Alaska: Tom Burke
Tom Burke has been directing and editing documentary film and video projects for over a decade. At Areaman Productions from 2007 to 2017, Tom was able to mix factual television projects with more aesthetically driven Irish Film Board-funded short form docs titles. In 2017, he established Broadstone Films in order to pursue his feature documentary and fiction project ambitions. Feature and shorts titles include The LibertiesThe Venice of the North, Bloody Good HeadlineIn Bed with the Irish, and Generation SexTickets.

KatieRoss Whitaker
Ross Whitaker is a documentary maker responsible for the feature documentaries Saviours (2007), Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story (2014) and Between Land and Sea (2016). His other documentaries include the award-winning television documentaries The Bailout (2011), When Ali Came to Ireland (2012) and Anthony Foley: Munsterman (2017) and short documentaries Bye Bye Now (2009), Home Turf (2011) and The Toughest Road Back (2015). He is a former director of the IFI Documentary Fest and editor of Film Ireland Magazine.

The Man Who Wanted to Fly: Frank Shouldice, Bobby Coote, DOP Dave Perry.
Frank Shouldice, is an award winning journalist and playwright who has been working with the investigations unit of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ. Frank makes his feature documentary debut with The Man Who Wanted to Fly, an affectionate character portrait with an unexpected Hollywood twist. A published author and winner of Prix Europa for his radio documentary work, Frank’s plays have graced stages all over the world. Tickets.

Lovers of the Night: director Anna Frances Ewert. 
Born in 1986, Anna studied filmmaking at the Edinburgh College of Art where she discovered her passion for documentary filmmaking. From 2011 to 2018 she was a student at the University of TV and Film in Munich. Her shorts have been screened at major film festivals around the world including Sundance, and she is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Lovers of the Night is her debut feature and graduation film from the University of Film and TV Munich.

When All Is Ruin Once Again: Keith Walsh, Jill Beardsworth
Keith Walsh has been filming since he was 13 years old. Over the past 25 years he has worked specifically in non-fiction-directing, shooting and editing his own work with long time collaborator Jill Beardsworth. Their work has screened at over 50 festivals worldwide and picked up several awards. He has also edited and filmed for some of the countries finest documentary makers.

Island: Steven Eastwood
Steven Eastwood is an artist-filmmaker working between the cinema and gallery who has screened and exhibited internationally, and completed two feature length films, Buried Land and Island. Eastwood has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and commissions; He is Reader in Film Practice at Queen Mary University London, where he leads the Centre for Film & Ethics and has oversight of PhD by practice and the MA in Documentary. Tickets

The Silence of Others: Almudena Carracedo
Born in Madrid, Spain, Almudena Carracedo is based in the US, where she directed and produced her debut feature film, the Emmy-winning documentary Made in L.A. She is a Guggenheim Fellow; a Creative Capital Fellow; a Sundance Time Warner Documentary Fellow; a United States Artists Fellow; and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to Made in L.A., she directed the short documentary Welcome, A Docu-Journey of Impressions,which won Silverdocs’ Sterling Prize. Tickets.

Panel – Documentary Making in Ireland Today: Loren Syer-Willoughby
Loren is the Head of Acquisitions at Off the Fence. Off the Fence is the world’s largest independent production and distribution company specializing in non-fiction content. Having worked with Off the Fence for over three years, Loren is in charge of sourcing content from a range of independent producers and broadcasters for the Off the Fence portfolio. Loren works with projects from early development, helping producers make their shows more international, right through to finished programme acquisitions. Previous to working for Off the Fence, Loren worked as a sales executive for distributor Indigo Film & Television, selling a broad range of factual, fiction and kids content to international broadcasters.

Panel – Documentary Making in Ireland Today: Cormac Hargaden

Winner of four IFTAs, Cormac Hargaden co-founded leading indie Loosehorse in 2007. As a producer/director he has overseen hundreds of hours of primetime television – including documentaries like Naked Election, Micko, Giles, A Parting Gift, The Scholarship, Trial Of The Century, Guess Who’s Dead and Cloud Control. Forthcoming television projects include the science event Growing Old Live and The Voting Age; a re-enactment of the 1918 general election to mark its 100th anniversary. The Man Who Wanted to Fly is his debut feature documentary.

Panel – Documentary Making in Ireland Today: Siobhán Ward

Siobhán is a producer and production manager with highly acclaimed documentary film-makers Crossing the Line Productions. Having started with the company in 2004, she now oversees all of the company’s productions from development to contracting and right through to final delivery. Siobhán has worked on over 50 different projects for PBS, BBC, Arte, ZDF, France TV, ORF, RTÉ and many others. She has managed productions that span right across the globe – the Arctic, Antarctic, Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia as well as all of CTL’s award-winning natural history projects of recent years and the Emmy award nominated The Farthest. Her producer credits include short films Swing Talking & If These Walls Could Talk and feature documentaries Today is Better than Two Tomorrows and the Grierson nominated Here Was Cuba. She most recently worked as Line Producer on the widely praised series The Game: The Story of Hurling.

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