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MARCH 24th-26th Welcome to the second edition of PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image - a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. With films by over 40 artists and filmmakers, and including both contemporary and historical work, PLASTIK will take place at a range of venues in Dublin, bringing international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time. PLASTIK aims to represent the breadth and scope of innovative and experimental work being produced in this ever expanding field of practice, developing a platform for the moving image, with a focus on the cinema as exhibition space. The privilege of a festival of this nature allows an intensity of work, creating uneasy combinations, and challenging perspectives through its ability to affect. All festival screenings will take place at the IFI. In addition to this, a series of discussions, talks and live performances will take place at partner venue Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S), with many internationally acclaimed artists and curators in attendance, including James Richards, Erika Balsom, Yuri Pattison, Ann Hirsch and Benjamin Cook (LUX). PLASTIK emerges from collaborations between LUX, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute, and is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council.  PLASTIK Weekend Festival Pass: €60 (€50 Concession) To avail of the Weekend Festival Pass, please book in person at the IFI Box Office or by phone - 01 679 3477 All talks at PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image are free of charge. However, advance booking is strongly advised. Booking available through the PLASTIK festival website - For further details please visit



On Wednesday March 22nd at 6.30 pm John T. Davis will be interviewed by writer and broadcaster Vincent Woods. The event will include a screening of his new work-in-progress Mshiikenhmnising. John T. Davis is internationally recognized as Northern Ireland’s most distinctive documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. To mark his 70th birthday on March 7th, 2017, and in recognition of his over 40 years of filmmaking, we present this selected retrospective of his work. John’s decidedly creative documentaries cover many subjects, but are drawn together by common threads: autobiography and self-portraiture through the lives of others, journeying and the quest for spiritual meaning, marginal places and outsiders, and music ranging from punk rock to gospel, western swing to dance hall reggae. Born in Holywood, Co. Down in 1947, John showed an early talent for technical design but went on to study painting at Belfast College of Art. The inheritance in 1974 of an 8mm camera from his uncle John McBride Neill enabled John to make his first film, the experimental Warhol/Reid-inflected Transfer (1975). He began his professional filmmaking career in 1977, and rapidly developed a personal vision and poetic style that was to characterize his work throughout his career. His films have screened to great national and international acclaim, have secured many distinguished awards and have been the subject of scholarly publications and feature articles. In recent years John has proven himself an accomplished lyricist and performer of his unique brand of Western music, and in 2016 he released two albums Last Western Cowboy and Indigo Snow. He was elected to Aosdána in 2005 in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in Ireland. (Notes by Kathleen McCracken.)


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