SONG OF GRANITE is an artistic and universal feature film drama that will re-imagine the life of the great Irish singer and storyteller, Joe Heaney (1919-1984).
Heaney’s complex and fascinating story takes him from a pre-industrial upbringing in Connemara to the life of a respected folk singer in New York. But behind the mesmeric public performances was a man who had abandoned his wife and four children and who battled with his artistic calling.
Using archival footage and incorporating elements of folklore, SONG OF GRANITE unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on tradition, performance and exile.
Director: Pat Collins
Writers: Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, Sharon Whooley
Producers: Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk, Martin Paul-Hus
Cast: Macdara Ó Fatharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe
BEING AP is a story of one man’s sacrifice, courage, doubt and an addiction to winning. Legendary jump jockey and 19 times champion, AP McCoy is hooked on riding winners, but at 40 he’s all too aware that he is nearing the end. This ambitious, revealing and visually stunning feature documentary gets under the skin of Ireland’s most eminent sportsman, revealing the physical and psychological costs that this manic quest for victory brings. Having dominated his sport for over 20 years, AP is now faced with the ultimate decision; when to walk away?
Director: Anthony Wonke
Producers: Alan Maher, Nick Ryle, John Woollcombe
SHOWRUNNERS is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of US television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These are the people responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State’s biggest exports – television drama and comedy series.
Often described as the most complex job in the entertainment business, a showrunner is the chief writer / producer on a TV series and, in most instances, the show’s creator. Battling daily between art and commerce, showrunners manage every aspect of a TV show’s development and production: creative, financial and logistical.
Director: Des Doyle
Producers: John Wallace, Rock Shaink
FOREVER PURE is a story about the most controversial football club in Israel, Beitar Jerusalem F.C., a symbol of the right-wing politics that permeate the country.
Situated in the city of three religions, it’s a Jewish team in a Jewish state, with the country’s largest fan base and the only club in the Premier League never to have signed an Arab player.
One season in the life of this team, following six characters, is a story of Israeli society, personal identity, politics and money. It is an example of how racism is destroying a team and society from within.
Director: Maya Zinshtein
Producers: Alan Maher, Geoff Arbourne, Maya Zinshtein
Five street teens break into a house in a rich Dublin suburb for a night of partying. But games are twisted into something more emotional and ultimately out of control through a series of surprising revelations.
Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Writer: Kirsten Sheridan
Producer: John Wallace
Cast: Seána Kerslake, Jack Reynor, Deirdre O’ Kane
Twenty-something Alan is down on his luck. Stood up at the altar and recently fired from his banking job, he finds himself working with his mother as a part-time tourist advisor at Dublin Airport. It's there he comes face to face with first love Alice, stuck on standby for a flight home to New York. Their summer romance ended eight years previously with Alan promising to return to the US one day. He never did, and they haven't spoken since. Seizing his chance, Alan convinces a reluctant Alice to stay one more night in Dublin. Over the course of an unforgettable evening, they may just realise that they are more compatible than ever. But time is running out on this brief encounter. When does an unexpected second chance, become the one you've always been looking for?
Directors: Rob Burke & Ronan Burke
Writer: Pierce Ryan
Cast: Brian Gleeson, Jessica Paré, Stanley Townsend
We Are Moving – Memories of Miss Moriarty is an intimate portrait of Joan Denise Moriarty, a visionary who overcame enormous odds by doggedly following her dream of bringing ballet to every corner of Ireland. A pioneer of early 20th century Irish dance, Joan Denise Moriarty dared to create a uniquely Irish form of ballet inspired by her love of nature and Irish folklore. Her life’s work has been largely overlooked since her death.
This is a celebration of Joan Denise the artist, the dancer, and the woman who was best known, loathed, and loved as Miss Moriarty.
Director: Claire Dix
Producers: Alan Maher, Rosin Geraghty
AFTER THE DANCE tells the very personal story of director Daisy Asquith’s mother's conception after a dance in the 1940s on the remote west coast of Ireland.
Her grandmother, compelled to run away to have her baby in secret, handed the child over to the nuns. Daisy's mum was eventually adopted by English Catholics from Stoke-on-Trent. Her grandmother returned to Ireland and told no one. Daisy’s grandfather remained a mystery for another sixty years, until Daisy and her mum decided it was time to find out who he was.
Their desperate need to know takes them on a fascinating and moving journey, revealing to them the fear and shame that Catholicism has wrought on the Irish psyche for centuries while connecting them with a brand new family living an extraordinarily different life.
Director: Daisy Asquith
Producers: Alan Maher, Doireann de Buitléar
APPLES OF THE GOLAN tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Before the occupation there were 139 such villages, which have now mostly been destroyed. Cut off from their homeland since the events of the Six Day War, the villagers fight to maintain their national identity amid political uncertainty, border disputes and the Syrian Civil War. They are all connected to, and owe their existence to, the apples which grow all around the village. In many ways, as their resistance to occupation is generally peaceful, the apples are their bombs.
Directors: Jill Beardsworth & Keith Walsh
Producer: John Wallace
Rochester, NY is a city defined by photography. Once dominated by Kodak, the city now faces a new digital future. PHOTO CITY presents a portrait of photography itself as told through the lens of the citizens of a place defined by the art form. The film explores how the various strands of the city interact with photography, how its past informs its present, and how the resilience of its citizens perhaps suggests a future.
Directors: John Murphy & Traolach Ó Murchú
Producer: John Wallace
John Paul Moorehouse is on his destructive quest to uncover the truth about the killer of his father twelve years ago. However John Paul's desire for revenge is swayed as he falls for Winnie Power, the daughter of the man he suspects killed his father. John Paul must now battle between his consuming passion for justice and his desire to be with the woman he now loves.
Director: Mark O’ Connor
Writer: Mark O’ Connor
Producers: John Wallace, Cormac Fox
Cast: John Connors, Peter Coonan, Michael Collins, Carla McGlynn
Karen, a recovering addict, has settled into a successful new life with her husband and young daughter. When Karl, an old boyfriend recently released from prison, turns up unexpectedly, Karen’s buried past comes back to haunt her. Karen is forced to go on a road trip and confront a world she thought she’d escaped from if she is to protect her family and her future.
Director: P.J. Dillon
Writers: P.J. Dillon, Roger Karshan, Ronan Carr
Producers: John Wallace, Alex Jones
Cast: Amy Huberman, Allen Leech, Owen McDonnell, Simon Delaney