COWTOWN PICTURES is a narrative and documentary film production company run by producers Alan Maher, founder of Marcie Films, and John Wallace, founder of Black Sheep Productions. COWTOWN PICTURES combines the skillsets built up by John and Alan over combined decades of experience in the film and television industry.
John began his career as an assistant director on film sets, working his way up through production before embarking on his career as a successful film producer. Alan’s filmmaking career began as a development executive, most notably at Element Pictures, before joining Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board) as an Executive Producer/Production Executive for six years and, upon leaving, starting his own company in 2013. These different but complementary paths to producing instil COWTOWN PICTURES with a remarkable overview of film production and ensure that every aspect of a film is covered fully at the very highest level.
Marcie’s most recent feature film SONG OF GRANITE premiered at SXSW Film Festival to critical acclaim in March 2017 and went on to screen at Karlovy Vary and Galway, where it won the Best Cinematography Award. It was released theatrically in Winter 2017 by Thunderbird Releasing and Wildcard Distribution in the UK, Ireland and Canada, and by Oscilloscope in the US. SONG OF GRANITE was Ireland's Official Entry for the Foreign Language category of the 2018 Academy Awards and was nominated for three IFTA Awards.
Other past projects include; Maya Zinshtein’s FOREVER PURE (2016), which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and was sold internationally by Dogwoof; Claire Dix’s WE ARE MOVING: MEMORIES OF MISS MORIARTY which premiered at Audi Dublin International Film Festival in 2016; Anthony Wonke’s BEING AP (2015), which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, was distributed theatrically by eOne in the UK and sold internationally by HanWay; and Daisy Asquith’s AFTER THE DANCE, which screened on BBC4 in March 2015
Black Sheep’s credits include PHOTO CITY (2017) which premiered at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival; ERNESTINE & KIT (2016) directed by Simon Bird which premiered at SXSW 2016; STANDBY (2014) directed by Rob and Ronan Burke and sold internationally by Magnolia Pictures: Des Doyle’s SHOWRUNNERS (2014) directed by Des Doyle and sold by Submarine; Mark O’Connor’s KING OF THE TRAVELLERS (2012).
Forthcoming projects include: RIALTO written by Mark O’Halloran and directed by Peter Mackie Burns in co-production with The Bureau, supported by the BFI and Screen Ireland; SONGS FOR WHILE I’M AWAY, directed by Emer Reynolds, in co-production with Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music, supported by Screen Ireland; LOSING ALASKA, a feature documentary by Tom Burke, supported by Screen Ireland and LOLA, a narrative feature by Andrew Legge.