Alan Maher is an Irish film Producer and Co-Managing Director of COWTOWN PICTURES.
Alan Maher’s previous 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; Tom Burke’s feature documentary LOSING ALASKA, which premiered at IDFA in 2018 and wll be released theatrically by Breakout Pictures in November 2019; 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.
Prior to setting up his own company, Alan Maher was a Senior Executive/Executive Producer at Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board) for six years and was responsible for more than fifty feature films and documentaries including GOOD VIBRATIONS, GRABBERS, LAST HIJACK, KNUCKLE, MEA MAXIMA CULPA, THE SUMMIT, KELLY + VICTOR, DREAMS OF A LIFE, HIS & HERS and WAKE WOOD.
Alan also developed and co-produced the award-winning horror film CITADEL, directed by Ciarán Foy.
Alan was selected by European Film Promotion as Ireland’s Producer on the Move at Cannes 2017 and was named as one of the Hollywood Reporter’s ’10 Irish Talents to Watch’ in October 2017.
Before joining Screen Ireland, Alan was Head of Development at Element Pictures from 2002 until 2005.
John Wallace is an Irish film Producer and Co-Managing Director of COWTOWN PICTURES.
After graduating from Commerce in UCD, John started work as an assistant director on Irish and International productions. John established Black Sheep Productions in 2007 with writer Pierce Ryan, and directors Ronan and Rob Burke after the success of their short film ‘JELLYBABY’ (2006) This was followed by the short film ‘RUNNERS’ (2009) which won Best Short Film at the 2010 Irish Film and Television Awards.
Since then John has executive produced the feature 'KING OF THE TRAVELLERS' (dir Mark O'Connor 2012) and produced the features 'STANDBY' (dir Rob and Ronan Burke 2014) and the feature documentary 'SHOWRUNNERS' (dir Des Doyle 2014) for Black Sheep Productions. John has also produced the features 'REWIND' (dir PJ Dillon 2010) for Carbon Films, 'DOLLHOUSE' (dir Kirsten Sheridan 2012) for Factory Films which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival and the feature documentary 'APPLES OF THE GOLAN' ( dir Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth 2012) for Two Pair Films.
In 2017/2018 John co-produced the features ‘END OF SENTENCE’ (dir Elfar Adalsteins) and ‘CELLAR DOOR’ (dir Viko Nikci), both for Samson Films and line produced the feature ‘ANIMALS’ (dir Sophie Hyde) for Vico Films. John also executive produced the feature documentary ‘PHOTO CITY’ (John Murphy 2017) for Black Sheep Productions.
John formally joined forces with producer Alan Maher in 2018 to work on a joint slate created by bringing together Black Sheep and Marcie.
John is a graduate of the EAVE, Eurodoc, Inside Pictures and a member of ACE.