Celebrating Film At Mayo Day 2019

Posted in Connect on April 29, 2019.

This year Mayo Day celebrates ‘The Mayo Word’ in its many forms.  Part of the celebrations will focus on film and filmmakers, who have been inspired by Mayo, it’s landscape and its people.

Mayo Day in partnership with Film Mayo and Clare Island Film Festival are set to bring you a selection of short films, all with a Mayo connection and all having previously been screened at Mayo’s only contemporary film festival, the Clare Island Film Festival.

Below listed are the films being screened on Mayo Day.

Become Invisible          Edward Costello                                        10mins      

Told through two unique voices (Veronica Bolay & Ger Reidy), ‘become invisible’ explores the seductive & dramatic nature of Mayo’s landscape, revealing the tragic consequences that can arise when rural isolation and artistic pressure collide.

An Mhallacht                       Cóilín Ó Scolaí                                     17mins       

Mayo are once again in the GAA All Ireland Final: Dr Donal Green has his loyalties tested when he discovers that one of his comatose patients is the last living player from the infamous cursed Mayo team of 1951.  With a cast that includes TV and Film actors such as Seamus Hughes, Marcus Lamb, Peadar O Treasaigh, Peadar Cox, Yvonne Ni Laife and Aindrias De Staic, this dark comedy drama revolves around two brothers and how the Mayo GAA Curse of 1951 affects their daily lives – pushing them to the point where they go against all they believe to be true.

Islanders Rest              Claudius Gentinetta                        18mins            

Strange customs govern a little village on a windswept isle in the Atlantic. Every now and again, a boy collects a heavy package from the pub and brings it to his grandmother. He returns with a ship in a bottle. Boy and bottle are received by the men in the pub with an ominous chant. A boat raises anchor.  Seamus Fogarty, who grew up in Mayo on the Irish coast, composed the soundtrack to Islander’s Rest. His music echoes and amplifies the
rugged, wild landscape and the deep melancholy of cold rainy days.

Changing Tides     Mia Mullarkey and Jasmina Jasinska    4mins   

Award winning finalist on Genero.tv Storyteller’s Competition 2014. Inishturk is a small, remote island off the west coast of Mayo, Ireland. In this short documentary we meet the diminishing population who reveal their fears and hopes for the island’s future.

Still Dancing       Bjorn MacGiolla           10mins           

Shot in Mayo and the west, this is a Documentary about the dance hall era in the west of Ireland, directed by Clare Island native Bjorn MacGiolla.

The Green road to the Lighthouse      Daniela Gross           10mins       

In this short documentary, the personal journey of Jackie O’Grady takes the viewer through the changes in the way of life on Clare Island on the rugged west coast of Ireland. Technological advances would ultimately lead to the extinguishing of a generations-old career – the lighthouse keeper.

Film Mayo is an initiative of Mayo County Council Arts Service and aims to promote film and filmmaking in the county – www.filmmayo.ie

ClFF – Clare Island’s Film Festival takes place each September and has become known as one of Ireland’s most intimate film festival for film lovers. This year’s event takes place 6thto 8thSept on Clare Island  – www.clareislandfilmfestival.wordpress.com

There will be two screenings of the films at Mayo Day’s flagship event, which take place at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May 2019.  The screenings will take place in the AV Room at the Main Museum Galleries at 12.15pm & 1.30pm.

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