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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Award-winning Film Director John Carney Appointed Adjunct Professor at Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. John Carney, one of the most acclaimed and successful contemporary Irish film directors, has been appointed an Adjunct Professor with the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway. Mr. Carney will give talks and workshops in the Huston School over the next three-years, including the forthcoming BA in Film and Digital Media, and will also contribute to the increasing integration of the school’s programmes with the film and audio-visual industry in Ireland and internationally. John Carney will visit the Huston School of Film and Digital Media on Thursday, 9 November at 5.30pm to give an inaugural lecture as Adjunct Professor. John’s talk will be preceded by a directing workshop in the Huston School at 4pm for leaving certificate students interested in the School’s forthcoming BA in Film and Digital Media, enrolling from September 2018. Dr Seán Crosson, Acting Director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted that such a distinguished director as John Carney has agreed to join us in Huston as an Adjunct Professor. John has been a key figure in Irish film over the past twenty years. His award-winning work, particularly in the musical genre, has helped to reimagine the parameters of Irish cinema and brought Irish stories and characters to wide international audiences. John will make an important contribution to the Huston School programmes in the coming years, and allow us to further develop our connections with the film and audio-visual industry in Ireland and internationally.” Speaking about his appointment as Adjunct Professor, John Carney, said: “I’m thrilled with the appointment. Galway holds a special place in my heart as a filmmaker, and I look forward to many months of work with the NUI Galway students, discussing, developing and making films.” John Carney was born in Dublin and was educated at De La Salle College Churchtown and at Synge Street CBS. He was the bassist for Irish rock band The Frames between 1991 and 1993 and also directed some of their music videos. Carney also co-wrote and co-directed the hugely successful RTÉ TV series Bachelors Walk. In recent years Carney wrote and directed the 2006 global hit movie Once, which went on to win numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It has since been adapted as one of the most successful theatrical musicals of recent years, including award winning runs on Broadway and the West End. Subsequent films directed by Carney have enjoyed considerable critical and commercial success. Begin Again (2013) grossed over $63 million worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lost Stars. His most recent film, the Irish set coming of age musical Sing Street (2016), was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 74th Golden Globes in January 2017. With a core focus on the development of creative and critical skills, the BA in Film and Digital Media equips graduates for a career in today’s rapidly changing media environment. Employing over 6,000 people nationwide, and generating an estimated €550 million annually, the creative industries are central to Ireland’s economic and cultural achievements on the global stage. At the heart of the industry’s success lie the creative talents of the individuals working within it. The exciting new BA in Film and Digital Media undergraduate degree offers students a unique combination of theory and practice across the areas of film and digital media, providing them with practical skills in filmmaking, screenwriting, and digital development and design, and positioning them to become the next generation of content creators. Students interested in attending John Carney’s inaugural lecture and workshop on Thursday, 9 November should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited. .
Friday, 20 October 2017
Galway Music Residency in association with the Huston School of Film & Digital Media present a screening of the silent film, Nosferatu, with a score performed live by Con Tempo Quartet Thursday, October 26, 7.30pm, Huston Main If you’re looking for something a little different this Halloween, the Galway Music Residency has just the thing! This unique event, in association with NUI Galway, is sure to give you that spooky feeling. This classic 1922 silent film was the first onscreen interpretation of the story of Dracula and, though banned at the time for copyright infringements, it has gone down in cinematic history as one of the greatest horror films ever made. While this great classic is being screened next Thursday, 26th October, the Galway ConTempo Quartet will perform a very special live score composed in the 1990s to provide a fresh sound-scape for such a timeless piece of film. It was composed by French specialist Baudime Jam in 2002 for the Prima Vista Quartet which has performed it in numerous times internationally. The score has since become part of the repertoire of a number of other renowned string quartets including the Debussy Quartet. Tickets for this unique event cost €10/€5 and can be purchased at Nosferatu Live or on the door.
Friday, 6 October 2017
Huston Guest session: Kevin Toolis: "The Wonders of the Irish Wake and other Adventures in the Screen Trade." Thursday October 26, 2.30pm, Huston Main. The award-winning filmmakerand writer Kevin Toolis will speak in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media on Thursday, 26 October 2017 at2.30pm. The event is organised by Aonad Léann na Cumarsáide, Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in association Huston School of Film & Digital Media. A BAFTA award-winner (for his ethical thriller, Complicit (2013)), Toolis has also been nominated for an Emmy for his documentary 'Cult of the Suicide Bomber' (2006), an extraordinary examination of the origins and motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber. His books include Rebel Hearts concerning the IRA and he has contributed as a journalist to the New York Times, the Observer and the Guardian. His drama 'The Confessions of Gordon Brown' was staged on the West End in London in 2013. Weidenfeld & Nicolson published his most recent this year My Father's Wake, a moving meditation on death and a celebration of the traditional Irish way of mourning the dead.
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
BRESAL 2017: Europe and the Social 26-27 October 2017 Supported by the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance and the School of Humanities Research Incentivisation Scheme NUI Galway Europe, as continent, social community, and political union, is in crisis. Societies are fraught with economic instability and cultural tensions, while the refugee crisis has led to humanitarian devastation and renewed vociferous debate about the limits of inclusion and tolerance within European societies. The growth of far-right politics as well as the tone and tenor of its discourse present alarming threats in social, political and cultural realms. For states lying outside the boundaries of the European Union on the continent, perhaps differing concerns animate many of the same tensions. Europe and the world await to see how the UK’s exit from the EU will shift balances of power, prestige and access in European society and beyond. Artists and scholars, through this symposium, are invited to question the relationship(s) across art, society and the past, present and future(s) of the European project through interdisciplinary enquiry and practice. Panels will explore the historical contexts of European arts practice, scholarship, politics, culture and society, as well as focus on the urgency of the present moment, and anxieties regarding the future. What is the role of the artist in the contemporary as well as historical moment in reshaping and calling into question the boundaries of “Europeanness” on scales ranging from the individual to the supra-national? What promise does looking towards practice-as-research as methodology and mode of social engagement at this particular juncture hold for European communities? And what warnings? BRESAL is a forum for artists and scholars who are passionate about the intelligence of art. Based on the West Coast of Ireland, it was founded by the Burren College of Art, the Huston School of Film and Digital Media (NUI Galway) and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (UL). Its goal is to provide opportunities for artists-scholars to share their work, support doctoral level arts research, and advocate for recognition and support at a national and international level. The forum takes its name and inspiration from the mythical Celtic island of ‘Bresal’: an island off the West Coast of Ireland known to appear and disappear magically. It is a metaphor for our interest in art’s intelligence: sometimes obvious and sometimes illusive; both measurable and intangible. Note: There is a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Please reserve tickets at: www.eventbrite.ie
Monday, 2 October 2017
Huston Guest Session: Award-winning Music documentary Cinematographer Frank Shortt Huston Main, Thursday, October 5th at 2.30pm Frank Shortt has worked in the film industry for almost twenty years, specialising in the music documentary genre and contributing as a cinematographer to award-winning productions including for leading international rock acts Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Rush. Originally from Norway, he completed a bachelor degree in Film & Video production in 2001 at Surrey Institute of Art & Design (now part of UCA UK), working as a camera trainee and extra on the Oscar-winning feature film Gladiator (Ridley Scott) during his time there and specialising in camera and lighting. In 2003 Frank returned to Norway and collaborated with fellow filmmaker Martin Hawkes; together they set up SAFT Film, a production company producing local, national and Scandinavian productions and industrial videos. In 2004, Frank (as cinematographer) and SAFT collaborated with the Canadian production company Banger Films to shoot the acclaimed documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005). This led to a series of major music documentary productions for some of the biggest rock banks in the world, including Motörhead: The World Is Ours (2011), Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland (2011) and Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009). Frank rose to Head of Camera Department/Cinematographer for Bangers Films, producing high end documentaries and films for clients such as Warner Bros, Universal, Netflix, as well as Bangers’ own productions. Among Bangers’ major achievements was a Grammy nomination for Best long form music video in 2011 (for RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)) and winning the Juno awards for music DVD of the year in 2011 (RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage) and 2010 (Iron Maiden: Flight 666). During his visit to Huston, Frank will discuss the process of producing music videos and screen extracts from the work he has done to date.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Pat Comer - Visual Storyteller Huston Main, Thursday, 28 Septemer at 2.30pm Pat Comer is a Galway-based filmmaker, photographer, and visual storyteller. For over twenty years Pat has plied his trade – producing and directing documentaries and dramas for TV, and also creating novel exhibition spaces – usually outdoors – to display his photographic work. While these different projects are often varied and diverse in both format and nature, there is however a central premise to his work: to try and find meaning and value in the subtleties of everyday life. Because of his background playing with the Galway senior Gaelic football team (and representing Ireland in International Rules), some of Pat’s work has naturally focused on ‘sporting-themed’ documentaries including the award winning ‘A Year ‘til Sunday’ (1998); ‘Munster – The Brave and The Faithful’ (2006); ‘Tall, Dark and O hAilpín’ (2007); ‘Paddy Don Patricio’ (2012); and ‘Living for London’ (six-part series) (2012), to name but a few. Comedy-based documentaries provide another genre that takes up a large slice of Pat’s TV work. Previous collaborations include with comedian Des Bishop on the projects: ‘In the Name of the Fada’; ‘My Dad way nearly James Bond’, ‘Under the Influence’ and ‘Breaking China’. In the past he has also worked with comedians Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny (D’Unbelieveables), Tommy Tiernan, and Jason Byrne. No matter the genre however, the central tenet of any of Pat’s documentary or photographic work is the ‘story’. Pat’s talk in Huston will focus centrally on ‘story-telling’ and those attending will learn not just about the craft but also the business.
Friday, 15 September 2017
Huston School of Film & Digital Media continue their Guest Session Talks on Thursday 21st September at 2.30pm with Heather Grace Mills discussing animation in Ireland Heather Grace Mills is an Animation Producer and Line Producer working for Telegael in Connemara, in the West of Ireland. A graduate of both GMIT (BA Film & TV Production) and NUIG (MA Film Studies: Theory and Practice), Heather has worked in Animation Production for more than a decade across a range of animation formats including traditional 2D animation, 3D-CGI, stop-motion puppet animation, and sand animation, for both series and feature films. Heather is currently producing, for Telegael, the first stop-motion feature film ever to be made in Ireland, “Captain Morten & The Spider Queen”, a coproduction with Estonia (Nukufilm) and Belgium (Grid Animation) featuring an all-star Irish cast including Brendan Gleeson, Pauline McGlynn, Ciarán Hinds, Tommy Tiernan and Jason Byrne. Heather’s presentation will include clips and behind-the-scenes footage of “Captain Morten” and other projects in development, and the talk will also provide an overview of animation production, touching upon funding, training, international coproduction and distribution.
Monday, 4 September 2017
At School with The Man Who Knew Too Much A Lecture by Murray Pomerance Sponsored by the Discipline of English and the Huston School Of Film & Digital Media 15 September 2017, from 2-4 pm in Huston Main Murray Pomerance is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. He is the author of The Man Who Knew Too Much (BFI, 2016), A King of Infinite Space (Oberon, 2017), Moment of Action: Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Rutgers, 2016), Marnie (BFI, 2014), The Economist (Oberon, 2014), The Eyes Have It: Cinema and the Reality Effect (Rutgers, 2013), Alfred Hitchcock's America (Polity, 2013), Tomorrow (Oberon, 2012), Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema (California, 2011), Edith Valmaine (Oberon, 2010), The Horse Who Drank the Sky: Film Experience Beyond Narrative and Theory (Rutgers 2008), Johnny Depp Starts Here (Rutgers 2005), An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers 2004), Savage Time (Oberon 2005), and Magia D'Amore (Sun and Moon, 1999). His book Ici Commence Johnny Depp was published by Éditions Capricci in 2010; and Johnny Depp: Betrachtungen zu einem Schauspieler appeared from Reinhard Weber Verlag in 2006. He has edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including George Cukor: Hollywood Master (Edinburgh, 2015), The Last Laugh: Strange Humors of Cinema (Wayne State, 2013), Hollywood's Chosen People: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema (Wayne State, 2012), Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars of the 2000s (Rutgers 2011 (Rutgers 2006), From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings (Rodopi 2006), American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers 2005), Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (Wayne State 2005).
Monday, 4 September 2017
Huston School of Film & Digital Media Guest Speaker Sessions resume with a talk by Bob Quinn on Thursday 14th September at 2.30pm James Thurber wrote of himself: 'Easy to rouse, he is hard to quiet and people usually just go away.' The same might be said of Bob Quinn. Under the title 'Cinegael', and for nearly four decades, in words and images, Bob Quinn has recorded life in the West of Ireland, especially in the Conamara Gaeltacht. He has been called a 'talented eccentric' (by Ken Gray, Irish Times) a 'maverick' (by corporate RTE & the late Jim Kemmy), and was a key figure in the emergence of a distinctive Irish film culture from the 1970s onwards. He has filmed and photographed from Tatarstan to Morocco, from India to the United States. His work has been exhibited from Galway to Los Angeles, from Moscow to Missouri. Apart from his film work, he has been published by Quartet Books (London & New York), O'Brien Press, (Dublin), Brandon Press, (Kerry), Lilliput Press (Dublin) and Cló Iar-Chonnacht, (Galway). The film and video company, Cinegael, which with Seosamh Ó Cuaig and Toni Cristofides he founded in 1973, concentrated on the Gaeltacht of Conamara. Quinn still sees this Irish-speaking area in the West of Ireland as the grain of sand which, in the William Morris sense, contains and illuminates the world. Cinegael's original intention was to reinforce the identity of this threatened linguistic minority: the group soon realised that in modern times man's destiny is stated in political terms. Inspired by the the National Film Board of Canada's Challenge for Change programme and using pioneering closed-circuit TV techniques it recorded local events and controversies. It mediated successfully between local opinion and public bodies. Gradually Cinegael began to engage with the larger polity. It evolved into a maker of one-off film documentaries and dramas – including acclaimed films Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire (1975) Poitín (1977) The Atlantean Trilogy (1981/1984) and Budawanny (1987) - which were all screened on RTE, as well as on BBC, Channel Four, S4C, SBC etc. and which achieved other international recognition. In 1981 Quinn earned the Spirit of the Festival Award at the Celtic Film Festival. In 1984 he won a Jacob's TV Award. In 2009 he was awarded the 'Director's Choice' award at the Boston Irish Film Festival (BIFF). In 1988 he was the first film maker to be elected a member of Aosdána, the Irish Parliament of Artists. (In the same year he met Colonel Ghadafi.) In 2001 Quinn was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Film Institute and in 2012 he was awarded the Foras Na Gaeilge SDGI Award for Outstanding Work as a Director in the Irish Language.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
NUI Galway and Galway Film Fleadh to Host Gender Representation Discussion in the Audio Visual Industry The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway, along with the Galway Film Fleadh, will host a public event to discuss the influence of gender stereotyping on female participation and leadership in the audio-visual, business and technology industries. The event will take place as part of Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday 15 July. The panel discussion aims to inform an NUI Galway research agenda following a recent survey carried out by technology consultants Accenture. As part of the report, 1,000 females comprising of secondary school students, young women (ages 18-23), secondary school teachers, and parents with daughters in post-primary education were surveyed on why they thought girls constituted a minority in STEM courses? As many as 44% of the survey respondents indicated that STEM subjects are more suited to males than females. Teachers cited that the promotion of ‘traditional’ female career paths (nursing, teaching) only served to exacerbate the stereotype that STEM careers are more suitable for boys than girls. The event invites participants to discuss how the representation of women in movies and popular culture may impact on the involvement of women in creative leadership positions in these three particular industries. However, research is emerging which suggests that the way in which women are presented in movies and popular culture tell women, and their teachers and mentors that these industries are not for women. Dr Seán Crosson, Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway, said: “A recent American study of women in film and television found that women made up just 7% of all directors in the top 250 films, a 2% decline from 2015. In Ireland, one study from the 20-year period, 1993-2013, found only 13% of Irish-produced screenplays were penned by female writers with the percentage of women in directing roles in single figures. The ongoing and increasing under-representation of women in this area is a serious issue that requires radical and imaginative responses from the film and audio-visual industry. We hope that this event can help foreground this important topic and contribute to a better understanding of the issues involved and potential solutions to address it in the future, through more progressive depictions of women in film and popular culture.” Miriam Allen, Managing Director of Galway Film Fleadh, said: “As the Irish film industry finds itself at something of a crossroads in terms of female participation in the audio-visual sector, events such as these are invaluable, not only in terms of raising awareness and discussing policy but, more importantly in informing policy and discourse going forward. All of us at the Fleadh are delighted to be involved in this event.” The panel will include representatives from the audio visual industries: Dr Susana Liddy (Lecturer in Media Studies, Producer, Writer); Marian Quinn (Irish Film Board member, Janey Pictures); Ciara Nic Chormaic (Producer, Magamedia) and representatives from the business and technology industries; Lorna Martyn (Senior Vice President and Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments Ireland), Vicky Godolphin (Digital Lead, Accenture Ireland) and Saima Clohessy (Senior Data Engineer, Fidelity Investments Ireland). Event organisers, Dr Trevor Clohessy and Dr Murray Scott from the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, remarked: “The report conducted by Accenture Ireland entitled ‘Powering economic growth: Attracting more young women into science and technology’, highlights how career stereotypes and negative perceptions pertaining to STEM subjects is worrying.” “We hope that this event can identify barriers which are ultimately contributing to the shortage of women taking up roles in the Business and the IT industry. The major issues and insights arising from the panel discussion will be useful to inform the development of government policy in this area, and signpost a future research agenda.” The panel discussion will take place on Saturday 15 July from 9am-12pm in Room MRA201 Lecture Theatre, in the Ryan Institute Annex, NUI Galway as part of Galway Film Fleadh. For bookings to attend the event, visit: http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/index.php/project/exploring-influence-gender
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Huston School of Film & Digital Media host Screen Industries on the Periphery: Policy and Practice a creative exchange On Wednesday 12th July from 9:30-13:30 an international group of practitioners working in the screen industries from Northern Ireland, Finland, Iceland and Sweden will talk about their work. Discussions will take place about enterprises working in film, TV and digital media in peripheral regions and insights from local speakers on policy and practice. In addition, this creative exchange seminar which includes will include presentations, panel sessions and audience Q&A. Speakers & Panel Members: Paddy Hayes, Magamedia Declan Gibbons, Galway Film Centre Dr. Conn Holohan, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway Pauline White, Western Development Commission Antti Kaarlela, EverWhatProductions Emma Owen, Babyjane Productions Joonas Pirttikangas, Hepola Films Petteri Staven, Mutant Koala Pictures George Kingsnorth, Gullion Media Birna Pétursdóttir, Fluga Hugmyndahús Joe Marcus, OMAS Media Daniel Nordlund, Mountain North Pictures To register and view the planned schedule see screen-industries-on-the-periphery-policy-and-practice-tickets
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Open Talk with Joseph McBride Author of award-winning biography Searching for John Ford (2001)Thursday June 15th at, 7pm Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUI Galway) are delighted to welcome Joseph McBride, author of the award-winning biography Searching for John Ford (2001) for a public lecture at the school entitled "John Ford, Irish-American Poet and Comedian”. McBride's talk will take place on Thursday June 15th at 7pm, is free and open to all. "If there is any single thing that explains either of us", John Ford once said to Eugene OʼNeill, “itʼs that weʼre Irish.” Their worlds intersected in 1940, when Ford directed his film version of OʼNeillʼs tetralogy of one-act sea plays, The Long Voyage Home. John Ford, aka John Feeney (1894-1973), the American-born son of Irish immigrants, was a man of many varied and often conflicting moods, themes, and obsessions. Although Ford usually is identified with the Western genre, in which he made such masterpieces as Stagecoach and The Searchers, his vast body of work encompasses a wide range of subject matter. Perhaps closest to his heart were his films about his beloved Ireland. For McBride, "Ford's humor is one of his strongest and most characteristic attributes. Being both a "poet" and a "comedian" is essential to Ford's tragicomic (and very Irish) view of the world and to the anarchic, subversive streak that coexists with his lifelong reverence for tradition. Further information: Dr. Tony Tracy - email@example.com Joseph McBride is the author of Searching for John Ford, hailed by both the Irish Times and the New York Times as the “definitive” biography of the director. A veteran writer for Variety, McBride has also written highly acclaimed biographies of Steven Spielberg and Frank Capra. McBride’s interview with John Ford appears in his most recent book Two Cheers for Hollywood: Joseph McBride on Movies.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Sport & Exercise Research Group, Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar First Wednesday of each month ‘From there to here’: Narratives of Transition, Migration and National Identity in Irish Media Representations of Rugby Union in the Professional Era” Dr Marcus Free,(Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)Wednesday, June 7th, 1pmMoore Institute,Seminar Room GO10, Ground FloorHardiman Research Building NUI Galway Irish media representation of rugby union in the post-1995 professional era has become a vehicle for the rehearsal of fantasies and anxieties concerning national identity in the context of the Republic of Ireland as a neoliberal state. Irish rugby’s reorganisation and competitive successes have facilitated comforting images and discourses of centralised management, national cohesion and continuity while successive Irish governments’ neoliberal policies have focused on deregulation, facilitating foreign direct investment and reduced social services spending. Representations of advancements in rugby management and coaching intersected with pervasive managerialist discourses in Irish media and politics during and following the 2008 collapse of the Celtic Tiger boom, but with a heavy stress on serving the ‘national interest’. Relatedly, the targeted import of foreign players and coaches is often depicted as reflective of Irish rugby management’s successful negotiation of the neoliberal environment of contemporary European and world rugby. However, the paper focuses on how recent concerns regarding the potential hindrance of ‘native’ player/coach development and the threat of economically driven out-migration evince anxieties concerning Irish rugby’s fragile economy and cultural identity that interconnect with broader concerns regarding Ireland’s enduring economic vulnerability following the 2008 crisis. Marcus Free is a lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He has taught previously at the Universities of Sunderland and Wolverhampton. His current research interests are in the fields of sport as lived culture, the cultural politics of the representation of sport in film and popular media, the psychodynamics of fans’ emotional and cultural investment in sport and sport media, and memories of media and cultural consumption in the construction of autobiographical narrative. He is co-author (with John Hughson and David Inglis) of The Uses of Sport: a Critical Study (Routledge, 2005), and has published many international journal articles and chapters in scholarly collections on constructions of gender, race and national identity in sport, sport fandom and sport media. He also published research on Irish migration, gender and national identity in contemporary film and television drama.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway Research Symposium 2017 Monday May 29th Broken Beyond Repair? Irish Broad Casting Policy in the 21st Century Keynote: Dr Roddy Flynn,(Dublin City University)Huston MainNUI Galway Bio: Dr Roddy Flynn is Chair of the MA in Film and Television at the School of Communications. Dublin City University. He writes and researches extensively on film and broadcasting policy in Ireland and Europe and is author (with John Horgan) of "Irish Media History" to be published by Four Courts Press in Autumn 2017. Abstract: Irish broadcasting has experienced a succession of "perfect storms" since the beginning of this century. An increasingly crowded marketplace has meant intensive competition for audiences and advertising revenue: Irish advertisers could place their commercials on five channels in 2000 but in 2017 there are 48, most of which are based overseas. There is also increasing competition from non-linear television: having launched in 2012, Netflix is available in one in five Irish homes and in late 2016 was joined by Amazon Prime. Though radio and television have retained audiences in absolute terms (indeed the Irish as a while watch more daily television in 2017 than they did in 2007), they face increasing competition for attention from other screen media: by 2015, media accessed online were not merely on a par with television as a source of news for Irish audiences but far exceeded the influence of print and radio as media. The ongoing impact of the post-2008 crash has seen broadcast revenues collapse while appeals to the state for greater public funding have largely fallen on deaf ears (due in part to European Commission restrictions on state aid to public broadcasters). This presentation seeks to delineate the various political, economic, social and technical influences on the current Irish broadcasting landscape, to identify their impact and to prognosticate as to the likely future shape of broadcasting in Ireland.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI GalwayResearch Symposium 2017Monday May 29th The annual PhD research day of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway will be held on Monday May 29th. Huston currently has ten PhD students engaged in a variety of pioneering research projects, both traditional and practice-based. These include projects examining punk cinema, digital comics, what New Media can learn from film, video and altermodernity, comedy in contemporary art practice, awe and the sublime in cinema, augmented reality, media practices and Irish identity in the United Kingdom, and transnational science-fiction. Huston’s research day will also include a screening of the essay film Dúshlán Lurgan (The Lurgan Challengem), the final project of Huston practice-based PhD candidate Uinsionn Mac Dubhghaill. Dúshlán Lurgan examines the production of Irish-language versions of popular music videos in English at Coláiste Lurgan, an Irish summer college in Connemara. The guest speaker for this year’s research day is Dr. Roddy Flynn (Dublin City University) who will be presenting on the topic of “Broken beyond repair? Irish Broadcasting policy in the 21st century”. Dr Flynn is Chair of the MA in Film and Television at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. He writes and researches extensively on film and broadcasting policy in Ireland and Europe and is author (with John Horgan) of Irish Media History to be published by Four Courts Press in Autumn 2017. The Huston School of Film & Digital Media is the leading centre for research and teaching in film and digital media in the West of Ireland. The school offers teaching and research programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (up to PhD), including pioneering MA degrees in Film Studies: Theory and Practice, Film Production and Direction, Digital Media, Arts Policy and Practice, Public Advocacy and Activism, and Film and Theatre. Download programme: PhD Research Symposium 2017 Samples of film work and ongoing research in Huston is also available on our YouTube channel
Monday, 24 April 2017
Sport & Exercise Research Group, Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar First Wednesday of each month Sport and homophobia in France: Twenty years of research Professor Philippe Liotard,(Université Claude Bernard Lyon - Université Lyon 1)Wednesday, May 3rd, 1pmMoore Institute,Seminar Room GO10, Ground FloorHardiman Research Building NUI Galway For the next session of our Sport & Exercise Research Seminar (Wed. May 3rd 1pm), we are delighted to have as our guest speaker Professor Philippe Liotard who will be speaking on the topic of “Sport and homophobia in France: twenty years of research” Professor Philippe Liotard is a lecturer and researcher based at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon - Université Lyon 1 who works in the area of sport and discrimination. He has published a range of books with a specific focus on gender discrimination, including Le sport dans les sixties. Pratiques, valeurs, acteurs (Reims, Éditions et presses universitaires, 2016) and Sport et homosexualités (Montpellier, Editions Quasimodo et Fils, 2008). “Sport and homophobia in France: twenty years of research” From 1997 (Eurogames in Paris) to 2018 (Gay Games in Paris), LGBT's sport spread in two directions. On the one hand, an associative sports network has developed which prepares people for the Gay Games and organizes everyday sport practice, most of the clubs being linked to the French Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (FSGL). On the other hand, LGBT’s sport is a tool for fighting homophobia. Firstly, because LGBT’s sport has been created on the shared emotional experience of homophobia, offering a safe environment for athletes. And secondly, the main concern of this talk, because regular international sports events are used to promote a positive image of LGBT people with a collective vigilance emerging in the media since the mid-2000’s.
Friday, 31 March 2017
Sport & Exercise Research Group, Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar First Wednesday of each month Designing physical education for Irish schools in the second-half of the centenary years, 1966-2016 Dr. Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway Wednesday, April 5th, 1pmSeminar Room GO10, Ground FloorHardiman Research Building NUI Galway Physical activity and regular exercise invariably, if not incontrovertibly, form part of a healthy lifestyle; and not only physical wellness but also mental and emotional wellbeing. Research also suggests that – in post-primary education – continuing engagement in physical activity and sport during the pressurised exam years can enhance pupils’ performance in high-stakes examinations. With the expansion in lifestyle design, with physical fitness at its centre, Ireland is experiencing unprecedented levels of engagement in sport and physical activity, evidenced by the burgeoning growth in bespoke fitness classes and programmes; diet planning and healthy eating; and large-scale sports activities and events. Perhaps now more than ever, the adage applies: ‘mens sana in corpore sano’. Furthermore, sport represents a crucial part of Irish cultural and historical identity, and for a country of its relative size and population, the Irish economy and GDP. However, while sport and physical activity occupy a highly significant place in Irish society, physical education in Irish schools has lagged behind - marginalised on timetables in favour of more important exam subjects, or underserved by inadequate equipment. In 2013, Ireland was ranked by the EU in the bottom 3 of 36 European countries for physical education provision in schools. It might be argued that since the mid-1960s, when a different image of Ireland prevailed upon the bicentenary commemorations for The Rising in 1966, (than did in 2016), a predominantly intellectualist frame has strongly influenced education in Ireland, emerging from the seminal educational-philosophical work of R.S. Peters. With recent changes in the Junior Cycle curriculum, and an emphasis on young people’s wellbeing in the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA), which includes PE as a core area, and the design of the Senior Cycle PE Framework (2016), the time seems ripe to transform PE in Irish schools. Consistent with similar developments taking place for computer science at Senior Cycle, physical education might finally be able to move beyond the problematic status of ‘subject without a syllabus’. This talk explores the new curriculum designs for physical education, traced through the history of physical education in Irish schools since the mid-1960s, when R.S. Peters’ salient work first emerged; and in an analysis informed by contemporary debates and themes in education – both in Ireland and internationally - highlights constraints and possibilities of the new PE design for Irish education. Download Leaflet (171Kb)
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
John Carney was born in Dublin and was educated at De La Salle College Churchtown and at Synge Street CBS. He was bassist for Irish rock band The Frames between 1991 and 1993 and also directed some of their music videos. In addition to shooting music videos, Carney also wrote and directed two award-winning short films (Shining Star and Hotel) before making his first feature. With fellow film-maker Tom Hall, Carney wrote and directed November Afternoon, his first feature film, in 1996. Despite a limited release, it was acclaimed as the "Film of the Year" by the Irish Times. John wrote, directed and scored his next project, the hour-long TV film Just In Time, starring Frances Barber and Gerard McSorley. The Irish Times voted it Best TV Film of 1998. Carney's next film was the edgy drama Park, which premiered at the Dublin Film Festival. Two years later, in 2001, he co-wrote and directed On the Edge. The film starred Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea and was released through Universal Studios. He was awarded the Silver Hitchcock Award for On the Edge at the 2001 Dinard Festival of British Cinema. Carney returned to TV writing and directing during the same year. He co-wrote and co-directed (with his brother Kieran Carney and Tom Hall) the hugely successful RTÉ TV series Bachelors Walk. The independently produced TV series proved the most successful in Irish television history. The series ran for three seasons. In 2006, Carney directed the feature movie Once. First screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, Once had its official world release at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and won the World Cinema Audience Award in the category Dramatic. A low-budget affair shot for only $160,000, Once was hugely successful, grossing $7 million worldwide in its first 3 months of release. Legendary film-maker Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, "Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year." As writer and director of Once, Carney won the Most Promising Newcomer award in the Evening Standard British Film Awards 2007 and the film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It has since been adapted as one of the most successful theatrical musicals of recent years, including award winning runs on Broadway and the West End. Subsequent films directed by Carney have enjoyed considerable critical and commercial success. Begin Again (2013) grossed over $63 million worldwide (it is the most-watched independent film of all time in South Korea) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lost Stars". His most recent film, the Irish set coming of age musical Sing Street (2016), was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 74th Golden Globes in January 2017.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
On Friday March 10th at 2pm, we will be inviting a panel of industry guests to discuss access to the audio-visual industry and answer any questions you may have. These guests currently include : Sarah Dillon, Production & Development Executive with the Irish Film Board http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports writers, directors and production companies across these sectors by providing investment loans for the development, production and distribution of film, television and animation projects. David Kavanagh, CEO of the Writers Guild of Ireland http://script.ie/ The Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) is the representative body in Ireland for writers for the stage, screen, radio and digital media. The Guild is an organisation run by writers for writers. We keep our members informed of news about the industry through our blog and fortnightly electronic newsletter, offer advice on contracts, organise talks and meetings, set up information sessions about issues of concern and lobby government agencies on matters pertaining to playwrights and screenwriters. Paddy Hayes, Producer with Magamedia http://www.magamedia.net/ MAGAMEDIA is a small tribe of independent award-winning filmmakers based in the West of Ireland. Magamedia has carved out a reputational niche for itself as a hungry, up-and-coming drama and doc producer that is prepared to get its hands dirty in the subject matters it will tackle. Our editorial line is simple: we worship at the feet of the great God Story. When cinematographer Conrad L. Hall was asked how he knew where to point the camera he answered: "I point the camera at the story". Our development and production philosophy here at Magamedia is similar - our energies are devoted to vigorously and rigorously pursuing great stories across drama and documentary.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Our Sport & Exercise Research Group seminar series continues on Wednesday March 1st at 2.15pm in the Moore Institute when Professor Philip Dine will present on “The World Comes to One Country: Migration, Cultures and Professional Rugby in France” Further details on the talk are given below: The World Comes to One Country: Migration, Cultures and Professional Rugby in France Professor Philip Dine (National University of Ireland, Galway) French rugby is a sport historically practiced in the ‘wrong’ place, for the ‘wrong’ reasons and in the ‘wrong’ way. Its most abiding social function has been as a marker of frequently belligerent local identities, with investment in the game, both moral and material, being almost always parochial in nature. This was reflected for much of the nominally amateur era by the French tolerance of both institutionalized violence and illicit payments to players. Crucially, this national distinctiveness has also included an authentically creative approach to the game on the pitch and intense scrutiny of its myriad meanings off it. Such debates have traditionally centred on the performances of the national side, but more recently have also highlighted both the commercial prioritization and the competitive attrition of the two club competitions that dominate modern French rugby, namely the Top 14 tournament and the European Champions Cup. In a related development, the increasingly transnational diversity of French teams in the professional era suggests that rugby may finally have joined the country’s other major athletic disciplines in crossing social boundaries in ways not possible in other spheres.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Catastrophic Echoes: Combinatory Cinema by Roderick Coover and Scott RettbergHuston Guest Session, March 9th, 2.30pm, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway Filmmaker Roderick Coover and writer Scott Rettberg present selections from three of their CRchange studio projects http://www.crchange.net/ which integrate computational methods and digital arts practice to produce films that generate new versions on each run. The Last Volcano (2010) tells a story of a catastrophic volcanic eruption and its aftermath is narrated by a Norwegian woman. As the narrative cycles a second time, the woman’s husband attempts to interrupt, questioning the disturbing history and trying to place it in historical time. The story references events of the distant past, but its setting and telling raise anxieties related to contemporary cycles of memory and forgetting. Three Rails Live (2012), a web-based combinatory film developed by Rettberg, Coover, and Nick Montfort, produces new juxtapositions of image and text on each run, delivering narrative fragments from a contemporary story of personal and environmental dissolution sandwiched between “perverbs” that deliver a “moral” to each story. Toxi•City (2014) is a feature-length combinatory climate change film that layers segments of a speculative narrative of life in the toxic environment of the Delaware River Estuary after a series of hurricanes have devastated the landscape with the actual stories of area residents who perished during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Roderick Coover (b. 1967) is the creator or co-creator of works of digital, interactive and emergent cinema and digital arts such as Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, and The Theory of Time. He is also the maker of documentary films and interactive, documentary research projects such as The Unknown Territories Project, From Verite to Virtual: Conversations On The Frontiers Of Anthropology And Documentary Film, The Language of Wine: An Anthropology of Work Wine And The Senses and Cultures In Webs: Working In Hypermedia With The Documentary Image. His works are designed for the screen, interactive media, database cinema, photographic installation, online multimedia publication, gaming platforms and other Web media, and he has been a pioneering creator of some of the earliest forms of interactive cinema and digital, ethnographic arts. His works — both of fact and fiction — blend arts and research, and blur conventional, disciplinary boundaries. His is also the author or co-author of numerous works about creative practice and theory in print, including the book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (University of Chicago Press). He is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he is the Founding Director of the PhD-MFA Program in Documentary Arts and Visual Research, the MA Program in mediaXarts:Cinema for New Technologies and Environments and the Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (PhD 1999), Brown University (MA 1994) and Cornell University (1989). His work is internationally exhibited and reviewed, and he has received Fulbright, Mellon, Whiting and LEF awards, among others. Learn more about his work at roderickcoover.com. Scott Rettberg (b. 1970) is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, The Catastrophe Trilogy, Three Rails Live, Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project and others. His creative work has been exhibited both online and at art venues, including the Inova Gallery, Rom 8, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere. Rettberg was the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project, from 2010-2013. Rettberg is leader of the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group and director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. Rettberg was the conference chair of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization international conference and festival in Bergen. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (PhD 2002), Illinois State University (MA 1995), and Coe College (1992). Learn more about his work at retts.net.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Orla Fagan Guest Lecture Wednesday 15th February, 11-1pm Orla Fagan, a graduate of the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism will be our visiting speaker on Wednesday 15th February, 11-1 in Q1 (Huston). She has worked with the UN OCHA in their response to various humanitarian crises including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, and most recently in Nigeria where the effects of Boko Haram’s activities have resulted in famine in many areas. She will talk about her experiences working with the UN, and the challenges and importance of getting media attention for these crises, including how to develop a communications strategy and useful media skills. All welcome. Read more about Orla
Monday, 6 February 2017
Paul Webster Guest Lecture 9th Feb, 2:30pm Paul Webster is an award winning director from Navan, Co. Meath. He is a graduate of the MA in Production and Direction at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUIG). Paul was the winner of the Físín Pitching Award at the Dingle International Film Festival 2012 from which his film 'Stuama' received its funding. Paul directed the drama which won Best Irish Film at The Cork Underground Film Festival 2013. Paul went on to work in production for Element Pictures and later as script editor and writer on “Fair City”. Let Those Blues In, Paul’s documentary about Irish Blues musician, Paddy Smith, was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015 and it was chosen as the closing short film at The Craic Fest Irish Film Festival in New York, March 2016. Paul received a €35,000 production fund from Science Foundation Ireland and The Galway Film Centre as part of their Science On Screen documentary scheme. Also in 2016, Paul co-directed Borderland, a 26 documentary exploring the refugee crisis along Europe's Borders which will be screened during this guest session.
Monday, 30 January 2017
Thursday February 2nd, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA, the acclaimed follow-up feature to Tomm Moore's, The Secret of Kells; Will received an ANNIE AWARD nomination for his ‘Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature’. Will also wrote, MY BROTHERS, his award-winning live-action debut feature which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh 2010. Will won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script IFTA, 2015 & 2011. Will has also written for television. He has lectured in Screenwriting in NUIG and has worked as a Script Editor. Will graduated from the Huston School’s MA in Screenwriting in 2006.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Sport & Exercise Research Group Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar (First Wednesday of each month) “A New Ireland Rises”? Sport and the Remembering of 1916 Dr. Seán Crosson (Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway) Wednesday, February 1st, 1pm Moore Institute (GO10) NUI Galway All welcome Abstract: It is impossible to fully appreciate the forces that led to the Easter Rising of 1916, the Rising itself and moreover how the Rising has been remembered and commemorated, without a consideration of sport. Indeed, the Rising began against the backdrop of one of the highlights of the Irish sporting calendar, the Irish Grand National. This paper considers one of the largest and most viewed sporting commemorative events in 2016, the Laochra pageant organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and hosted at Croke Park stadium on Sunday April 24th, exactly one hundred years to the day after the first shots were fired in the Easter Rising. The GAA was a key force in defining Irish identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and it was one of the most active organisations in 2016 in evoking that period and commemorating events surrounding the Rising. I have included a question mark, however, in the title of this paper – taken from the title of the penultimate scene in the Laochra pageant - with regard to the new Ireland that is being configured through commemorative events such as Laochra, questioning both how ‘new’ these configurations actually are (given their indebtedness to older Irish iconography) and the problematic manner in which Irishness is being configured, particularly in terms of gender and militarism. Dr Seán Crosson Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media
Monday, 23 January 2017
Valediction: The Conditions of the University by Prof Rod Stoneman with an introduction by Prof Timothy Emlyn Jones Professor Rod Stoneman will deliver the lecture 'Valedication: The Conditions of the University' in Seminar Room GO10, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building, January 25th between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. For further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org An undergraduate in university in England during the 1970s, returning to tertiary education after work in the television and film industries with a university post in Ireland in 2003 – I offer this valedictory talk as a review of changing conditions of engagement: reflections on moments of rupture and continuity in a varied life of commitment, pleasure and “savage indignation”. As for Caravaggio’s luscious painting – the apprehension of the boy, the lizard’s bite, the realisation of the glass vase – I have never been able to explain to myself the relation between them. Professor Rod Stoneman
Monday, 23 January 2017
Huston School Guest Session; Leon Butler, Thursday January 26th, 2017, 2.30pm Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He graduated from Huston’s MA in Digital Media in 2009 and his final project animated film, Ghosts Before Dawn (2009), won the Gold Medal at the National Digital Media Awards. Since setting up his practice in 2010, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce the iconic Festival Poster in 2011. He has also worked with clients as diverse as Starbucks on their global holiday campaign, Druid Theatre on a promotional film for their iconic productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document his 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research interest areas include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography and in 2015 he completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016. Leon has recently completed a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny in their 72u program. In September 2016 he was appointed as a design innovation research fellow on the Techinnovate program at NUI Galway for 2016-17.
Friday, 20 January 2017
A big thank you to Huston School Alumnus Dearbhla Glynn for her fascinating presentation yesterday. Dearbhla spoke about her work in a presentation to students, staff and friends of the Huston School yesterday. For more information on the Huston School Guest lecture series, please see here. Check out Huston Schools Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Monday, 16 January 2017
Huston School Guest Session: Dearbhla Glynn, Thursday January 19th, 2017, 2.30pm Dearbhla Glynn is an award-winning artist, documentary filmmaker and teacher, specializing in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. Among her films are Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead (2010) which offered a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. Her 2013 feature film The Value of Women in The Congo documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. Film maker Kirsten Sheridan described the film as "a brave and delicately handled piece of war reportage. It is hard-hitting, while showing many sides of the story. It avoids sensationalism, while never shying away from the very difficult themes. It is an important, devastating piece of human rights documentary filmmaking”. Both films won Grand Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards. In this session at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Dearbhla will screen her films and discuss her process including the considerable challenges she has faced as a documentary filmmaker. Some of Dearbhla’s films can be found here: https://vimeo.com/dearbhlaglynn
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Huston School’s guest series continues in semester 2 in which a particular focus is put on returning graduates from our programmes who will share their experiences after leaving the school. Please note all sessions will be held on Thursdays at 2.30pm in Huston Main. Week 1: Editor JULIAN ULRICHSThursday January 12th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Julian Ulrichs Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB, NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction in 2008 (NUI, Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an Assistant Editor (BEGIN AGAIN, FOYLE'S WAR) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama LOVE/HATE (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film DESASTER (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include JACK TAYLOR: SHOT DOWN (2014), John Carney's critically acclaimed musical-dramedy SING STREET (2016), which had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and, the soon to be released, SANCTUARY (Dir. Len Collin, 2016) and AN KLONDIKE SERIES 2 (Dir. Daithi Keane, 2016). He is currently working on BLACK 47, Lance Daly's new film set during the Great Irish Famine.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Huston Guest series returns in Semester 2 with a focus on graduates who will share their experiences. Thursday January 12th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Julian Ulrichs Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB, NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction in 2008 (NUI, Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an Assistant Editor (BEGIN AGAIN, FOYLE'S WAR) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama LOVE/HATE (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film DESASTER (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include JACK TAYLOR: SHOT DOWN (2014), John Carney's critically acclaimed musical-dramedy SING STREET (2016), which had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and, the soon to be released, SANCTUARY (Dir. Len Collin, 2016) and AN KLONDIKE SERIES 2 (Dir. Daithi Keane, 2016). He is currently working on BLACK 47, Lance Daly's new film set during the Great Irish Famine. Thursday January 19th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Dearbhla Glynn Dearbhla Glynn is an award-winning artist, documentary filmmaker and teacher, specializing in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. Among her films are Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead (2010) which offered a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. Her 2013 feature film The Value of Women in The Congo documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. Film maker Kirsten Sheridan described the film as "a brave and delicately handled piece of war reportage. It is hard-hitting, while showing many sides of the story. It avoids sensationalism, while never shying away from the very difficult themes. It is an important, devastating piece of human rights documentary filmmaking”. Both films won Grand Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards. In this session at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Dearbhla will screen her films and discuss her process including the considerable challenges she has faced as a documentary filmmaker. Some of Dearbhla’s films can be found here: https://vimeo.com/dearbhlaglynn Thursday January 26th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Leon Butler Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He graduated from Huston’s MA in Digital Media in 2009 and his final project animated film, Ghosts Before Dawn (2009), won the Gold Medal at the National Digital Media Awards. Since setting up his practice in 2010, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce the iconic Festival Poster in 2011. He has also worked with clients as diverse as Starbucks on their global holiday campaign, Druid Theatre on a promotional film for their iconic productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document his 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research interest areas include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography and in 2015 he completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016. Leon has recently completed a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny in their 72u program. In September 2016 he was appointed as a design innovation research fellow on the Techinnovate program at NUI Galway for 2016-17. Thursday February 2nd, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Will Collins Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA, the acclaimed follow-up feature to Tomm Moore's, The Secret of Kells; Will received an ANNIE AWARD nomination for his ‘Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature’. Will also wrote, MY BROTHERS, his award-winning live-action debut feature which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh 2010. Will won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script IFTA, 2015 & 2011. Will has also written for television. He has lectured in Screenwriting in NUIG and has worked as a Script Editor. Will graduated from the Huston School’s MA in Screenwriting in 2006. Thursday February 9th, 2017, 2.30pm Huston Main Paul Webster Paul Webster is an award winning director from Navan, Co. Meath. He is a graduate of the MA in Production and Direction at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUIG). Paul was the winner of the Físín Pitching Award at the Dingle International Film Festival 2012 from which his film 'Stuama' received its funding. Paul directed the drama which won Best Irish Film at The Cork Underground Film Festival 2013. Paul went on to work in production for Element Pictures and later as script editor and writer on “Fair City”. Let Those Blues In, Paul’s documentary about Irish Blues musician, Paddy Smith, was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015 and it was chosen as the closing short film at The Craic Fest Irish Film Festival in New York, March 2016. Paul received a €35,000 production fund from Science Foundation Ireland and The Galway Film Centre as part of their Science On Screen documentary scheme. Also in 2016, Paul co-directed Borderland, a 26 documentary exploring the refugee crisis along Europe's Borders which will be screened during this guest session.
Monday, 7 November 2016
Niall McCann and Lost in France, Thursday November 10th, 2pm, Huston School of Film & Digital Media. Niall McCann is a filmmaker and writer living in Dublin and originally from Dundalk, Ireland. He is the writer director of a number of creative documentaries for both TV and cinema. His debut film, Art Will Save the World released in 2013 and screened at a number of film festivals around the world to critical acclaim. Later the same year he followed this with the BAI/ Setanta funded An Exiles Home in the Bronx about Irish Emigrants living in New York. He is a graduate of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media’s MA in Production and Direction. Niall writes a weekly culture article for The Dundalk Democrat as well as other publications like The Thin Air and Ragged Words. Niall will be speaking regarding his current work in progress, the documentary Lost In France, whichwill be released in the UK and Ireland by Artificial Eye Curzon in March 2017. The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 and the Galway Film Fleadh 2016. Lost In France explores the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the ‘90s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Featuring The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand, and other seminal acts, this is an intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music. On the journey, we re-visit a defining, chaotic trip early in the musicians’ careers – re-staging a concert in Brittany that connects the characters in life (and on stage) for the first time in many years.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Visitors from Trocairejoin us on 8th November with a screening of The Burning Question and Q&A to follow. 10.30 in Q1 at the Huston, all welcome!
Thursday, 20 October 2016
When: 1pm, Saturday 12th November Where: Theatre 1000, GMIT Main Campus, Dublin Road Tickets: Tickets cost €5. However, a number of places at no cost have been reserved for staff and students of the Huston. To reserve a place you must confirm your attendance to email@example.com by Friday 4th November. Galway UNESCO City of Film is delighted to welcome Oscar-nominated Director, Lenny Abrahamson, to Galway on Saturday 12th November. The event is in association with GMIT and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, with support from the BAI and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Lenny will take part in an interview about his work with Conn Holohan, Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. Lenny is one of Ireland’s most prolific directors and has directed some of Ireland’s best loved films including Adam and Paul and Garage. In 2016, Lenny was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for Room, the film, based on an adaptation of Emma O’Donoghue’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for Best Picture with lead actress, Brie Larson, winning the Best Actress Award. Galway City of Film is proud to welcome Lenny to Galway and we hope you can join us for a filmophile’s afternoon in November. #GalwayCityofFilm #CeantarScannán
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Screening of In Loving Memories5. 30 pm, Monday 24th OctoberHuston School NUI Galway This documentary film on the space of commemoration of theMagdalene Laundries will be followed by a Q&A with theCanadian filmmakerAdmission is free but please register by firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
2.00pm, Thursday 13th October, Huston School NUI Galway. We are delighted to welcome director and filmmaker Risteárd Ó Domhnaill for a screening of his feature-length, award winning , documentary Atlantic (c. 80mins) followed by a discussion and Q&A. 'Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return. Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, Atlantic brings to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate. It explores how modern day communities must learn from the past, in order to secure a brighter future.'http://www.theatlanticstream.com/
Friday, 23 September 2016
7.00 pm, Wednesday 28th September, Huston School NUI Galway. T H E D I S A S T E R A R T I S T: Inside The Room with Greg Sestero ADMISSION FREE - ALL WELCOME!! Greg is the co-star of cult film The Room (2003) and best-selling author of the The Disaster Artist, a memoir of his time as an aspiring actor in Hollywood and his bizarre friendship with Tommy Wiseau - the mysterious director of The Room (named the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) who claimed to be the next Marlon Brando. The Disaster Artist garnered critical acclaim and commercial success and was subsequently adapted into the film, The Masterpiece by actor/director James Franco starring Dave and James Franco as Greg and Tommy, and an A-List ensemble cast featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Stone, Bob Odenkirk, Hannibal Burress, Alison Brie, Zach Braff, Melanie Griffith, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver and many more. This special event at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media is a chance to see and hear Greg's amazing experiences with an exclusive behind the scenes Making of The Room documentary, Disaster Artist reading, Q+A and have the chance to participate in a live reading of scenes from the original script of The Room - and much more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9lC7IBJvI
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
On Sunday July 10, 2016 the 28th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close, following another outstanding year of Irish and international film premieres, screenings, workshops and discussions. The annual awards ceremony took place after the Fleadh’s annual Public Interview, in which renowned director Jim Sheridan regaled a packed Town Hall Theatre and graduates of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media were among the winners. Directed by Len Collin , MA Production & Direction 2013 , Sanctuary, the film adaptation of the acclaimed Blue Teapot play of the same name, won Best Feature award. Trailer available to view here. Janet Hayes, MA Screenwriting 2015 won the prestigious Pitching Award with Edges which has been opted by Hot Drop Films. Janet is the writer /creator of the recent Storyland entry ‘Quinn & O’Grady’ and is currently part of the ‘Fair City’ training scheme.
Friday, 23 September 2016
CONSTRAINED CREATIVITY: FILM MUSIC IN CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD Thursday, September 29th, 2:30 – 4pm Speaker: Dr. Mladen Milicevic, Loyola Marymount University School of Film, Los Angeles. This illustrated lecture explores contemporary practices of scoring in the ever more creatively and financially constrained domain of film music. Mladen Milicevic is a composer of experimental music, sound installation, and film music including The Room (2003)