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This work was on show as part of the New Wave Exhibition and the Canon of the 21st Century Artist’s Book Research project, at UWE, Bristol, UK.

Much of my work over the last 2 decades has been conscious of the quantum scientific correlation between written and spoken words, thoughts, music and images and their ability to “imprint” each of us at a molecular level. The resonance of great music played for centuries on a magnificent instrument (a Stradivarius, for example) can be revealed in the very molecular structure of that instrument. If we literally imprint each other with our intentions, words, images and actions, then we have an unimaginable power to effect positive change in the well-being of all around us.

This text from Plato’s Socratic Dialogues clearly shows that this understanding is not new:
“He said the soul was treated with certain charms, my dear Charmides, and that these charms were beautiful words”.

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station, 2007

Incantation and Intonation: iHeal Meditation Station 2007

Video iPod® custom engraved with blessings, seven monotypes in oil digitally transferred to the device, and accompanied by spoken blessings and a passage from Charmides in the Socratic Dialogues.
Voices: Dr. Dennis Glew (Greek), Sonya Zahm (Spanish), Clothilde Peters (German), Dr. David Tormey (Irish), Justin Knecht (English)

Artists’ Books

Just published:

A Manifesto for the Book, Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden, with an edited selection of interviews, essays, abtree diagrams and case studies from the project What will be the canon for the artist’s book in the 21st Century?
Published by Impact Press at The Centre for Fine Print Research,University of the West of England, Bristol, February 2010

ISBN 978-1-906501-04-4
Free download here

Included in this book is the following interview with me, conducted by curator Tom Sowden as part of the Canon for the 21st Century Artist’s Illustrated Books AHRC Research project and the “New Wave” Exhibition at UWE, September 2009. It was published in the Artist’s Book Yearbook 2010 – 2011, September 2009, Impact Press, UWE Bristol, and online in February 2010, as a case study in the final Canon of the 21st Century Publication. The interview is the most complete overview of my work in Artists’ Books.

Above and below: Spirit and Sense of an April Fool L. Vandegrift Davala, 1984. Fourteen oil monotypes, gold leaf, letterpress on Arches, paper binding, slipcase. 23 1/2 X 19 1/2 X 1 3/4 “ (Collection: National Library of Ireland)

Above and below: Spirit and Sense of an April Fool L. Vandegrift Davala, 1984. Fourteen oil monotypes, gold leaf, letterpress on Arches, paper binding, slipcase. 23 1/2 X 19 1/2 X 1 3/4 “ (Collection: National Library of Ireland)

Spirit and Sense of an April Fool 1984Spirit and Sense of an April Fool 1984

L. Vandegrift Davala – is an artist based in County Sligo, Ireland, who works across a number of disciplines. Her recent work has utilised interactive digital technologies in the production of book works.



Last year 800 to 1000 people collaborated with the SLIGLOW team of artists for Sligo’s Culture Night , making SLIGLOW the Sunday Independant’s pick for Culture Night 2009! It was wonderful to hear from so many of you that you enjoyed that evening – so this year (2010) we’ve got a brand new challenge:  a team of artists and light writers will collaborate with people of all ages to “light write” (also called “light graffiti” or “light painting”). Using lights, glowsticks and movement we will all make pure light trails while cameras film them and then project each light work onto the city. Each creation will be unique – and a wonderful chance to light up Culture Night 2010.

SLIGLOW2 2010 Poster

We’d like to say a special thanks to our generous sponsors: The Glasshouse, for this spectacular venue, Acorn Blue for their contribution to poster printing, DJGNET!C for the evening’s music, and to the Sligo Arts Service for our operating grant. See you there!


A site-specific, collaborative event will happen at the Glasshouse Hotel overlooking the Garavogue River. The event will take place on the View Bar level, and on the outside of the Glasshouse, facing the river at ground level; presented by artists Tinka Bechert, Lisa Vandegrift Davala and Vanya Lambrecht Ward, but created by YOU.

Inspired by the glass clad architecture, and its spectacular views over the city, this will be held as part of Culture Night Sligo, open to the public; encouraging families and children to participate in the creation of a site-specific work of art, in collaboration with a team of professional artists from the Sligo area.

The event will consist of drawing on glass; making slides to use in projections onto the glass; and using glow sticks (that can be bent and connected to each other) forming light sculptures; creating installations and imagery on the inside and outside of the massive windows that overlook the city. As the evening progresses, the inscribed, projected, and glowing works will be seen from around the city and reflected onto participants as well as the surrounding cityscape.

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This celebration of creativity in Sligo will also feature live music by Mood Indigo featuring Yvonne Cunningham on vocals and special guests.

Music and ART making kicks off at 7 pm. At 10 pm the venue’s lights go out for a final view of the light sculpture. It’s time to SLIGLOW !!!

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo, for their provision of the beautiful venue, and to Caitriona Cavanagh at the Glasshouse, who helped in so many ways to make this happen. Also sponsoring this event are Mood Indigo featuring Yvonne Cunningham, providing the fantastic live music during the evening and Acorn Blue Printing, providing the printing of our event posters. Thanks also to Easons in Sligo and McTiernans Mace in Ballygawley for materials donations. The presenters want give a special thanks to Justin Knecht for his digital magic and to the volunteer artists and facilitators who are supporting this event.

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Paint, Light, Lens

Paint, Light, Lens

After making OM & Etc., I kept fooling around with all the components of the pictures along with a pile of other tests of brush painting on archival film, with gold leaf, paint and paper. I walked around this pile for months, kept coming back to it, picking up bits. I could see the “pile” as an object to be exhibited inside a clear perspex box.

I love the idea of a brush-painted calligraphic mark as a beautiful “thing” in itself. This has been a life-long love, (also expressed during the years I painted Irish shop front signs). The more I played with the bits of paint, the more “parts” each bit played, like characters in multiple scenes over a period of time.  It’s a challenge for me to categorise this work as it’s composed in the camera lens, of paint, space, light and time (objects were falling randomly toward the lens – I kept moving to find them). The particular time of day, reflections on the clear film, the space around each mark, and the forms created by the brush marks, through light, over paper – all combined in the lens, becoming part of the work.

Looking at Velazquez

Mariana of Austria

There are artists that command life-long love and respect, Velazquez has mine. Economy of stroke evolved to a dazzling depth of expression in his hands. Each mark encompassed form, function, expression, narrative, psychology, time, and place. No replication, no waste, no sentimentality. Everything we know now about fractals and holograms can be seen in the most minute passage of his painting. (Have a look at the lace collar in his portrait of Jaun de Pareja at the Met, NY).

In 2003 I had the first opportunity to visit the Velazquez pictures in Madrid’s Prado Museum, and made these drawings.

The oil study of Philip IV was one of a few I have attempted over the years. Velazquez made dozens.

“…For Peace Comes Dropping Slow…” film

We broke new ground technically with this film. “…For Peace…” is the first film in which light writing was captured in a moving film lens rather than solely by a still camera or “painted on” in post production. None of the gorgeous moving effects were added later, and almost all were captured via the RED Cine camera by Cian de Buitléar, DP, (Saving Private Ryan, The Boxer) and Declan King, camera operator, (Saving Private Ryan), after extensive experimentation. Great job everyone!

July, 2011 “…for peace comes dropping slow…”

Film Still, Parke’s Castle: Cian de Buitléar D.O.P.

Arrived in the US with an Official Selection for our US premiere of “…for peace…” on the 16th of July 2011, at the Stephen J. Buck Theatre,  for the New Hope International Film Festival. In the field of 89 international films in the festival, we were voted second place overall. The film received a really warm reception, and the Nomination for Best Short, we also topped the on-line “audience buzz” Festival Genius poll during the film festival! Have a look at the trailer here:

“…for peace…” was selected in competition at The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork 26-29th May 2011, where we were Honourable Mention Best Experimental Film!

The film was selected for screening in competition (and Nominated Best Irish Short) in the Oscar-affilated Foyle Film Festival 2010, where it screened in late November.

The film’s official Irish Premiere was at the Gaiety Cinema, Sligo, on October 22nd, 2010 public screening.

Visit the film’s website for screenings, awards, cast and crew and production stills.

Laurels for For Peace Comes Dropping Slow

August, 2010

“…for peace comes dropping slow…” is completed! I want to thank everyone who participated in this production. Each person involved made an essential contribution. Our production team was a “dream team” including Cian de Buitléar (Saving Private Ryan, Blow Dry, The Boxer), our cinematographer; and Tony Kearns, (Radiohead), our film editor, with Darren Carr providing documentary and stills photography. Our film’s soundtrack was graced by the legendary vocals and fiddle of Seamie O’Dowd.  Production manager Tara Lewis and assistants Letty Hill and Arlo Liddy were indispensable. The main light writing was performed by Laura Brennan, (An Diabhal ag an Damhsa); Sinead Hawkins, (The Tudors, and The Wexford Light Opera Company), Noelle Keilty, Avril Lahiff, Tara Lewis, Aodan O’Connor, Kathryn Reynolds, Lorcan Strain, (One Last Petal, One Last Flame, with the Irish Chamber Orchestra); Arlo Liddy, all  young performing arts professionals who traveled from all over Ireland to take part. Local children and participants from Sligo took part in the film including Dualtagh, Bronagh and Aoibhin Holmes and Justin and Gabriel Knecht. The final scene was filmed with over 70 participants, many of whom were from the Yeatsian Legacy and Omagh’s Peace III programmes, as well as Sligo Peace and Reconciliation. Thank you to all who participated!

Photo Credit: Darren Carr

A busy schedule of screenings is being confirmed beginning in September, which are posted shortly. We look forward to seeing you then.

March 2010, Land Of Heart’s Desire

Thank you to the Sligo County Council Arts Office for the initial Development Bursary that I received for “…for peace comes dropping slow…” during 2009, and for the funding from the European Union Regional Developement Fund, Peace lll, Environment,Heritage, and Local Government Percent for Art, and Sligo Arts Service, in 2010. Really appreciated!

I have always loved the the crest used by Sligo. The wording refers to William Butler Yeats’ first performed play by the same name in which one of his young characters says:

“… and their Land of Heart’s Desire,
Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,
But joy is wisdom, Time an endless song”



11 September 2010 // 12pm // Strule Arts Centre Cinema, Omagh, Northern  Ireland // Sneak Preview

24 September 2010 // 7 – 10pm // The Glasshouse, Ground floor, Culture Night Sligo, Ireland // Sneak Preview

22 October 2010 // 5:30pm // Gaiety Cinema Sligo Live Festival, Sligo, Ireland // Irish Premiere

06 November 2010 // 12 noon // Gaiety Cinema Sligo

26 November 2010 // 9:00pm // 23rd International Foyle Film Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland // Nominated Best Irish Short // Festival Programme, // U.K. Premiere

7 May 2011 // 3pm// Saturday: ‘Irish Film Institute Shorts@The Model’ // The Model, Home of the Niland Collection // The Mall, Sligo // free public screening

26-29 May 2011 // The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival // Honourable Mention, Best Experimental Film // Schull, Co. Cork

16 July 2011 // 11am // “Official Selection” and Nominated Best Short,  New Hope Film Festival, New Hope, PA, USA // Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theatre // U.S. Premiere

12 August 2011 // 9:30 pm // 13 August 20011 // 2-5 pm // Benefit screenings for “Reflections on Freedom”, Preda Foundation, Open Heart House, Dublin, Ireland // Invited audience, Philippine Ambassador Ariel Abadilla and Philippine Consul General Hyayceelyn Quintana

1 May 2012 // 8pm // Signal Film Fest Shortlist Showcase and Awards // Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre // Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland

13 June 2012 // 3PM // Yeats Birthday Celebrations // Black Box Theatre, The Model // Sligo, Ireland

30 August 2012 // International Film Festival For Peace, Inspiration an Equality // Honourable Mention International Short Film // Blitzmegaplex Cinema // Grand Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia // Asian Premiere

14 July 2013 // Galway Film Fleadh // Nomination for Best 1 minute film, (for trailer), 30 Minute Film Fest // Galway, Ireland

Press for the film “…for peace comes dropping slow…”

Press Releases

Foyle Press Release (Word Doc)


Log Line (Word Doc)
Short Synopsis (Word Doc)



Photos for Download

Download Carrane Hill Light Writers image (JPG, 1692 x 954, 1.2MB).

Download Lightwriters at Parke’s Castle (JPG, 1692 x 949, 1.3MB).

Download Letter R at Culleenamore Strand (JPG, 1697 x 947, 1.5MB).

Download Peace at Carrane Hill (JPG, 2174 x 1222, 1.5MB).

Download ‘For’ at Carrane Hill (JPG, 3030 x 2020, 3.2MB).

Download Director at Parke’s Castle (JPG, 4288 x 2848, 3.1MB)

Download Movie Poster (PNG, 2384 x 1683, 3.7MB)

Biographies for the production team for “…for peace comes dropping slow…”

Lisa Vandegrift DavalaBios

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LISA VANDEGRIFT DAVALA   DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, STORY, FILM SCORE http://lvandegriftdavala.com LISA VANDEGRIFT DAVALA began her career as a mural painter, architectural restorer and sign writer,and has been a life-long musician. She was given the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Architecture and Design by Irish President Patrick Hillery. As a visual artist, she exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and Europe including Gimpel Fils London, Ducal Palace Leningrad, and The Berman Museum of Art (12-year retrospective exhibition). Since the 1980’s the major part of her attention has been given to the relationship between the marks we make and their ability to be containers of our human spirit. She has referred to this phenomenon as “The Calligraphy of the Spirit”. Her film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” is a celebration of this idea, bringing a human presence to a meaningful space, and inscribing it with the line and mark of poetic light.

During 2009 she completed a 50 minute documentary film entitled “The Ballinagare Initiative, A Design Thinking Challenge”, with students in Roscommon, Ireland. Over the last decade her work has moved closer to film, moving image and light art. The work increased in both scale and technological breadth to include a projected, larger-than-life, movable book room and a work designed for the iPod. She completed the second “SLIGLOW”, 2010, a live, filmed, public light event, and is presently working on a new feature documentary.

Lisa was the recipient of the Vira Heinz Award, Pittsburgh; First Prize, Fenderesky Open Exhibition, Belfast Northern Ireland; and The Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, New York. Her works are in the permanent collection of MoMA, The Crayola Museum, The Berman Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Library of Ireland and The Boyle Civic Collection, Ireland. Her film “…for peace comes dropping slow…” was nominated for “Best Irish Short” at the 23rd Foyle International Film Festival, 2010, was awarded “Honorable Mention Best Experimental film”, Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, 2011 and has received an “Official Selection”, and the Nomination for Best Short, and was the Festival Genius Audience Buzz Winner at the New Hope International Film Festival in the U.S., 2011.


2013  Nominated, 30 Minute Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Ireland

2012  Nomination for TV3 Broadcast, Signal Shortlist Shortfest, Dublin, Ireland

2012  Hon. Mention Best Intl. Short, Intl. Film Festival for Peace, Jakarta, Indonesia

2011  Hon. Mention, Best Experimental Film, Corona Fastnet Film Festival, Cork, Ireland

2011  Nominated Best Short & winner Festival Genius Audience Buzz, New Hope, Film Fest. US

2011 “…for peace comes dropping slow…” IFI Shorts @ The Model, May 7, Sligo, Ireland, The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival, May 29, Schull, Ireland, and the New Hope Film Festival, July 16, PA, USA

2010 “…for peace comes dropping slow…” Screened in competition: Best Irish Short, 23rd Foyle International Film Festival, Derry, NI, November 26, 2010

2010 “…for peace comes dropping slow…” Premiere, Gaiety Cinema, Sligo, Ireland 22 October, additional screening November 6, 2010.

2010 “…for peace comes dropping slow…” Sneak preview Culture Night Sligo, 24, September
and Strule Arts Centre Cinema, Omagh, NI, September 11, 2010.

2010 “SLIGLOW2, Glasshouse, Culture Night Ireland, Site-specific (filmed and photographed) installation Co-Created with Darren Carr, Justin Knecht, Tara Lewis and 800-1000 participants, Sligo, Ireland.

2009  “SLIGLOW, Glasshouse, Culture Night Ireland, Site-specific installation (filmed and photographed) assisted by Tinka Bechert, Vanya Lambrecht Ward and co-created with 800-1000 participants, Sligo, Ireland. Best Culture Night Ireland event pick,  2009, irishindependant.ie

2003    Celestial Circus The Crayola Factory Museum, Easton, PA, USA, Permanent Installation

1996    Shaking The Tree: L. Vandegrift Davala and Studio, Berman Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

1991-92    L. Vandegrift Davala, Alleluias of Love: Selected Works 1979-1991, 12-year retrospective, Berman Museum of Art, Philadelphia, touring to Rathbone Gallery, Albany, NY, Lycoming College Gallery, PA,


2009-10    New Wave, Canon of the 21st Century, Artist’s Illustrated Books, (    invited) UWE, UK

2009    Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition, (invited) King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

2007    HEAL, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

2006-09    Sitting Room, touring to Alsager Gallery, MMU Manchester, Permanent Gallery, Brighton, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, UWE Bristol, Enschede Academy of Visual Arts, The Netherlands, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, K Gallery, Almeida, CA, Universidad Autonoma Metropolotana, Mexico City, Martha Hellion Artist Book Center, Mexico City

2003    Manifestations/Form & Function, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC, NY,

2002    Figurative Works 2002, Montgomery Armory Center, W. Palm Beach, FL, US, juror, Olga Viso (Hirshhorn Museum)

2002    AONE USA Silvermine, New Canaan, CT, USA, juror Ann Temkin, (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

2001-02    7th Wexford International Artist’s Book Exhibition, Wexford Arts Centre, touring Cork and    Derry, Ireland

1998    Agart World Print Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (three works)

1992    2UP, First Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, USA

1993    Harmonious Markings, Calligraphy and the Book, Kamin Gallery, University of Penna., Philadelphia, PA, USA

1991     Gimpel Fils, London, UK

1990    Flower, exhibition to benefit persons with AIDS, (invited), Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy, NY, USA,

1989    Oireachtas, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

1989    12th Claremorris Exhibition, Claremorris Art Gallery, Co. Mayo, Ireland, selected by Brian Fallon

1988     Oireachtas, Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

1987     S.A.D.E., Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

1987    Fenderesky Art Gallery Open Exhibition Competition, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1987    10th Claremorris  St. Coleman’s College, Co. Mayo, selector Henry Meyric Hughes (British Council)

1987    Self Portraits Exhibition, Irish Visual Arts Foundation, (invited), Project Arts Center, Dublin

1986    Independent Artists Exhibition, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin, Ireland

1984-87Contemporary American Prints, (invited), Ducal Palace, Leningrad, USSR

1984    Gimpel Fils, London, UK, (nine works)


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

MoMA, Franklin Furnace Collection, NYC, USA

The Crayola Factory Museum, Easton, PA, USA

National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Boyle Civic Art Collection, King House Gallery & Museum, Roscommon, Ireland

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Private collections in England, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Malaysia, Spain, and USA


2010     Public Art Film Commission Sligo Arts Service, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government Per Cent For Art Scheme.

2009     Film Artist’s Grant, Sligo County Council Arts Office, Sligo, Ireland

2008/09  Film Artist-in-Residency, Roscommon, Ireland

2003    Commission, The Crayola Factory Museum at Three Rivers Landing, Easton, PA, USA

1991     Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, NYC, USA

1987    First Prize, Fenderesky Art Gallery Open Exhibition, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1984    Outstanding Contribution to Architecture and Design, presented by Irish President Dr. Patrick Hillery

1972    Vira I. Heinz Award for travel and Study


Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Hons.), Painting

Apprenticed to American painter Richard Callner, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Attended École de Mime Potash, Montpellier, France

Attended the Aegean School of Fine Arts, Paros, Cyclades, Greece


Visual Artists Ireland, IVARO, IAA U.N.E.S.C.O., Tax Exemption for Artists, Ireland; Archives on Women Artists, National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Cian de Buitléar, Director of Photography http://www.ciandebuitlear.com/showreel.html Twenty years experience as director of photography (D.O.P) Started film making with his father Eamon making natural history films for BBC, National Geographic, RTE, TG4.Worked on series such as “Wildlife on One” and “The Natural World” with  David Attenborough. In recent years have worked mainly on feature films, commercials and documentaries.


Director of Photography (D.O.P) on all underwater sequences on ” Saving Private Ryan” Camera Operator on main unit
Director – Steven Spielberg.
Academy Award Winner – Oscar Best Photography.
Director of Photography (D.O.P) – “Man about Dog”
Director Paddy Breathnach 2003/2004
(Highest grossing Irish Film 2004)
Nominated Best Photography IFTA.
Director of Photography (D.O.P) – “I Went Down”
Director Paddy Breathnach
Winner of Best Cinematography Irish Film and Television Academy 2000.
Director of Photography (D.O.P) – “Blowdry” Miramax
Producer Sydney Pollack 2001.
2nd Unit + Aerial Director of Photography – “The Boxer”
Director Jim Sheridan.
2nd Unit Director of Photography – ” Dancing at Lughnasa”
Director Pat O’ Connor
Hundreds of Commercial credits including
Coca Cola, Toyota, Vodafone, Tennants, Guinness, Heineken, Hennessey, Ballygowan, National Lottery, Eircom, ESAT, Meteor, VHI, Carolans, Baileys etc.
Killnaskully 2 with Pat Shortt
Filmed the successful series “Seven Ages” for Seán Ó Mórdha/RTÉ
Luke Kelly, Brian Friel, Ferndale, Dan Dan Dad and Me, (General Risteard Mulcahy), True Lives /RTÉ
Wild Islands ITV/Channel 4
A life in the Wild Éamon de Buitléar/RTÉ
Freedom Highway, Sruth Na Maoile, Sé mo laoch, Caipíní, Hummingbird/RTÉ/TG4
The Islandman – feature length documentary on the last sailing skipper in Connemara.
“Na Saora Bád” – 3 X DVD’s and Handbooks including construction plans
TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Foras na Gaeige, National Museum of Ireland. Published 2005

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TONY KEARNS   Editor +353 86 381 7551 thecolonel@tonykearns.com Show reels: http://www.tonykearns.com/ 1984 to 1989     Assistant online editor at Visions Ltd and 625 Ltd, London. 1989 to present Freelance offline editor working in Ireland and abroad. SHORT FILMS Wet Work (UK: 1999)         Director:     John Hardwick Producer:     Derrin Schlesinger for Activate Screwback (Ireland: 2005)        Director:     Brian O’Malley
Producer:     Paul Holmes for Red Rage Films
BAFTA/LA Award (Honourable Mention), Aspen Film Shortsfest 2005

Last Night (Ireland: 2006)        Director:    Conor Morrissey
Producer:     Jackie Larkin for Newgrange Pictures
One of 12 finalists out of 500 entries from 39 countries, Manhattan Short Film Festival 2006

Archaeology (UK: 2010)        Directors:     Phil Sansom & Olly Williams
Producers:    Phil Tidy & Claire Neate-James
For HSI Productions London
Commissioned by UK Film Council

Crossing Salween    (Ireland: 2010)    Director:     Brian O’Malley
Producer:     Gary Moore for Red Rage Films
Commissioned by Irish Film Board: in post production July August 2010

Charlie Casanova    (Ireland: 2010)    Director & producer: Terry McMahon
In post production July & August 2010


Music Week Creative And Design Awards (CADS) Best Editor
Winner     1997 ‘Breathe’ Artist: Prodigy. Director: Walter Stern
Nominated     1998     Orbital ‘The Saint’ Director: John Hardwick
2000     Apollo 440 ‘Stop The Rock’ Director David Slade
2006     The Chemical Brothers ‘Believe’ Directors: Dom & Nic
Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Electronica Video
Also D&AD Global Awards 2006 awarded in-book status

MTV US Awards:
2003 Best Video Viewer’s Choice
Coldplay ‘The Scientist’
Director: Jamie Thraves

1996 Best Group & Best Breakthrough Video
Prodigy ‘Breathe’
Director: Walter Stern Prodigy

MTV Europe Awards:
2005 Best Video
The Chemical Brothers ‘Believe’
Directors: Dom & Nic

2001 Best Video
The Avalanches ‘Since I Left You’
Directors: Blue Source

1996 Best Video US MVPA Awards
Radiohead ‘Just’
Director: Jamie Thrave


Florida Anti Tobacco Project  ‘Focus On The Positive’
Gold Lion Cannes 2002
Director: Pedro Romhanyi at Outsider   Agency: Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Miami.

IKEA ‘Freedom’
Silver Lion Cannes 2006 Bronze Sharks Awards Kinsale 2006 Bronze Eurobest 2005
Director: Sebastian Strasser @radical.media London
Agency: Robert/Boisen & Like Minded, Copenhagen.

BT ‘Burst Pipe’
Bronze Clio 2003 for Technique: Animation-Computer
Winner British Television Craft Awards 2003, Best Live Action Special Effects
Bronze IPA Advertising Effectiveness Awards 2004
Director: Garth Jennings at Hammer & Tongs   Agency: St. Luke’s

Playstation ‘Mental Wealth’
Silver D+AD awards for special effects 2000
Director: Chris Cunningham at Black Dog/RSA   Agency: TBWA

Darren Carr

Darren Carr: Stills and Documentary Stills Photographer dakar@ireland.com Darren Carr’s photographs are often created in technically challenging conditions, using available light and unusual approaches with surprising results. He was the lead photographer for the Culture Night Ireland event: SLIGLOW, in 2009 (http://lvandegriftdavala.com/2009/12/sliglow-pics/), and will again be behind both the still and video cameras at SLIGLOW in 2009 (http://lvandegriftdavala.com/2009/12/sliglow-pics/), and will again be behind both the still and video cameras at SLIGLOW 2, Culture Night, 2010. Darren has exhibited extensively in Ireland including the Dublin Camera Club, 2009 and the Volvo Ocean Race/Lookwest.ie Photography Exhibition, Galway and Dublin, 2009. He is the author and photogragher of Fortyfest: The book, 2009.

Seamie O’Dowd

Seamie O’Dowd: Vocal and fiddle composition and performance Seamie is steeped in the musical traditions of South County Sligo, Ireland. His mother Shiela is a highly respected musician and teacher, and his father Joe, was renowned as a fiddle player among musicians and music lovers worldwide. Immersing himself in the extremely vibrant local rock and alternative music scene that existed in Sligo in the mid to late 1980s as an electric guitarist, Seamie’s first rock band, “Peel The Grape” gained national airplay and local notoriety before breaking up in the late ‘80s.

After a spell playing mainly around the northwest of Ireland, a few friends who had established a band called “Dervish” which had become one of Ireland’s major musical exports approached him. They asked him to join and toured worldwide playing to some of the biggest audiences that any band of any genre has ever played to. Seamie devised a new tuning for guitar and, along with Brian Mc Donagh and Michael Holmes, created a three-way rhythm section that became a hallmark of the band’s sound for the next six years. The line-up recorded two award-winning albums “Midsummer’s Night” and “Spirit”

While still with Dervish, Seamie was introduced to Mairtin O’Connor, arguably Ireland’s most innovative accordion player to date, for what was initially planned as a one off performance, but out of this grew a working relationship that has lasted for nearly a decade. He was actively involved in the making of two of Mairtin’s albums,” The Road West” and “Rain of Light”, both of which received critical acclaim. The response to Seamie’s playing on these albums (in particular,” The Road West”) coupled with numerous performances with various line ups of Mairtin’s band (most recently, the pared down, extremely popular line up of Mairtin, Cathal Hayden and Seamie) have served as confirmation that he can musically hold his own with the very best.

He was also enlisted by Leitrim born, Galway based traditional singer Mary Mac Partlan to work as musical director/arranger for the P.J. Curtis produced “Holland Handkerchief” album. This album received hugely positive reviewing by the music press, including being selected as “Mojo Magazine” album of the month. Mary was also nominated for Best Folk Act award at Ireland’s “Meteor” music awards gathering.

The album also attracted interest in Seamie’s arrangements from other bands and musicians and resulted in a move into album production. Seamie’s by now considerable experience of studio work coupled with his approach of bringing a project as far as he can without divorcing it from the musician/band’s core vision or basic musical instincts have proved to contribute to a positive working environment for those he works with, and to date, any album produced by him has been positively received by both critics and music lovers.

His first solo CD, “Headful Of Echoes” has received critical acclaim and airplay in Ireland, The U.K, mainland Europe and the U.S. and he has been asked frequently about the follow up album, which he is currently gathering and writing material for.

The last while has also seen Seamie working with a number of other renowned musicians including renowned flute player Matt Molloy, piping legend Liam O’Flynn, Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham, song writing legend Thom Moore and many others, including a significant contribution to two tracks on the latest Dervish album,”Travelling Show.” He is also involved in an Irish/American music exploration project with Dervish singer Cathy Jordan and Sligo based American harmonica virtuoso Rick Epping. Rick and Seamie have also worked with bodhran (Irish drum) pioneer, Johnnie “Ringo” Mc Donagh on the reformation of his renowned traditional group “Arcady”.


THE CAST: Laura Brennan has acted from a young age and has trained in acting and directing. She appeared in the Irish Television (TG4) documentary ‘An Diabhal ag an Damhsa’, 2009. Sinead Hawkins has been involved in drama from the age of five and was part of numerous performances with the Wexford Pantomime Society. She was an extra for both the TV3 2009 series ‘The Tudors’, and the RTÉ television docudrama ‘Stardust’ 2006. Sinead is also an accomplished singer and member of the Wexford Light Opera Society.

Noelle Kielty began her career acting in a number of productions for Roscommon Youth Theatre, and the Breffni Players. She appeared in a number of short film sketches including Macbeth with The Galway Film Company and The Quinapulus Players.  Noelle also featured in ‘Siblings Squabbles’ the radio drama on ROS Radio FM.

Avril Lahiff has been a member of Leitrim-based street theatre group Drumshambles, for the last six years. She has co-written and performed puppet shows with Aón Sceal Puppet Theatre since 2008. Avril has won awards for her stagecraft and design of The Breffni Players 2009 production, ‘By The Bog Of Cats’, and is currently designing and stage-managing for Andy Crook’s upcoming show ‘Wish I Were’, for the Absolute Fringe festival in Dublin.

Tara Lewis has directed and choreographed carnivals and events including St Patrick’s Festival Dublin. As a Latin Percussionist she specialized in Cuban music with One Voice Music, Manchester. She was the director of the Sligo, Ireland-based percussion ensemble Samboeire for two years and drum technician for the Buena Vista Social Club, Irish tour 2008. During the 2009 production of Tom Murphy’s ‘The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant’ at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, she was costume assistant to Joan O’Clery.

Arlo Liddy was involved with The Breffni Players in 2010, as a stage op and is currently a member of Drumshambles, a street performance group, performing in a wide range of venues including the up-coming Electric Picnic 2010.

Aodan O’Connor has had 16 years of stage acting experience, and continues his training in performing arts at IT Sligo.

Kathryn Reynolds has acting and directing credits for a number of college theatre and Sligo Drama Society productions. She has a chorus role in Andrew Flynn’s ‘Tarry Flynn’ at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, 2010 and a small role in Stephen P. Kenny’s upcoming feature film ‘Blood, Sweat and Wars’. She will play Lady Capulet in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Galway’s NUIG Theatre and Blue in ‘Yellow Square’ at the Electric Picnic

Lorcan Strain has a background in voice, acting and movement theatre, with 11 years dance training. He has appeared in numerous dance productions and drama workshops, and has had lead roles in many productions including with The Letterkenny Musical Society. In 2007 he performed as part of the production ‘One Last Petal, One Last Flame’ with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

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