Film “…For Peace Comes Dropping Slow…”

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.

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

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”