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Short Film Roundup: 'Good Doctor', Venom, Newport & 'Cemetary People'
23 Apr 2009 :
i-Wire Films in conjunction with Warrior Films and Real Ideas Studio have wrapped production on the short film 'The Good Doctor' in Dublin. Venom Film’s Antidote teams up with Pfizer & The Chronic Pain Association for post on three shorts shot by award winning directors; Irish titles will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival and ‘The Cemetery People’, was recently selected for San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival.

‘The Good Doctor’ is short film written by Rick Larkin (Satellites and Meteorites) stars David Kelly (Waking Ned), Mark Huberman (Band of Brothers) and Natalia Kostrezewa. The film tells the true story of a Nazi concentration camp doctor who escaped Germany after World War II and lived under an assumed name. As he nears the end of his life, he decides to reveal the truth to his only son.

The film was shot by JJ Rolfe on a new RED camera platform provided by The Production Depot. Dave Leahy from Warrior Films and Jim Kenney from Los Angeles based Real Ideas Studio co-produced the film with writer Rick Larkin helming. Post-production will be handled directly by i-Wire Films on their new digital suite which has been specifically designed for post work on RED originated content.

The film was made as part of the Real Ideas microgrant program and will screen, together with other films in the program, at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18th, 2009.

Venom Film’s commercial wing, Antidote, in conjunction with The Association of Chronic Pain and Pfizer, are in post-production on three short films, shot to campaign for the awareness of Neuropathic Pain (NeP) in Ireland. Neuropathic pain is estimated to affect 120,000 people in Ireland, and is widely misdiagnosed or under treated.

Launched in early March by Jim Sheridan, “Reeling in the Pain”, asked sufferers of NeP to submit their story about living with this condition. Three submissions were then chosen and three IFTA nominated short filmmakers set about treating the stories.

The award-winning directors included, Colm Quinn, director of ‘No Regrets in the West’, Vanessa Gildea of the highly successful ‘The White Dress’ and Darren Thornton, of ‘Frankie’, winner of the Best Short Award at the 21st European Film Academy Film Awards.

Colm headed to Donegal where he incorporated the Time Lapse photography of Aidan Maguire together with imagery from cinematographer Kate McCullough (Hibernation) to produce a visually poetic impression of a NeP sufferer’s isolation.

Vanessa worked alongside cinematographer Paddy Jordan, using a creative documentary approach to explore “the beast” that is Neuropathic Pain.

Darren enlisted the camera and lighting skills of Ruairi O’Brien (Five Minutes from Heaven) to deliver a dramatic interpretation of a man’s search for an inner peace.

The end results will be seen at a special screening in The Light House Cinema in early May.

Brown Bag Films animated short ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’, directed by IFTA winner Nicky Phelan, will kick off the opening night of Newport Beach Film Festival in California on Thursday 23rd April. The short will screens with the Opening Night Gala film ‘Lymelife’. Conor Ferguson’s short ‘The Wednesdays’ - produced by Park Films - will also screen during the festival as well as the feature length surfing doc ‘Waveriders’ and Ian Fitzgibbon’s ‘A Film With Me In It’.

The short documentary, ‘The Cemetery People’, was recently selected to appear in the 7th Annual San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival, from the 23rd-30th of April. Produced in Ireland and shot in the slums of Manila, Philippines, the film gains access to the unimaginable world of Navotas Cemetery, where thousands of families live, sleep and even play among the graves.

‘The Cemetery People’ was produced by the charity, The Children's Relief Fund (CRF), which helps street children in Manila. It features music by Kila, and was directed and edited by Alessandro Molatore, produced by Genny Carraro and Johanna Budzilowicz, with camera by Luca Rocchini.

The short doc is screening at 23:30 on April 26th.

The Cemetery People is also set to screen at an Italian festival in July, Salento Finibus Terrae and for the Filipino International Film Festival in Los Angeles in October.

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