ARTzheimers (Short Film, March 2017)

"Losing my grandmother to Alzheimer's disease was a life-changing experience for me. I have dedicated the last twelve years of my life to researching different care models that focus primarily on social engagement. In 2012, I developed a method of care for Alzheimer's caregivers called 'The Five Senses for Alzheimers' which won me a place on Startup Next Ireland; a leading accelerator program supported by Google for Entrepreneurs. Over the last few years, I've realised that real change starts from the ground and grows organically. I'm happy to see some of the seeds I'm planting with ARTzheimer's finally sprouting and I'm even more excited about whats coming down the line for the exhibition." Eimear Farrell, curator ARTzheimers 2017 www.artzheimers.com


Cycle for LARCC  (Short Film, October 2016)

On a bright Saturday morning in October, over 200 cyclists roll through the gates of Longford Rugby Club. They pedal north, out the Sligo road and on until they reach Carrick-On-Shannon. And there they turn around and pedal back again. Seventy kilometres, not exactly a jaunt to the shops for bread.

Their effort was in support for the Considines. A family, like many others, as one cyclist Declan Kenny put it, 'who are the backbone of what makes this country a good place to live.' He is right of course and we should try to remember it.
There are a multitude of such stories. Every day. Across the land.
This short film is a nod to just one of them.

EMILY (Short Film, September 2016)

Emily explains the impact LARCC Cancer Support Sanctuary had when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. 

THE BREECHING MINKE (Short Film, June 2016)

Filmed over a day aboard 'Jessy' (Wild Atlantic Wildlife) sailing from Cape Clear out past the Fastnet off the west coast of Ireland . 

Ocean Yachtmaster and Zoologist Niall MacAllister had invited composer and musician Nico Brown and myself for a few days sailing. I brought my Panasonic GH4 camera along, Nico his squeezebox.

We were blessed with the most agreeable weather and a stunning array of wildlife including Common Dolphins, Minke Whales, Gannets (all seen here), Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Petrels, Guillemots and Gulls (all will feature elsewhere).

It is an incredible wilderness when seen on days like this. But you do need days like this.


TALES FROM A SANCTUARY CRUISE (Short Film Series, June 2016)

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) embarked on an awareness project in 2016 to celebrate 25 years of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Sanctuary. The 'IWDG Whale & Dolphin Sanctuary Cruise' started in Fenit, Co Kerry and took their flagship boat Celtic Mist clockwise around the coastline of Ireland. I scrambled aboard in Greencastle, Co Donegal (go visit) and spent a day with volounteers surveying for purpoise who live in the area.

This short film features retired doctor John Mark, typical of the people you meet when you hang about with the IWDG for a bit.


THE RETURN OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE (Film2004)

In the summer of 2002 off the Irish coastline marine biologist Dr Simon Berrow followed the movements of a lone humpback whale. 

It's presence was a surprise. Undocumented, they knew it was here to feed but beyond that little else. As the days turned short, the humpback moved on. 

Where did it go when it left. This is that story.

Narrated by: Pauline McGlynn

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