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#190 | Wrap Chat Achill Island Film Festival Special

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Join our hosts, Mark Monks and Paul Butler Lennox on today's bumper episode, sponsored by RamblingRover.ie @Ramblingrovercampervans 

Join us as we bring you the highlights from Achill Island Film Festival, an annual celebration of Film that takes place on the stunning island of Achill in Co. Mayo now in its second year.


Guests Include Tom Callahan from Chicago with his film, Good Fences and Belfast based filmmaker, Frankie Quinn.

Tom has contributed his cinematography and assistant editing to films and shows like UNAPOLOGETIC by Ashley O'Shay, and CITY SO REAL and AMERICA TO ME by Steve James, which have appeared at the Sundance Film Festival, STARZ, National Geographic, PBS POV, and Hulu. With great excitement, he recently premiered his short film GOOD FENCES? at Docs Ireland film festival 2022 and screened at the Achill Island Film Festival this May.

Frankie Quinn (b.1966) was born into the Short Strand/Ballymacarrett community where he still lives. He began taking photographs in 1982. He holds an MFA in photography from the University of Ulster and is currently Director of the Belfast Archive Project. Visit www.sensitivevisuals.com (Tom) www.frankiequinn.com (Frankie)

Adam and Skye Mann, with James Healy-Meaney. " A Guide to becoming an Elm Tree"Adam and Skye Mann are Irish film makers living abroad in Vancouver, Canada. In December 2021 they flew home to Ireland to shoot their debut feature film, A Guide to Becoming an Elm Tree. They wrote, directed and produced the film. Over the course of 2022 they edited the film along with the help of their sound editor, mixer and composer, Carlos Solares. In early 2023 the film has been submitted to film festivals across North America and Europe. The film is a true independent feature being completely self funded by Adam and Skye. James Healy-Meaney is a young, up and coming actor from Bray. James stars in this film in the lead in what is his debut feature film. James has worked in several TV shows and films across Canada and Ireland. Adam, Skye and James all met in Canada via the Film Network Ireland facebook group.


Actor and Intimacy Coach Sinead Cassidy Holt. Actor, Director, Intimacy Coordinator, Producer amongst many other things, Sinéad Cassidy Holt covers a lot of bases. After studying in both the Gaiety and Bow Street, Sinéad is also now flying across the pond to tackle the US and further study in NYC and tackle LA! Going from set to set in different roles, Sinéad tells us what’s it’s really like and shares her process for keeping on top of things and how as a newcomer she balances life as a young person and fitting in with the crazy life of the film industry.

Samuel Howard & Stanley Blundell, 'Ireland's Last Matchmaker’ Since creating and co-directing his own film festival in Manchester as a student, up and coming filmmaker Sam Howard has spent the last three years working for multi-award winning production company Erica Starling, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sam began working on programmes for BBC 2, 3 and BBC 4 as a researcher and assistant cameraman. His directorial debut 'Ireland's Last Matchmaker’ was funded by BFI and NI Screen, and recently won ‘Best Short Documentary’ at Docs Ireland Film Festival. He is currently producing 'Chinese Takeaway Kids', a feature-length observational documentary exploring the tradition, identity and culture of three generations of the Chinese community in Ireland. The project was one of six selected for IGNITE. The documentary development scheme is a joint initiative of Cork International Film Festival & Docs Ireland

Stanley Blundell is a nice camera man. He’s a fake, wannabe Irish-man living n working out of London. (His words not ours!!!) www.ericastarling.com

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