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Novena - A Short Documentary Film

Anna Rodgers | Louth

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This project was funded!

rewards for funding this project:

€10 +

A thank you on a our facebook and twitter for helping make an independent LGBT film happen. We will send you a postcard of our film thanking you too - we appreciate your help!

€20 +

A DVD of our previous film Hold on Tight as well as a beautiful image from the film by photographer Dragana Jurisic. A thank you on a our facebook and twitter for helping make an independent LGBT film happen. We will send you a postcard of our film thanking you too - we appreciate your help!

€30 +

A DVD of this film NOVENA when it is complete. We will also send you a Hold on Tight DVD, beautiful images from the film by photographer Dragana Jurisic. A thank you on a our facebook and twitter for helping make an independent LGBT film happen. We will send you a postcard of our film thanking you too - we appreciate your help to get this far.

€50 +

Did you see the series Growing up Gay? Well now you can have a copy of the two part documentary on DVD. We will also send you Novena, Hold on Tight and a poster beautifully designed and featuring photography by Dragana Jurisic. We'll thank you in our credits too for being such a generous funder.

€85 +

Would you like to come celebrate the completion of this film at a screening and wine reception in Dublin? We will send you an invite, and you will get a DVD upon arrival. You also get our everlasting gratitude for being such a generous donor and a thank you in our credits. You've really helped make this film a possibility.

€100 +

We'd love you to join us at our Dublin screening and wine reception. We'll also send you DVDs of Growing up Gay, Hold on Tight and this film Novena. You'll get a series of beautiful images by Dragana Jurisic of LGBT couples, as well as a poster. We will personally thank you in our credits and online too for being such a big supporter of independent film.

€150 +

A license to show this film at your festival, event or community screening. We will also send you postcards, posters and a DVD to show the film. If you need another format we can do that too (returnable). T&C apply. Contact us! We would love to hear from you and you could have premiere status depending where and when!

€200 +

Hugh Rodgers will design YOUR film poster. Check out his work on www.hughrodgers.com Some T&C apply but contact us - we'd love to hear from you. We will also send you a DVD of Novena & Hold on Tight, and will thank you personally online and in our credits.

€400 +

A world, all media, non exclusive license to use up to 5 minutes of Hugh Rodgers original music in your short film. Hugh wrote the beautiful score for Hold on Tight and many other RTE productions or independent short films. T&C apply - contact us! We will also send you copies of Novena, Hold on Tight and Growing up Gay. A thank you in our credits for helping make this film possible.

€850 +

Hugh Rodgers will compose an original piece of music for your short film. T&C apply. We will also invite you to our wine reception screening, and send you DVDs of Novena, Hold on Tight, and Growing up Gay as well as thank you in our credits.

€1000 +

For this major investment in the film we will give you an associate producer credit, as well as make you a special guest at our Dublin screening and wine reception. You truly are a supporter of independent film - thank you for making this happen and helping get this story out there.

€1200 +

We will come and film your civil partnership event, edit it and give you a dvd to share those lasting memories. We will capture your beautiful day documentary style. We will also invite you to our screening and wine reception, as well as provide you with DVDs of our previous productions. We would love to hear from you! Some T&C apply but let us know your plans. Ireland only.

a project by:
Anna Rodgers

Novena is a short film about a rare event, which was made with generous assistance from people who felt the moment should documented. However, it has received no funding, and we need you to help us finish it. We've made numerous LGBT films and projects over the years, but in order to get this one out there to an audience, we need your support.

Novena captures a groundbreaking event in Ireland and is the only record of an unusual speech made during a Novena mass. St. Joseph's Redemptorist church in Dundalk host a Novena every year, and it is the biggest festival of faith in Ireland. During this particular Novena, the director of the event Fr. Michael Cusack, decided to make the theme “The courage to be yourself” inspired by a mother in his church, whose gay son felt rejected by the Catholic community. Fr. Cusack reached out to members of the LGBT community, Kay Ferriter and Stephen Vaughan, inviting them to address the congregation about their experiences of being gay and lesbian in Ireland and feeling excluded by Catholic doctrine. Knowing his community to be a welcoming one, he hoped that the outcome would be positive. Novena documents the powerful speech that was made that day and the aspirations of one priest for a more inclusive church.

When we heard about this event, we felt that it had to be documented despite not having funding or production company behind us. Sundance award winner Kate Mc Cullough and Eleanor Bowman filmed it for us, and captured the event beautifully. Our talented editor Pat Hodgins cut a version of the film and we showed it as a work in progress, both times winning an award - Best Short Documentary at Kerry Film Festival in 2013 and Spirit of the Festival (Irish shorts, joint winner) at GAZE 2013.


We're so close to completing this film and have offers to screen it widely in 2014, but we cannot screen it again without the funding to pay for essential post production and music clearances.

Our previous films have won numerous national and international awards. Anna filmed and produced the award winning RTE series Growing up Gay with director Aoife Kelleher, and together they co-wrote and directed Stand Up, the anti homophobic bullying ad for BeLonG To which was viewed by 1.4 million on YouTube, shared on Upworthy and tweeted about by Stephen Fry! As director, Anna Rodgers went on to make the short film Hold on Tight about Gay and Lesbian public displays of affection which was funded by GAZE/ Absolut, screened at over 50 festivals worldwide, was highly commended at Iris Prize, won a Radharc award and second prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards 2012.

We feel it's so important that this film, Novena, is seen to the same extent and to ensure the efforts that Stephen, Kay, and Fr. Cusack made that day aren't lost. Thank you so much for your support. Director/ Producer Anna Rodgers & Producer/ Editor Hugh Rodgers

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