Rolling between villages and towns in rural Ireland for nine months of the year, Circus Gerbola becomes a place outside the ordinary world, a place centered around the shy but exuberant clown, eccentric but generous husband and the loving father of three children: Mikey Gerbola.
I'm Dieter Auner, a freelance film maker and photographer living in Galway for the past twenty years. CIRCUS ON THE ROAD is my third feature documentary film supported by the Irish Film Board and my first documentary project entirely based in Ireland. After five years between conception and completion our previous documentary film entitled OFF THE BEATEN TRACK has become a major success winning international prizes and screening in cinemas around France and Germany. I believe there is scope and hope for creative documentaries, but they need a few important ingredients: a dose of motivation, a good story, captivating characters, enough time and of course an adequate budget.
CIRCUS ON THE ROAD is a project I've been fully engaged with for the past two and half years, and together with a creative team of film makers we managed to find most of the important ingredients. After a successful development, production and editing period, we are close to deliver a great story full of twists and turns, with memorable characters from the circus world. But before we can finalize the editing and deliver the project, we need all your help and support to be able to pay for the online editing, the sound editing and sound mix, color grading, music clearance and deliverables. We need to raise at least €11,000 to cover the post-production to get the film ready for its festival release. Finding the funding is been a constant challenge, but working on this circus film has thought me that with true involvement, perseverance and believe it is possible to accomplish though tasks.
The Gerbola family, their lovely children, the crew and artists have nourished and pushed our film in ways that are almost indescribable. 'Cicus on The Road' is primarily a drama: a drama with a strong emotional strain, a drama of a family fueled with affection. The story of Mikey the clown and his everyday routine, is the story of a humble soul torn between success and failure, elation and despair, fortune and disaster. In short, the documentary about the Gerbola's can be an inspiration for many of us and therefore is must be told. You got my word on that.
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