173% Funded

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Target: €1300

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€2,250 Raised

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27 Funders

Dublin

Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8

By Deirdre Mulrooney

description

To celebrate 150 years of Canada, in July 2017, we aim to premiere this unique representation of Irish-Canadian experience via Paud Mulrooney's never seen Super 8 films and self-developed photographs of life on Cat Lake and Ogoki Post Reserves in the 70s and 80s, with his young family, (including the film-maker). Ogoki Post has come into international focus thanks to top Canadian band Tragically Hip's latest album 'Secret Path', the proceeds of which go to truth and reconciliation with Canada's First Nations. Paud Mulrooney was on this path decades ago, when he brought his wife and family to live with the Ojibway and Cree people, and ran the local schools there at a critical period of transition from the Residential school system to more enlightened native community-run schools, developing a new curriculum suited to native traditions and lifestyle. 'True North' reveals what drew Paud Mulrooney there - from Trinity College Dublin to an encounter with Vietnam War Draft Dodgers who were forming a film co-op when he arrived to Toronto in the 1960s.

In 2008 I made a BAI - funded radio documentary called ' Ogoki - Call of the Wild ' in which I brought my mother back to Ogoki Post where she taught the local school in the 70s and 80s, which was broadcast on Newstalk. In the meantime I found 2 bags of my Dad's lost Super 8 films shot there providing a rare glimpse into First Nations life in transition.  As part of my Dad's legacy I am keen to share these films to give an insight into the unique world they inhabited and were part of. Talented editor Aoife Carey (www.aoifecarey.com) is also part - Canadian and we have collaborated previously. Mella Travers of The Dark Room (www.darkroom.ie) is delighted to host the Premiere Screening in July 2017 to mark and celebrate Canada 150.

This Fund it campaign, if successful, will enable me to pay editor Aoife Carey for her work and input, and to help cover music costs on this unique documentary which I would like to share to celebrate 150 years of Canada at The Dark Room Dublin, as well as in future screenings internationally. This film is a celebration of the power of photography, Super 8s, Canada's First Nations Communities, and my Dad's unique connection with the native communities via his hunting, fishing, teaching, and time in North Ontario.

As there is a fairly tight time-frame in getting this film together on time for July 2017, on time to celebrate 150 years of Canada, through this unique Irish-Canadian story we hope you can come on board to help tell this story offering a rare glympse into the real life of First Nations People in North Ontario.

Thanks for perusing this project, which endeavours to offer a rare window into the life of Native Canadians via an Irish family who were fortunate enough to share their path in the 70s & 80s. 

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activity

First Edit Session with Editor Supremo Aoife Carey

Delighted to see that we are 69% funded! Thanks to all our kind supporters! We are getting there, let's keep the momentum going, just 31% to go... Thank-you all. It was great to have my first session with editor supremo Aoife Carey yesterday on "Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8". Pity I forgot to take a picture of us though! But you can imagine the general scene... Monitors, keyboards, notes, ideas, Super 8s, photographs, moves, transitions, sounds, music tracks, more notes, more ideas... The project is coming together nicely to celebrate Canada 150 next month...

Interview with Sebastian Stephenson on 92.5 Phoenix FM

It was great to get the opportunity to share the project today in an interview with Sebastian Stephenson of 92.5 Phoenix FM about the important story of "Irish-Canadian Adventures in Super 8" #CanadaDay film premiere celebrating #Canada150 at www.DarkRoom.ie and our Fundit Campaign - hope this helps us to reach our target :-) The interview is being broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 10.40am - 11am & repeats at 6pm. We are currently 47% funded by 11 fabulous funders, and hopefully the momentum over the next 6 days will carry us through! I started the first day of the edit today with Aoife Carey, and all is looking good. The Super 8s are dreamy, mesmeric even, transporting the viewer into another dimension "with comfort, dream, and memory to spare". Thanks for helping us get this show on the road! Would love to see your name there as a supporter if it's not there already :-)

funders (27)

There are 27 public funders of this project


There are 0 anonymous funders of this project