(Photo: Bye Bye Now)
The award winning Irish shorts Crossing Salween, Bye Bye Now and Pentecost have all taken the festival circuit by storm and LA audiences will now get a chance to see them when they screen in the Laemmle Theater in LA next week.
Brian O’Malley’s beautiful short film Crossing Salween follows a young girl making the journey through the Burmese jungle to the Salween River and the safety of Thailand beyond and was shot entirely in Thailand. It was officially selected for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Generation 14Plus competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
Bye, Bye Now which was co-directed and co-produced by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan. Since premiering at the Corona Cork Film Festival in 2009 where it picked up the Audience Award for Best Irish Short film, it has gone on to scoop Audience Awards at the IFI Stranger than Fiction Festival in Dublin and the AFI Silverdocs Festival in the U.S as well as accolades including Best Short at the Edinburgh International Documentary Festival, Best Short Documentary at the Dallas VideoFest, Best Editing at the DocUtah Documentary Film Festival and received a Special Mention at the San Francisco Irish Film Festival.
Peter McDonald’s light hearted film Pentecost tells the story of a young altar boy who is forced to serve at an important mass and has to make a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life…. football. The IFTA-nominated short, was officially selected for the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and picked up the Best Irish Short Film at the Corona Cork Film Festival last year.
Bye Bye Now, Crossing Salween and Pentecost will screen in the Laemmle Theater in LA on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th August.
More About CROSSING SALWEEN
Written and produced by Gary Moore for Red Rage Films, as part of the Bord Scannán na hEireann/the Irish Film Board’s Signatures short film scheme, Crossing Salween also received a Special Mention in the Best Irish Short Film category when it premiered at the Corona Cork Film Festival last year.
More About BYE BYE NOW
Bye, Bye Now is a poignant documentary which follows the proposed removal of a number of phoneboxes from around the country which sparked many fond memories in the lives of the rural communities. In a loving tribute through a series of interviews and live footage, this charming film acknowledges how the phonebox has gone from the centre of Irish life to the verge of extinction with the advent of modern technology.
The film was produced by True Films and was financed through Reality Bites, the IFB short documentary scheme.
More About PENTECOST
Pentecost was produced by Eimear O’Kane for EMU Productions. It was funded by the IFB Signatures scheme which focuses on the making of live-action, fiction films that aim to encourage strong, original storytelling, visual flair and production values appropriate to the big screen.