Darklight Festival and Abel Kavanagh launch Fund it campaign to discover what it really means to be Irish
After winning the coveted ‘Spirit of Darklight’ award at Darklight Festival 2011 for his documentary ‘Laberinto Verde’, Director Abel Kavanagh has teamed up with Darklight Festival to produce his new documentary, ‘Éireannach?’ which explores Abel’s sense of nationality, as an Irish citizen of Spanish origin living in France.
Abel and Darklight are currently crowdfunding the project online through Fund it (http://www.fundit.ie/project/eireannachirish) and from as little as €30 funders can get and Early Bird ticket to Darklight 2012 plus a digital copy of Abel’s award winning film ‘Laberinto Verde’ and a DVD copy of the Darklight Compendium.
There are lots of other exciting and usual rewards on offer such as a walking tour and turf cutting lesson from Abel’s father in Wicklow, the chance to be in the finished film, or a private screening with Abel and the Darklight Team in attendance. Money raised through Fund It will go towards larger costs for production of this documentary i.e travel, accommodation, equipment rental and post-production.
Darklight Festival have said:
‘We are delighted to support Abel’s Fund It campaign for his new project ‘Éireannach?’ We hope that you can get behind the project and lend whatever support you can. You get an Early Bird ticket to Darklight 2012 in the process, so its win-win!’
Following Abel to three countries, the documentary will begin in France. From there he will travel to New York, to Dublin, to his Father’s home in Wicklow, and finally to the border area of Ulster. Using different aesthetic approaches according to the situation, Abel will play on the contrasts between the tourist clichés of what it means to be Irish, and the contemplative poetry naturally provided by the green landscapes across the country.
Director Abel Kavanagh has said:
‘This year, as I prepare all the administrative paperwork to obtain French-dual citizenship, I’ve started to wonder what being Irish really means to me. This led me to explore my identity as an Irish person. What does it mean to an Irish person living in Ireland? Or to those living abroad? I hope this project will help me find answers to these questions.’