The cast and crew of a new independent film by Offaly-based filmmakers Mixed Bag Media are set to attend the Oscar Wilde Party in Hollywood, this Thursday 27th February, which celebrates the role of the Irish in film.
Invited to attend the pre-Oscars event by the US-Ireland Alliance, actors Gerard McCarthy (RTÉ’s The Fall, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks), Muireann Bird (RTÉ’s Rough Diamond; TV3’s Jack Taylor), and filmmakers Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly will be introducing their independently-produced film A Nightingale Falling to the Hollywood elite and the foreign press.
Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance and creator of The Oscar Wilde Party in Hollywood, said:
“We’re delighted that those involved with A Nightingale Falling will be walking our ‘green’ carpet this year. We’re looking forward to their first feature, and to screening it in Hollywood in June.”
Co-directed and produced by husband and wife team Martina McGlynn and Garret Daly, they have said:
“This is a huge honour. We were determined from the outset to make this film, and now here we are heading for Hollywood! What a start for our small movie.”
Made without the assistance of any state film support, this privately-backed film is now being touted as a miracle breakthrough indie movie. A Nightingale Falling tells the story of two sisters whose lives are changed forever when they decide to care for a wounded soldier during Ireland’s War of Independence.
“It’s a great Irish story from an important period in our history. I’m proud that we’ve delivered a high quality film and it’s a testament to all the artists and crew who all took a chance on a great drama,” said Garret Daly.
The film is based on the book of the same name by writer PJ Curtis from Co.Clare. With post-production almost completed on the picture the filmmakers will be returning to LA in June for a special industry screening that will see this independent film on the big screen in front of some key filmmaking executives.
Commenting on the forthcoming screening, the filmmakers said:
“We can’t wait! Who knows what will happen? And we’ll have some amazing news shortly about our music score and a wonderful international music artist who has joined this production to produce an original song for the movie. We’ve gone to war for independent filmmaking because we had to! The next step is to bring it to Irish and American audiences.”
A Nightingale Falling is due for a cinema release in Ireland later this year.
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