In this podcast in partnership with the Galway Film Fleadh, Gemma Creagh talks to Steven McKenna, Writer & Director and Jaro Waldeck DOP of Dreamtown, which is screening at this year’s festival (9-14 July 2024).

An aging rocker who never realised his dreams is forced to come to terms with his failures as he tries to start a relationship with his estranged son. A coming of age drama in the mind of a 56 year old.

Dreamtown screens at Galway Film Fleadh 2024 on Saturday 13th July at 2pm


Steven McKennaSteven McKenna

Steven McKenna is an award-winning filmmaker based in Dublin, Ireland. Since graduating from college, he has been crafting his own films, earning numerous accolades at festivals nationwide. His debut feature film, Dreamtown, which he wrote, produced, and directed, will premiere at the prestigious 36th Galway Film Festival. His recent short films, Rum & Raisin and The Work Party, have won him Best Irish Short and Best Comedy awards, respectively, while his other works have garnered multiple nominations. Another short film, Lover Boy, became an online sensation, amassing over a million views. Steven‘s passion for film shines through in his creation of compelling, larger-than-life characters whose tragic stories resonate deeply with audiences and leave a lasting impression. An avid movie collector, he brings a rich understanding of cinema to his work. In addition to writing and directing, Steven has composed music for all his films and has been sought after for other projects. Notably, he composed the entire score for the indie feature Follow The Dead.

JaroJaro Waldeck

Jaro earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago and Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts Prague (FAMU), respectively.
Her main body of work consists of low budget short live-action films as well as music videos and longer form documentaries. In 2023, Jaro transitioned into features, having worked on the Screen Ireland funded documentary Housewife of the Year and independent drama Dreamtown.

Podcsat: Jaro Waldeck, Cinematographer

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