Loopline Film has launched a new You Tube Channel to highlight some of fantastic archive films in our 20 year archive. You can watch ‘Dublin Inner City Folklore’ featuring Terry Fagan, a tribute to the poet Louis MacNeice epic poem ‘Autumn Journal’, or catch New York avant-garde artists, McDermott and McGough exploring old time photographic techniques. We will be adding films on a constant basis so please subscribe and you will receive updates. Here is a taster!
The acclaimed documentary ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ was released in Irish cinemas on the 15th June 2012 by Element Films. It is now available on Amazon UK and can be streamed on Volta in Ireland. Since its Premier at the Cork Film Festival , the film has been wowing audiences in Boston, LA, Toronto, and John Ford’s hometown, Portland Maine. The success of the film was acknowledged when The American Institute honoured the documentary in its ‘Best of Europe Season’ while ‘Culture Ireland’ showcased it in MoMa in New York.
About the Film
In the film, Maureen O’Hara, the last surviving member of the cast, is joined by such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Sheridan and John Wayne’s daughter Aissa. The dreamlike landscape of the West of Ireland where ‘The Quiet Man’ was shot, becomes the backdrop for this revealing portrait of Ford’s return to his own mythical ‘Innisfree’. Extraordinary and never before seen home movie footage of the cast and crew in Ashford Castle contributes to the family-like atmosphere that the film was shot in. Narration is by Gabriel Byrne and the music score is created by Ger Kiely and Paddy Moloney of ‘The Chieftains‘. The film weaves all these elements together to deliver a powerful insight into John Ford’s most personal film.
Dan Ford – Sé Merry Doyle – Peter Bogdanovicz
‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ had its Dublin premier on the 9th of June during the IFTA ‘John Ford Symposium’. The screening was attended by Peter Bogdanovich, Dan Ford, and Ford’s biographer, Joseph McBride. To cap off all this good news ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’ was given a gala screening on May 25th at the John Wayne birthday celebrations in his hometown, Iowa. The director Sé Merry Doyle is now planning with Element Film to distribute the film in America and to create a one hour TV special. To learn more about this film go to John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man
Muintir na Mara Final episode Sunday 29th April 9:30 PM
Pádraig O Duinnín’s journey began in Cork six series ago. Tonight we see him complete his odyssey in Donegal. In this final episode Pádraig goes to Downings Micheál Ó Dochartaigh st the seaside village currach club. He takes danger in his stride as he rows in his Naomhóg around the notoriously windy Malin Head.
He ends his journey with a well deserved rest at the Culmore regatta on the Derry border. The series was funded by RTE for TG4 and although it was regularly in the top ten rating, the cut backs in RTE meant it had to leave the airwaves. Loopline Film would like to thank all those who watched and in particular we hope that Pádraig will find a new vehicle that will bring him back to our screens in the future. Thank you Pádraig for bringing us on an unforgettable journey.
“Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien” has been selected for a special screening at the Disorient Film Festival in Oregon on the 28th April. Tule Lake, Northern California, just cross the state line of Oregon, is where the 9 year old Jimmy and his family were interned for 4 years as a result of Japans attack on Pearl Harbor. Although Jimmy went on to great success as an Animation filmmaker with classics like “Snowman” and “When the Wind Blows” he never recovered from his childhood ordeal. Jimmy turned his back on America and has been living with his family in Ireland for the last forty years.
In “Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien” he confronts his past by joining the annual pilgrimage to Tule Lake alongside other survivors and their children. Jimmy created a special series of painting for the film that capture his childhood memories of the camp. One of the high points of the film is when the paintings comes to life in animation and create a haunting backdrop to Jimmy’s quest to make sense of the injustice that was directed at the Japanese American citizens. The film also features an interview with Jimmy’s brother James T. Murakami who also works in the movie business, most notably as a Production Designer with Clint Eastwood. The film was acclaimed at it premier in the Dublin Film Festival and won “Directors Choice Award” at the Sacramento Film Festival.