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Awards Season

February 19, 2010

Colony has been nominated for a prestigous IFTA, the Irish Oscar. The ceremony takes place tomorrow night and while we’ve got our fingers crossed for red carpet glory we’re facing some stiff competition, with Ken Wardrop’s ‘His&Hers‘ firmly installed as the hot favorite, coming fresh from it’s incredible success at the Sundance film festival.

We’re yet to glimpse the film but knowing Ken’s previous excursions in the short form with ‘Undressing My Mother’ and ‘Useless Dog’ I imagine it will be both a charming and unique piece of filmmaking.

Best of luck to all, including fellow nominees Alan Gilsenan¬† for ‘The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy’ and Neil McKay for ‘The Bass Player: A Song for Dad’.

Press Junket

February 13, 2010

Ahead of our appearance at the Dublin Film Festival, team Colony has been busy doing the Irish press circuit with mercurial  wordsmith Eoin Butler staying sober long enough to complete this interview for The Irish Times. Over on the airwaves meanwhile, former rock god Tom Dunne took the time to do this piece for Newstalk 106.

Thanks to all concerned for spreading the word…

Colony Festival Screenings

February 12, 2010

We are delighted to announce some upcoming festival screenings for our documentary Colony. February brings us the privilege of two festival outings for our honeybee odyssey.

February 23rd is our Irish premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. While the film is all set in the US, director Ross McDonnell and producers Macdara Kelleher and Morgan Bushe are native Dubliners, making this something of a homecoming party for the film, which is also funded by the Irish Film Board.

Only days after ‘JDIFF’ we will be heading to Columbia, Missouri for the True/False Film Fest with director Carter Gunn making the trans-Atlantic running to share his honeybee knowledge with audiences on two continents. While Columbia, Missouri may not seem like a likely destination for a film festival, True/False has managed to secure some gems in it’s program this year, including Sundance Grand Prize winner Restrepo and Lin Xin Fan’s highly praised Last Train Home among other heavy hitting documentaries. Kudos to programmer Paul Sturtz for his enthusiasm and energy.

Hope to see you there!