1 May. 2013

Clean Coasts Week -10th May to 17th May

Thanks to the hard work from An Taisce and the Clean Coasts Officer for the North West, as a series of beach clean ups will be happening along our coasts from 10th May to 17th May for Clean Coasts Clean-up week. For anyone who would like to get involved in this great initiative, there will be free screenings in The Model Cinema on 12th May at 6pm and this will be a chance to connect with a beach clean-up group in your area.

As part of this initiative, The Model Cinema is screening North of the Sun, a film about two Norwegian surfers, who make their way to an isolated island within the Arctic Circle to live for nine months; where they build a shack and surf the freezing waters, and although within this stark landscapes, there are pristine beaches, rubbish and waste products are still being washed in from the sea. The two surfers decide to clean the beaches during their stay.

Included in this screening will be three recent short films on surfing and bodyboarding. These films were recently screened at the ‘Shore Shots Irish Surf Film Festival’ in Dublin and included are James Skerrit’s short film on Sligo body boarder, Shane Meehan, titled A Man Named Shane. Peter Clyne’s film, North of Nowhere, starring local body boarder Seamus McGoldrick, with great footage of the night sky over Sligo bay and Marion Poizeau’s film about Easkey Britton’s journey to Iran, Surfing in Iran which shows Easkey as the first woman to surf in this country. Easkey and Marion are currently running a fundit campaign to raise monies to continue this journey and make this into a full length documentary.

Drinks will be served on the night and all that attend will be entered into a raffle.

16 Apr. 2013

Free screenings from the IFI Irish Film Archive

During the month of May, there will be a series of free lunch-time screenings from the archival Collection of the Irish Film Institute and this is to celebrate Ireland’s Presidency of the EU (until June 2013). The IFI Archive presents a collection of short films exploring impressions of Ireland and Europe in film and this programme is titled, Euro-Paeans: Celebrating Ireland and Europe in Film and it includes a rare chance to see some of the first films made in Ireland from 1897 by the pioneering French company Les frères Lumière.

The footage from Les fréres Lumiére give a tantalising glimpse of nineteenth century Ireland and include scenes of Dublin’s O’Connell Street (then Sackville Street) and firemen’s manoeuvres in Grafton Street. These are some of the oldest films preserved in the IFI Irish Film Archive. Also screening is a selection from the Amharc Éireann newsreels, which include an exhibition of photographs from the ‘then’ newly constructed Berlin Wall in 1962; the first Aer Lingus Winter sunshine flight to Malaga in 1963; a Scandinavian Ceremony of Light; and an exchange programme for French and Irish school children.

Other highlights of the programme include The Saints Went Marching Out (1967) which celebrates the spread of Irish missionary activity in Europe and revisits Ireland, as a vibrant young country in Ireland’s Presidency of the E.E.C in 1979. Tribulations Irlandaises is a whirlwind tour of Ireland by a French film crew in 1965, which notes the people’s pious adherence to the Catholic Church under Eamon de Valera and Sean Lemass.
Finally the last shorts on the programme are two beautiful films set in small Irish schools, one from the Danish documentary-maker, Jon Bang Carlsen, which follows his son’s experience as a visitor in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare in My Irish Diary from 1996 and Michael Ryan’s recent short film The Polish School.

Sunday, 12 May at 1.30pm
Free screenings from the IFI touring programme. Films of les frères Lumière (1897) Selection of Amharc Éireann newsreels (1960s)
Irland und seine Kinder (1961)
Tribulations Irlandaises (1965)
(Total running time – 57 minutes.)

Sunday, 19th May at 1.30pm
Free screenings from the IFI touring programme. The Saints Went Marching Out (1967). Ireland’s Presidency of the E.E.C (1979). My Irish Diary (1996). The Polish School (2012).
(Total running time – 77 minutes.)

15 Apr. 2013

The Action School of Film: Summer Camp

In the first two weeks of July, the Action School of Film, will hold a Summer Camp at The Model. There will be a range of workshops and activities in the art of filmmaking and this Summer Camp is designed to help you learn about filmmaking in a fun way. There certainly will be plenty of opportunities to unleash your imagination.

With Action School of Film, you will get to produce short films and experience many elements of making movies, including: Scriptwriting, Directing, Acting, Cameras, Sound, Lighting, Set Design, Makeup, Wardrobe, Soundtrack Composition and much more.

Keep an eye on The Model’s website for booking details and also check the website of the Action School of Film for a look at award-winning films made by the students of the school.

Films made by students have travelled the world and been awarded prestigious honours both at home and abroad, including the ‘Golden Clip’ (1st place) at the Berlin International Youth Film Festival 2010; ‘Best Group Film’ at the Fresh Film Festival, 2010 and 2011; Second Place in the United Nations PERL film competition and inclusion in UN conferences on Sustainable Living (2011) and Official Selection for such international festivals as the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (2010 & 2011) and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2011).

10 Apr. 2013

'Grow Happy'- Screenings for Bealtaine

‘Grow Happy,’ couldn’t say it better myself. This is the theme for this year’s Bealtaine. The artist, John Butler Yeats, wrote that, ‘Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing or that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.’ Bealtaine is a reminder to us that, no matter what our age, we always have the potential for growth. So in the spirit of this sentiment, The Model have programmed a full and fun programme of events from dance classes, artist’s talks, tours and film screenings. You can download the 2013 Bealtaine newspaper here

On the 1st May at 11am, we are opening the festival with a screening of, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. This is the perfect film for Bealtaine and definitely fits in with its theme, ‘Grow Happy.’ A group of retired ladies and gentlemen travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Although when arrive, they find that the hotel is less luxurious than its advertisements! But the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to work its charm on the new guests in unexpected ways. Coffees and teas will be provided before the screening, so come early.

On May 2nd at 1pm, there will be a screening of the newly released You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras Mon Fils). This is a gripping drama set in the glorious vineyards of St. Emillion, Bordeaux. Starring Niels Arestrup (A Prophet), who plays distinguished vintner, Paul de Marseul, reaching the end of his career and concerned about his successor. It’s a film of many pleasures, particularly the fine performances from its talented cast.

One of the absolute highlights of the festival will be the screening of four documentaries from the Irish made and filmed Hands series, which were made by the talented husband and wife team, David and Sally Shaw-Smith. This series of documentaries were made in the 1970s and 1980s and documents a way of life in Ireland, which even then, was disappearing. These amazing documentaries focus on the traditional crafts and lifestyles, where the emphasis was on the skills of human hands rather than on machines.

These will be free screenings and the two screenings from the series Hands on the 18th May at 5pm are: Hands 30 – Rushwork, which is based in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and shows the the harvesting of rushes on Lough Ree, curing and making traditional rush baskets and other items. The other documentary screened on 18 May is Hands 36 – Of Bees & Bee Skeps and this was the winner of the Golden Harp for Ireland and is in now part of the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is an arresting and moving documentary and records the traditional work of bee-keeping from making a straw skep to catching a swarm, and extracting honey. The Model are delighted that the filmmakers, David and Sally Shaw-Smith will be attendance for this very special screening.

The two screenings from the Hands series on May 25th at 5pm are Hands 29 – Currachs and Hands 13 – Chairmaker John Surlis. Currachs shows Ireland’s prehistoric skin boats and their regional variations, their use and construction, including the rare Co. Donegal paddled currach. Hands 13 – Chairmaker John Surlis – features, the making of ‘the Leitrim Chair,’ a rustic slab and stick chair using a cleft Ash, the drawknife and the cooper’s mare.

4 Apr. 2013

A season of film

An eclectic programme of new releases, both national and international, are winging their way to The Model Cinema, with titles such as the Oscar nominated No, Pablo Larraín’s film about Chilean democracy, which film critic Peter Bradshaw describes as ‘simple and direct, heartfelt and involving.’ Larraín director of the quirky Tony Manero(2008) uses an unusual televisual style to stitch together some amazing archival footage with his contemporary work. Starring the ever photogenic, Gael García Bernal, as a cynical hotshot advertising exec, who is devising a campaign for the ‘No’ vote again General Pinochet.

Good Vibrations had a raucous Sligo première for the North West Film Fest in November, 2012. Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, Good Vibrations is an uplifting, inspiring story that is about as feelgood as they come. The film’s protagonist, the irrepressible Terri Hooley sums it up best in the movie, ‘When it comes to punk, New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!’ Lisa Barros D’Sa, co-director of Hooley’s big screen biopic, puts it quite succinctly, ‘A one-eyed anarchist hippy from Belfast who in the darkest days of the Troubles decides to open a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations.’ Good Vibrations has been an instant hit with the reviewers with Mark Kermode describing it as a ‘an absolute humdinger, thrumming with the spirit of Belfast punk’.

Also screening in The Model Cinema is the new release from Francois Ozon (Potiche, 2011, Swimming Pool 2003) In The House, which is a dark, smart and incredibly sharp comedic thriller, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Fabrice Luchini. Luchini plays a world-weary teacher who becomes strangely obsessed with the writings of one of his students, who in turn has insinuated himself into house of a middle class couple.
With the film shifting between reality and fiction – the director, Ozon, has admitted to being one pretty twisted individual, which in turn makes for interesting viewing for the film-goer.

A starry cast are certainly slumming it in Lee Daniels (Precious) The Paperboy, includes Mathew McConaughey, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Macy Gray and Zac Effron. ‘Deep fried Florida gothic,’ is how film critic Mark Kermode describes it, with John Cusack, as a deathrow inmate, who guts alligators for a living- nice. While Zac Effron languishes around for the most part in his underwear, nursing an unrequited desire for Nicole Kidman’s character. There is a jaw-dropping scene of a sexual nature, although astonishingly with no touching involved, between Nicole Kidman and John Cusack. The film critic, Peter Bradshaw gives a great description of this movie, ‘this is an undrained swamp of fear, black comedy and desire: nasty, sexy, funny – with a great period soundtrack and so humid that any screen showing it is liable to get microscopically pebble dashed with droplets of sweat.’ Although Cannes turned its nose up at this future cult classic – this film should come with a precautionary warning for audiences, ‘watch out for the jellyfish!’ (you’ll know what I mean, when you see it).

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4 Apr. 2013

Foodie Films in The Model Cinema

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a delightful documentary about Jiro Ono, the 86-year-old owner of a triple-Michelin starred 10-seater sushi bar, which is tucked into a corner of an underground station in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo. Jiro is one of the most famous chefs in Japan. His painstakingly crafted morsels of fish and rice glisten like wet jewels, as sensual as anything served up in other famous foodie films such as Babette’s Feast (1987) or Chocolat (2000). Albeit perfection has a price, as a dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro costs in the region of €250 and at least a three-month wait for a seat. We see Jiro’s 50‑year-old eldest son and heir-in-waiting, Yoshikazu, selecting the very best seafood at dawn from the tanks of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market whilst the apprentice chefs are diligently eviscerating eels and massaging octopi in the kitchen. A Japanese food critic sheds further light on the promotion structure: ‘After about 10 years, he lets you cook the eggs.’ Complete foodie porn.

The Model Cinema is screening a film, as part of the SÓ Sligo Food Festival in May; the new French release,You Will be My Son, which is set in the beautiful wine country of Saint Émilion and acutely portrays the French wine growing world in this classic, complex and gripping human drama.
Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) plays distinguished vintner Paul de Marseul, reaching the end of his career and concerned about his successor, his right hand man who is been diagnosed with cancer, whilst he feels he can’t leave his precious vineyard in the hands of his reserved son, Martin (Lorant Deutsch), who he bullies mercilessly.
The director, Gilles Legrand decided to research this film by combining his two favourite things, cinema and wine. The result was You Will be My Son and Legrand spent almost a year driving round French vineyards, of Burgundy and Bordeaux – talking and tasting. Nice job if you can get it.

Panoramic shots sweep along the long rows of vines with their fruit ripening in the summer sun, and the camera hovers around the ancient buildings of the Clos Fourtet Estate, formerly part of a military fort used to defend the nearby town of Saint Émilion. Ultimately, though, the piece is all about the wine. Legrand is unashamed in his own passion, telling a French interviewer: ‘I love the vines … the scheduling and constraint that is required to plant them … I also love the cellars, [the] alignments of barrels and bottles, silent underground, the smells, materials, colours, light … It is simple, the vine and the wine awaken the senses!’

Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ screens 17 & 18 Apr at 8pm. 21 Apr at 3pm *‘You Will Be My Son’ screens 01 & 02 May at 8pm. 05 May at 3pm; with a sepcial Bealtaine screening on 02 May at 1pm *

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10 Mar. 2013

Celebrations in Cranmore

The final exciting event and showcase of the Cranmore Community Children’s Project will take place at Cranmore Community Co-Op offices on Friday, 15th March between 5pm and 8pm. The Cranmore Children’s Community project is a cross border project which began three years ago, with children from Cranmore community and Antiville Community, Larne Co. Antrim. The Model’s Education Department were kindly supported in this project by the International Fund for Ireland.

This event is the culmination of work with the children from both communities over the last three years, with highlights such as the sleepover in The Model in 2011. Already on Friday, 8th March, we had a fabulous celebration and exhibition in the Antiville Community Centre, where photographic stills from the project and the childrens’ animations were projected onto the two community houses in Antiville. This mini light-show was like an outdoor cinema.

The children from both communities worked with artists, Naomi Draper and Erika Reid and on 15th March there will be another magical display of the children’s amazing artworks at the Cranmore Community Co-Op offices. We are also delighted to showcase the animations and artwork by the children from the Antiville community at this exhibition. It will also be a chance for everyone to see the newly refurbished new premises in Cranmore and to get an idea of what is available for the youth in Cranmore; everyone is welcome to this fantastic community event and party and refreshments will available from 5pm to 8pm in the the newly refurbished centre. The Model Education Department would like to extend a warm thank you to Erika and Naomi, and also to Helen O’Hara, Project Development Officer in Cranmore and to Karen and Clifford in Antiville Community House, for all their hard work and for their help in making this project happen. Thanks everyone….

1 Mar. 2013

Story-Time and Story Swap

As part of Sligo Children’s Book Festival, come along to our Story-time & Story Swap, on Sunday 3rd March from 1pm to 3pm, relax and bring your favourite book and as many as you like (or your not so favourite books!!) and swap it for another, in The Model’s specially created family-friendly sensory chill-out zone.

This gorgeously created space is a magical re-creation of the Four Acres Forest from AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, which is screening that day in The Model Cinema at 12 noon. Come along and get totally lost in this beautiful immersive experience. This space is especially created for The Model by Sonia Norris, a student in the Performing Arts in Sligo IT.

Suitable for all ages.

28 Feb. 2013

BLACK ICE - advance screenings of the new Sligo-Leitrim based film

BLACK ICE is screening in The Model Cinema on Friday, 08 March at 7pm and 9pm. Sligo and Leitrim audiences have a chance to see an advance screening ahead of the film’s national release, later this Spring. Studio North West tv presents two special advance screenings of the Strandhill and Leitrim shot film, Black Ice.

Written by Sligo-based writer Brian Leyden and the film’s producer/director Johnny Gogan, Black Ice tells the story of Alice (newcomer Jane McGrath) a young ‘petrol-head’ trying to get to grips with the death of her brother in a high-speed crash. This Sligo-Leitrim produced feature film Black Ice is a film boasting a rich Irish cast including Love/Hate star Killian Scott.

The film includes a strong ensemble of North West based actors including Tubbercurry teenager Roisin Scully, Donal O’Kelly, Des Braiden, Michael Harding, Deirdre O’Meara, Marian Quinn, Alan Devine and Conor McDermottroe. Also marked out for notice were the film’s strong locations including Sligo’s Strandhill, scene of one of the film’s major set pieces.

Speaking at the film’s premiere producer/director Johnny Gogan was clear to emphasise that ‘Black Ice could not have been realised to such a high standard without the involvement of the community of car enthusiasts and the broader North Leitrim and Strandhill communities.’

A story of youthful misadventure set against the backdrop of a lawless Donegal border terrain during the last gasps of the Irish boom – Black Ice charts the story of Alice as she is seduced into the rhythmic rumbling world of local boy racers. In an important development for the local film production sector all post-production work took place under the tutelage of editor Patrick J. O’Rourke whose post-production company Sleeping Warrior Films forms part of a growing production hub around Dromahair.

The vast majority of the crew came from within the newly established Studio North West Forum. The film was produced by Dromahair based Bandit Films and Still Films (Dublin) with finance from the Dromahair-based Studio North West tv, a number of private investors, An Bord Scannan na hEireann/The Irish Film Board, and RTE.

Plans are taking shape for the national release of Black Ice later in the Spring.

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28 Feb. 2013

The Storytellers Trail

As an exciting part of Sligo’s inaugural children’s Book festival. Follow the free ‘STORYTELLERS TRAIL’ around Sligo Café‘s this Saturday, 02 March.

It will kick off at 10.30am at CAFÉ FLEUR, where you can enjoy a morning treat with an exciting performance & story from our intrepid storytelling duo. Then its onto KOKO LATTE for perhaps some hot chocolate with marshmallows and listen to another interactive great story at 12 noon. Then onto CHAPTERS COFFEE HOUSE for lunch at 2pm, to be entertained with a super cool story. Finishing off the day, upstairs in LYONS CAFÉ at 3.30pm for the last exciting story of the day. All part of the fabulous 5-day festival, ‘Sligo Children’s Book Festival.’ A partnership between, Hawkswell Theatre, Kid’s Own and The Model.

6 Feb. 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild

‘It all goes quiet behind my eyes.
I see everything that made me
Flying around in invisible pieces
I see that I’m a little piece, of a big, big universe.
In a million years when kids go to school, they’re going to know, that once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub’ Hushpuppy Beasts of the Southern Wild

A native of New Orleans, Quvenzhané Wallis was picked from auditions of over 4000 children to play the central role in Beasts of the Southern Wild – she was just 5 years old, although she said, she was six in the auditions. The director, 29-year old Benh Zietlin, auditioned Wallis for his first feature film and picked her to play Hushpuppy, a little girl who lives with her hard drinking father, ‘Wink’, in a fictional bayou, called the Bathtub.

Bathtub is an eerily beautiful wetland, named because of the constant risk to flooding. It exists below the levee wall, a community living off the grid and outside of the law. The fabric of their universe and the world around them is unravelling, the polar caps are melting, releasing strange gargantuan beasts called the aurochs into this drowned world. Within this nether world, fantastic and otherworldly, little Hushpuppy is trying to stay strong, even her mother had swam away in the floods, and is mentioned as being so lovely, that when she passed by the gas stove, it would light itself. It’s hard to imagine how the film would work without Wallis at its center and now at only 9 years old, she is the youngest ever nominee in the best actress category for an Academy Award. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place in LA on 24th February 2013.

Dwight Henry, who plays her ailing father, Wink, had never acted before. His profession is as a baker and a chef and he had turned down the part three times, as at the time, he was expanding his business, the Buttermilk Drop Bakery & Café. Henry said, “I knew the filmmakers because there’s a casting agency across the street from the bakery, and they used to come over in the mornings to get breakfast and doughnuts and things, and they put fliers in the bakery asking people to audition for an upcoming movie.” The producers eventually had to persuade him to try out for the part. Using local people for actors, who had lived through and had been affected by Hurricane Katrina, adds to the rawness and authenticity of the film, and in turn deepens the emotional resonance.

Born and raised on Long Island, Benh Zeitlin’s parents are both folklorists; before starting the film, he lived for some time in the southern states of America and became fascinated with its people and textures. The screenplay for the film is based on a stage play by Lucy Alibar, called Juicy and Delicious, a bluegrass musical about sex and Southern food, set at the ends of time. Alibar and Zietlin co-wrote the screenplay for Beasts, with the help of script workshops in Sundance and they pulled the script together, perfecting the cadences of the Louisiana tones and customs, which they immersed themselves, whilst living in the South.

Beasts of the Southern Wild had its world première at the Sundance Film Festival. It was made with only a budget of $1.8m. The sets were designed and decorated from found materials, which included a makeshift boat, constructed of an old car and used tires, with a landscape of floating huts and primitive houses raised on stilts, constructed with the randomness of folk art and the beauty of an Edward Kienholz installation.

Since its première at Sundance, the film has been picking up awards on the festival circuit. At Cannes, the movie won the prestigious Caméra d’Or for the best first film, where the screening received a 20-minute standing ovation. Beasts has been nominated for four Academy Awards and Zeitlin is competing against directors on the top of their game, Spielberg, Tarantino, Haneke and Paul Thomas Anderson – such an accolade for a directorial debut.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is screening in The Model Cinema on Thursday, 14 February at 8pm, Sunday 17 February at 3pm and Wednesday 20 February at 8pm.

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12 Nov. 2012

The Model's Shorts Showcase

The Model presents a diverse selection of short films, which showcases exciting, emerging, new Irish talent. Showcasing the sheer diversity and creativity within Irish filmmaking, it includes work from independent filmmakers, students from IADT, Sligeach FIlms, University of Ulster, Queens University and a selection of screenings from this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. This project is funded by The International Fund for Ireland. The selection of short films screened on Wednesday, November, 21 at 6pm is curated by filmmaker, Niall Flynn. There will also be a special off site screening of the short film Walt, directed by Randal Plunkett in Sligeach Films, Old Thorn Yard, Wine Street, Sligo, on Wednesday, Nov. 21st, at 4.30pm.

Tue Nov 20, 6pm

SOLITUDE
SEÁN BREATHNACH
Ireland | 2011 | 19 mins: 

 Inspired by true events, ‘Solitude’ is the story of an ageing man’s attempts to come to terms with his past, at the expense of his present.

THE HOOD & THE COLLAR
PADDY HAYES
Ireland | 2012 | 19 mins: Winner of the best short documentary at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. Set in Belfast, 1971, this is the extraordinary story of IRA man Francie McGuigan’s journey from hooded man to wanted man.

GOING BACK
JOHN GRIBBIN
Ireland| 2011|15 mins: Peadar Doran is a musician who has lived in the U.S. for years and is on a return trip to Belfast. This is a film about home, about family, about memory and the search for identity

THE SHORE
TERRY GEORGE
Ireland| 2011| 30 mins: Winner of Best Live Action Short for the 2012 Academy Awards. An uplifting, hilarious and moving story about two childhood friends – Joe (Ciaran Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill – who reunite after 25 years of a misunderstanding.

Approx running time: 1 hour 23 minutes

Wed Nov 21, 6pm

CALLING
SHANE TWOMEY
Ireland | 2012 |10 mins: Sitting alone in a coffee shop, Louise decides to call her boyfriend, who has failed to show for their date. Every call has a tale to tell

CONNECTION
MARK MCAULEY
Ireland | 2012 | 2 mins: Connection deals with how homeless people have been pushed to the edges of society.

COURT ASTRONOMER
ALEX FEGAN
Ireland | 2012 |12 mins: This is a story of a Bishop’s cunning plot to murder a lowly, quiet astronomer who might just be smarter than him.

PAIN RELIEF
DANIEL HARPER
Ireland| 2012|6 mins: A man is trapped in a strange world where a pain in his head is driving him insane.

HISS
BRIAN FOLAN
Ireland | 2011 |7 mins: A short film about love, graffiti and making friends.

THE TRAILER
NIALL FLYNN, SLIGEACH FILMS
Ireland | 2012 |2 mins: ‘The lads shoot a trailer to raise some funding!’

LAST NIGHT IN NY
KEVIN GLYNN
Ireland | 2011| 8 mins: Mike is leaving NYC, he asks Constance to leave with him.

SPARE CHANGE
JORDAN BALLATINE
Ireland | 2011 |4 mins: A homeless man is in desperate need of change, but what are his intentions? 


SYLVIA
SEAMUS MORAN
Ireland | 2012 |11 mins | Irish language with English subtitles: Love, jealousy and motorcycle maintenance in the wilds of Conemara. Sylvia is a love triangle with a twist. Produced by Marie Caffrey

NINETY SECONDS
GERARD LOUGH
Ireland| 2012 |30 mins: 
 In the near future, a surveillance expert takes on an assignment that may prove to be his downfall.

PROSPEROUS
RAY BURKE & JAMES DENNISON
Ireland|2012|13 mins: An old man fights to save his home from eviction; ‘Prosperous’ looks at very real problem in modern-day Ireland.

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes

Wed Nov. 21 at 4.30pm

WALT
RANDAL PLUNKETT
Ireland| 2011| 25 mins: James suffers from neglect at home, until he meets Walt. Walt encourages him to learn how to fish, but he is not all that he seems.
Screening location: Sligeach Films, Old Thorn Yard, Wine St. Sligo

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9 Oct. 2012

The Model Cinema hosts the Guth Gafa International Documentary Roadshow

Friday, Nov 02, 6pm

This November, the Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival hits the road and will screen award-winning documentaries in regional centres around the country and on Friday, 02, November their roadshow will be in Sligo for screenings in The Model CInema. Alongside the screening of two key films exploring environmental and human rights themes, Windfall and You’ve been Trumped; members of community groups and public representatives will be invited to take part in post-screening discussions on the issues raised by the films. Discussions will involve the audience in the issues behind the films and make the Guth Gafa Roadshow 2012 an interactive experience for all those who attend. The documentaries to be screened are:

Nov. 02, 6pm
Windfall
Director: Laura Israel (USA, 2010, 83’)

Wind power… It’s green… It’s good… It reduces our dependency on foreign oil. But does it? Or, is it merely a highly profitable financial scam for the many wind energy developers looking to erect industrial wind turbines in a town near you? Windfall, looks at both sides of wind energy develoment when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, the townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impact that the 400-foot Airtricity windmills, slated for Meredith, would bring to their community.
“http//:www.windfallthemovie.com”

Nov. 02, 8pm
You’ve Been Trumped
Director: Anthony Baxter (UK, 2011, 95’)
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland’s last wilderness areas to build a golf resort.
“http//:www.youvebeentrumped.com”

Both screenings will be followed by Q&As
Free admission to both documentaries

16 Apr. 2012

‘Films rarely run as deep as this long, dark night of the soul’

This week The Model Cinema will be a treat for all lovers of film with the screening of Polish director, Agnieszka Holland’s, In Darkness (W ciemności) and * Once Upon a Time In Anatolia (Bir zamaniar Anadolu’da) by Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s (pronounced ‘Bil-ger Jey-lan’). Both films have an impressive combined running time of 295 minutes (two and half hours each).

Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2012, In Darkness is a breathtaking yet harrowingly cramped vision of the Second World War, where a group of Jews hid for 14 months in the sewers of Lvov after the destruction of the ghetto. In Darkness is beautifully shot in between two contrasting worlds; the dark and claustrophobic sewers under the ghetto, and the grim reality of a daily struggle for survival in the Nazi-occupied city of Lvov. Thanks to cinematographer, Joanna Dylewska, the titular darkness becomes an effective metaphor for the fate of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. Read the IFI’s blog ‘ From darkness of sewers to Oscar gala,’

Once Upon A Time Anatolia is a rigorous and beautifully captured murder mystery. Winner of the Grand Prix award at Cannes and nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or award. Film critic, Peter Bradshaw described it as, ‘an exhilarating masterpiece.’ Ceylan’s use of artificial light in the nocturnal scenes are Caravaggio-like in quality, with his painterly use of chiaroscuro, such as the scene where the …‘village is plunged into darkness by yet another power failure, the city folk are awestruck by the sight of the old man’s beautiful daughter as she gracefully serves them refreshments, with her face illuminated by the light from a lamp she’s carrying on a drinks tray. It’s one of those great cinematic moments; not only poetic and mysterious in its own right, it also points to the absence of women elsewhere in the film,’ Peter Walsh, Cinemas Manager, IFI. Read Peter’s blog on Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, acknowledging Ceylan’s debt to the Russian director, Andrei Tarkovsky

Both films examine the darker sides of human nature and although Ceylan has noted in an interview that the, ‘the human face is the most beautiful landscape,’ it also, ‘tells you everything. It’s the only way to get to the truth because, most of the time, the words we say are not true. We have a tendency to deceive others to protect ourselves.’

Both films screen for only one week in The Model Cinema.
Book your tickets online at: www.themodel.ie/film

In Darkness screens this Wed., Thurs. & Fri. at 6.15pm and Sunday 22 Apr. at 3.15pm. *Change in programme times, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia screens this Wed. & Thurs. at 8.45pm. Also screening at 6.15pm on Sunday Apr. 22.

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Lara Byrne

13 Apr. 2012

Gone AWAL for the day

On Thursday this week, the Men’s Group, A.W.A.L (Activities We All Like) from the Resource Centre Ballytivnan paid us a visit in The Model and they especially enjoyed the exhibition, Double Vision. A.W.A.L meet up once a fortnight to organise regular outings for the group.

The Resource Centre, Ballytivnan provides a day service for adults with a learning disability, and day-trips and outings play an important part in the activities available at the Centre. Paul, Eamon, Tom, Martin, Anthony and Paul really enjoyed their visit and particularly liked the Talk Wall and the Silent Disco.

The big hit of the visit was the Silent Disco, a recreation of the disco days of the Flamingo Ballroom in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, which was once graced by rock and roll legends The Rolling Stones and The Undertones. Thanks to the two helpers on the day, Barry and Gavin, who are second year students from Sligo IT and also the groups’ coordinator, Ann Devaney. This super- interactive exhibition, Double Vision, which was curated by young people from Co. Sligo and Co. Antrim, runs until 6th May, so don’t miss your chance to throw some shapes in the Silent Disco or make your mark in the Niland Gallery on our Talk Wall.

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Lara Byrne

Related Programming

4 Apr. 2012

Two film reviews - 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' & 'Margaret'

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a dark indie film in a similar vein to last year’s Winter’s Bone. The narrative of the film is unreliable, with unexpected flashbacks disrupting the sequence of events; these show a young mind in trouble, reflecting the fragmented memory of the main character. Our Cinema Assistant, Cathy Quinlan wrote a short review of the film…

‘I was at the first screening of Martha Marcy May Marlene tonight in the Model Cinema. It truly is a startling look at the life of one girl engrossed in a cult commune run by Patrick (John Hawkes), the alpha male and leader of the group. He is controlling and manipulative to the point where these girls feel lucky to be loved and approved by him, when he is in fact a confused and mentally unstable individual. The most telling part of the film is her struggle with it all after she has left the commune and returned to her sister whom she hasn’t seen in years.

The title character, Martha, is played by Elizabeth Olsen, who at just 23 years of age has the presence and confidence of a truly experienced actress with the ability to play such a complex and emotionally affected woman. The film is held together well by strong performances and great writing but Elizabeth Olsen is the reason you stay watching.’

Martha Marcy May Marlene is screening on April 4, 5 & 6 April at 6.15pm and on Sunday 8 April at 3.15pm. Also screening this week for a limited run of three screenings, is the modern day classic Margaret.

Read the IFI’s blog, ‘Waiting for Margaret

Margaret is screening on Wednesday and Thursday at 8.15pm and Sunday at 6.15pm.

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Lara Byrne

21 Feb. 2012

‘…and the Oscar goes to ....’

Out of the nine titles nominated for Best Picture for 2012 Oscars, The Model Cinema has screened four. This includes The Artist and The Descendants which are being screened 22 – 29 February. Other contenders include Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which were both popular with The Model audiences.

Midnight in Paris is a light-hearted witty escapade, with Allen’s alter-ego, Owen Wilson journeying through time to the Paris of Picasso, Hemmingway and Salvador Dali and hooking up with one of Picasso’s muses, played by an enigmatic Marion Cotillard. The Tree of Life, a beautiful and poignant film, divided Model audiences, but for the sheer beauty of the cinematography and scope of the director’s vision, Malick deserves much praise and encouragement to carry on with this ambitious vision and superb film-craft.

Who will get the coveted Best Picture? The Artist has been clearing the boards at the recent award ceremonies, with its seven Baftas, even winning Best Screenplay! When picking up the screenplay award, The Artist’s director, Michel Hazanavicius, said: “I’m very surprised, because so many people thought there was no script, because there was no dialogue, so English people are very clever. Congratulations to you.” Critics now say that The Artist has gone from underdog to Rottweiler, but what about Payne’s comedy on a mid-life crisis, The Descendants, with George Clooney trying to keep things together in cloudy Hawaii… it could be the dark horse in this race.

Both The Artist and The Descendants are opening at The Model in the coming days. Click here for details.

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Lara Byrne

12 Oct. 2011

Cranmore children prepare for Model sleepover

This project started two weeks ago on the 20th of September. It involves the children of Cranmore (ages range from 7-10). We introduced the children to different forms of art. I started on the 2nd week of the project where the task was to find as many different textures and materials on the way to the model gallery from Cranmore. We also watched a short film called the Lost Thing which the kids found very amusing.

This week we got them to design their own lost thing, either with collage/sculpting, drawing or painting. They had the choice to move around to which ever table they like. The kids especially enjoyed the collage/sculpting table. Hannah made a lovely 3D sculpture of her lost thing. I asked her questions about it and she told me “it lives where the other lost things live in the movie”
The children show so much enthusiasm with this project, and all the tables were busy.

The two boys out of the group Louis and Kieran loved sculpting; Kieran made a robotic lost thing and told me “the idea was in my head”
Louis made a lost thing he said “had a beard like Santa” Paula and Rebecca decided to make a photo guide of the last week walk from the picture they took themselves.

The kids have been amazing and I love working with them, Naomi and Lara. Their excitement and love for art is so heart warming. I am looking forward to the next few weeks especially the sleepover on the fifth of November where the children in the Cranmore group will get to meet the other group.

Katie Lynch
Transition Year Student

This project is supported by The International Fund for Ireland.

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