So who are the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Group?
Chairman: Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee
Secretary: Margaret McGee
Director of Programming: Kevin McGee
Marketing: Declan McGee
Security/Safety: Liam Gleeson
Logistics: Daniel Gleeson
Chairman: Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee. Michael graduated in 2010 with First Class Honours Honours Degree in Media Production Management from Ballyfermot College, which was accredited by Dublin City University, while he has recently completed academic studies for a Post-Grad Hdip in Creative Multi-media Programming in Limerick Institute of Technology. He has previously gained experience as a radio producer/presenter/script-writer and has several half-hour history-based radio documentaries to his name, whilst he was also involved in a weekly radio politics production as a co-presenter/producer; Michael has recently worked as Second Assistant to the Director on a number of short films, while he has gained experience as an extra on several television productions. Furthermore, Michael is a published novelist and short story writer. Recently he has created a number of animations using the softwares of Flash and 3ds Max.
Secretary: Margaret McGee. Margaret is a hard worker within the community, whereby she is involved with different community-based groups. She is a member of the Nenagh Choral’s Society, while she is also a well-known member of the community who is involved with several charities.
Director of Programming: Kevin McGee. Kevin was recently confirmed with a Doctrate in Trinity College Dublin, where he has also been a lecturer in the 2011/12 and 2012/2013 semesters. He has written extensively for stage, starting in 1989 with Sons and Others in the Dublin Theatre Festival. He has had almost twenty productions staged including a cycle of one-act plays in the 1995 Dublin Fringe and two plays in the London New Play Festival. “As Married As We Get” and “It was 2pm in the Morning” were both in Dublin Fringe 2001, followed closely by “Funeral Tango” in the Crypt Arts Centre. Furthermore, Kevin has written extensively for radio and is a regular writer for RTÉ, plus he has experience as a short film director (Irish Theatre Institute, 2011) – one of his most recent productions, The Stewards of the House was been short-listed to the last ten for the Irish Film-base Short-Film Award 2012. His most recent production The Ballsbridge Poisoner will be premiered during the summer 2013.
Marketing Manager: Declan McGee. Declan is the previous owner of a public house that is based in Borrisoleigh. He has also managed several bars in Manhattan, New York, while he has also been employed by several different businesses in Nenagh town.
Security/Safety Officer: Liam Gleeson. Liam runs the Nenagh office of Lodge Service Security Company and is also the Chairman of the local ‘Friends of Nenagh Hospital’ organisation. Furthermore, Liam is involved as Treasurer of North Tipperary Labour and he is also involved in other localised community-based initiatives.
Logistics Officer: Daniel Gleeson. Daniel is a student who is involved with several youth orientated community-based activities. He has gained previous experience as a security officer for Lodge Service.
There are also several other supporters of the Nenagh Silent Film Festival who have been hugely helpful to the initiative behind the scenes. They are James Connolly McGee, who has taken on the role of the Charlie Chaplin character during promotional opportunities, and also, James has taken on a role which is necessary in gathering character costumes. The most focused area of research will be surrounding Rex Ingram. Additional research material has also been accumulated by local historian Donal Murphy, who is also a strong supporter of the Nenagh Silent Film Festival. P. J. Daly has also been helpful with providing the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Committee with Vintage vehicles, and has helped out during promotional activities. Kevin Whelan, who is a local historian has also helped with the Nenagh Silent Film Festival and performed workshops and historical talks on Rex Ingram during the festival 2013. Other individuals who have supported the Nenagh Silent Film Festival on the ground are our MC Larry Dunne, Tracey McGee, Nicolas Ryan-Purcell, Ciara O’Sullivan and Colette Horan. There are others whose names escape the author immediately.
So how did this come about?
Well, forming a film festival isn’t something that can be done over night. There is amazing amount of ground work that has to be done before hand, and plenty of documentation to be complied that covers everything from a Situation Analysis, to Media Techniques, Safety, Insurance, PEST and SWOT Analysis and God knows whatever else that is needed to put together a base, before finally putting together a team or committee that will produce a film festival. Some of these documentation are as follows:
Below on the left and right are two A4 sized flyers that were especially created for the Nenagh Silent Film Festival’s presence in a promotional capacity at Electric Picnic 2013. This was a promotion that is the Brainchild of LEADER, who are trying to promote some of the local festival and events from the region. Posters were created by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee and to view closer, or print off your own copy, please click on your choice.
This version of the Selection of Media Techniques was created during the initial research stage for the possibility of creating a Silent Film Festival during August 2011. A substantial number of changes have been made to the 2012 version as experience was gathered over time, while the 2013 version will be scripted before autumn 2013. Some contacts and even media productions don’t exist now, while numerous newer ones have replaced them. Also some grant possibilities that are highlighted in this pdf are now gone, whilst newer ones have been identified by the NSFF Committee. Futhermore, the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, which was highlighted as an example in the Selection of Media Techniques 2011, was just starting out and held it’s first festival during August 2011 as this was been scripted, and has since become a fantastic example of what can be achieved by a small community in creating a film festival. One notable change that stands out from the Selection of Media Techniques 2011 is the original title of Nenagh Silent Movie Festival is now officially Nenagh Silent Film Festival!
Now we have told you who we are, we want you to tell us who you are, and especially we want to offer an invitation to you to join us. The Nenagh Silent Film Festival Committee is always looking for new people as we strive build this event to even bigger and better heights that it has already achieved! So why not join us as a volunteer or just a supporter and celebrate a century old art? We need numbers, so no matter where you are across the blogging world, if you are interested just let us know and we’ll proudly include your name on our Sponsors and Supporters page …, as well as keeping you updated on our shenanigans!
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