Limerick Through a Different Lens
In 2014, with the support of Limerick City of Culture, Fresh Film Festival and filmmaker Pete Moles worked with young people across Limerick City and County to create a collection of documentary films. Groups, schools and individuals examined places that were important to them in some way. The collection of films produced is now permanently available on this website, a time capsule celebrating a moment and a place in the filmmakers' lives.
This is not an exhaustive look at Limerick, and there are many thousands more viewpoints not represented here. We hope this project will inspire other filmmakers to pick a camera and document a moment in their lives.
Your progress will be saved and you can skip this introduction when you revisit the site. There are 24 short films in the collection.
|Web Team||Kieran Calvert, Elaine Hennessy: Little Blue Studio|
|Dynamic Soundscape||Paddy Mulcahy|
|Original Print||David Lilburn|
|Assistant Filmmakers||Miriam Garcia Mortell, Cian Hennigar|
|Production Assistant||Edel Egan|
|Line Producer||Ciarda Tobin|
|Editors||Phil Shanahan, Pete Moles, Cian Hennigar, Niall Coley, Darren O'Carroll, Robert Barrett, Ethan O'Brien, Kerrie Aherne, Adam Littlewood, Tiernan O'Rourke, Leon O'Connor, David O'Brien.|
|Booklet Design||Pete Moles, Paul Callanan|
|Screening Event Coordinator||Stephen Barry|
|Thanks to||Jayne Foley, Shelia Deegan, Mike Fitzpatrick, Maeve McGrath, Karl Wallace, Mario Beck, John Real, Una Heaton, Shane Serrano, Clare Littlewood, Valerie O'Connor, Angie Smalis, Shane Curtin, Matt Kelly, Stacy Lyons, Eithne Stembridge, Suzi Cronin, Arthur's Quay Shopping Centre, Ger O'Donnell, Dennis Bates, Dolores Hennigar, John McCrohan, Janet Bray, Gary Jackson, The Gathering, Thomond Park, Seamus O'Sullivan, Ciaran O'Callaghan, The Royal Cinema Project, Cathal McCormack, Steve Ryan, Limerick Youth Service, Limerick Youth Dance, Limerick Youth Theatre, Music Generation Limerick, St. John's Scouts, Crescent School, Villiers School, CBS Secondary School, Colaiste Ida agus Iosef, Garryowen Youth Club, Lava Javas Youth Cafe, The Stormy Teacup, Cobblestone Joes, Go West, The Cellardoor, Music Generation Limerick, Emmanuel Coobs-Sarko, The Learning Hub, Young Munster Rugby Club, Joe Caslin, Eleanor McSherry, Darren Maher, Peter Delaney, Gabrielle Ivinson, Behind the Scenes, Mark Griffin, Joanne Moles, Allfurgan Mosque Limerick, Martina McGrath, Dan Mooney, Robert's Pharmacy, The George Boutique Hotel, Pauline McNamara, Dave Burns, Donal Foreman, Brendan Maher, Séan Moloney, Deirdre Quinlan, Pat Shortt, Tobey Tracy, Marie Boylan, Maeve Butler, Ken Coleman, Ben Spillane and everyone who supported this project.|
|1000 Country Roads||By Tiernan O'Rourke||'After Battle' - Julia Seeholzer|
|A Day on the Water||By St. John's Scouts||'Broken Drum' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|About Town||By Limerick Youth Theatre|
|A Transition Year||By CBS 4th Years||'Undone' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Cocopop and Jellybean||By Aoife Lynch, Courtney O'Donnel and West End Youth Centre||'Days are Long' - Silent Partner|
|Culture Night||By Kerrie Aherne|
|Curragh Chase Trails||By Adam Littlewood||'After' (Ode to Zachlander and CJ) - Kai Wachi|
|DCMs||By Villiers 4th Years||'Zzz' 'Head Hits Pillow' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Down by the Feale||By Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 4th Years, Abbeyfeale||'Walking Shoes' - Slim|
|First Limerick City and County Comhairle||By Limerick Comhraile||'Light Thought' - Kevin McLeod|
|The Gathering||By Leon O'Connor||'In the Hall of the Mountain King' - Edvarc Grieg|
|Halla Inse Ban||By Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 4th Years, Abbeyfeale|
|In Kinfinane||By Eimear Stembridge||'One More Night (Summer Chill Mix)' - Deja 7|
|Just School||By Colaiste Nano Nagle, 5th Years||'Meant Nothing' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Limerick Voices||By the Musicians of Music Generation Limerick City||'Eskimo Song' 'Stole my Heart' - Music Generation Limerick City|
|Limerick Youth Dance||By Limerick Youth Dance||'Dreams Under My Feet' - Fidget Feet|
|Pausing to Remember||By Colaiste Ide agus Iosef 4th Years, Abbeyfeale||'Darien Gap' - Josh Woodward|
|Performance||By Limerick Youth Theatre||'Learn to Fly' - Josh Woodward|
|Ringfort||By Sophia O'Grady||'The Missing Xylophone' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Skatepark Days||By Dylan Mccormack||'Be Easy' - Sam O'Connor - 'Cheats' - Lorcan O'Toole|
|Six Years of Change||By David O'Brien||'Serendipity' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|This is Samhains Like Us||By Samhains Like Us Committee, Limerick Youth Service||'Arpaplay' 'Waltz Sketch' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Towning||By Saoirse O'Connor||'Rifo Wakes' - Paddy Mulcahy|
|Young Munster||By Aoife Donnellan and Adam Littlewood||Limelight - Just a Gent feat. R O Z E S|
|An Interview with John Real||Thomas Kearns-Horan|
|Study Guide||Right Click to download Study Guide|
|fresh Film festival||freshfilmfestival.net|
|Little Blue Studio||littlebluestudio.ie|
|Limerick Youth Service||limerickyouthservice.com|
|Limerick Music Generation||www.musicgeneration.ie|
|Limerick Youth Theatre||http://www.lyt.ie|
|Limerick Youth Dance||dancelimerick.ie/resource/limerick-youth-dance|
|St. John's Scouts||www.scouts.ie|
|Colaiste Ide agus Iosef||abbeyfealecollege.ie|
|Colaiste Nano Nagle||presentationlimerick.com|
When approaching this project, I always foregrounded the voice of the subject, and all decisions stemmed from a desire to put the city and county of Limerick that belongs to its young people onscreen. As such, while the participation in the actual mechanical process of filmmaking varied from group to group, in each case the choice of content was led by the subject-participants. The young people were always in control.
The point of these films is to examine Limerick as a place, by isolating individual places of particular, personal interest to young people, for whatever reason. The non-linear possibilities of a webdoc suits the eclectic collection, and now serves as an archive of a random collection of viewpoints in a particular moment in time. That was always the aim, not to present an exhaustive look at Limerick, but to capture some moments and map them out. Limerick is the subject of this project and the point isn't to create a definitive statement but, like a portrait, to isolate a unique and fleeting relationship to the subject to capture an aspect of its character.
This project has also consisted of a screening of the collection of films up to that point (in December 2014, the last Made in Limerick project of the City of Culture year I believe). During Fresh's 2015 festival, there was a projection of the films in the centre of Limerick. Pretty much everyone involved is a Limerick native, from the participants, to the editors, to the web team, to the musician, to the artist. Limerick's an exciting place to be a filmmaker right now.
This project represents over a year and a half of work, with a constant need for invention and redefining its exact parameters. It wouldn't have been possible without the support offered by Limerick City of Culture 2014. The administrative talent of Fresh Film Festival ensured this project's realisation, and the Festival's unique relationship with young filmmakers in Ireland was invaluable. The support and encouragement offered by my colleague Ciarda Tobin is a big reason this why webdoc exists today.
The beautiful print created as the backdrop was created to include areas that were discussed both in and out of interviews. Artist David Lilburn included lots of little things to find. It's worth noting that the print was done in reverse, then flipped back digitally. That means that the print doesn't exist in its final form until it appears on screen. This is very much in the spirit of the project, where the mixture of media and styles all converge in the webdoc. This map was also inspired by a desire to maintain a level of anonymity; indeed this has served as another guiding principle of the project. There are no comment threads and the films can only be accessed on this site. There are additional films that weren't included out of respect to the wishes of the filmmakers.
The dynamic soundscape created by Paddy Mulcahy is something special. I was able to exploit his back catalogue of music to serve as the score for the majority of the films included. He's very good. There's a link to his work in the credits.
The website is all original code by the talented team at Little Blue Studio. They kept saying yes to everything I suggested needed to be included. And then they did it.
Fresh Film Festival describes itself as an organisation 'Encouraging Young People to Make Films'. That is why a booklet on making documentary films has been included in the resources section.
I hope that this project serves to inspire further filmmaking and is used as a resource by aspiring filmmakers and teachers of film. This collection of films is unique and varied, so there are lots of documentary storytelling techniques on display here. Seeing what works and what doesn't work for you when watching these films can help develop your own voice. Fresh accepts entries every year...
Lastly, let me just say that it has been a privilege to work with so many talented and engaged young people. This project belongs to them, and I am delighted to have been allowed into their worlds. While there were too many participants in this project to mention, it is the young people involved that deserve the most praise for their openness, enthusiasm and engagement.
Pete Moles – Director