Renowned film director and producer Lelia Doolan joined representatives from Cinema North West, the International fund for Ireland and members of community organisations from Fermanagh, Leitrim and Cavan to celebrate the final phase of the highly successful ‘Crossing Borders on Screen’ project.
Funded by the Internationa Fund for Ireland, the innovative two year project run by Cinema North West was designed to enhance dialogue and generate understanding and respect, utilising film as a medium to promote reconciliation among people from Counties Fermanagh, Leitrim and Cavan.
To mark the occasion, all participating groups proudly screened their works on the large screen in the cinemobile parked in Belcoo which was followed by a Q&A session with guests. Local a cappella group, The Janzens entertained guests at the Customs House and the night was rounded off by a screening of the hit film, Good Vibrations.
Over the past two years, the Crossing Borders on Screen project brought community groups together using filmmaking as a common focus. The participants learned filmmaking and editing skills, facilitated by local filmmakers Patrick O’Rourke, Mike Guckian and Colm Farrell.
The Lisnaskea group with Patrick O’Rourke of Sleeping Warrior Films, was made up of two local community groups in Fermanagh; South East Fermanagh Foundation & Oak Healthy Living.
Mike Guckian of Sligeach Films, facilitated the training of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton. As part of their training, the new filmmakers learned to use cameras and editing software. The group worked together to write, direct and edit a series of films ranging from dramatic to documentary and promotional pieces that showcased the emerging talent and highlighted the collaborative aspects of the project.
The third project, Breffni Integrated was facilitated by filmmaker Colm Farrell working out of Dowra, and brought together Shannon Valley Women’s Group and West Cavan’s Men’s group who collaborated on 2 films – a promo piece about Dowra Mart and a more extensive investigative film exploring the effects of Fracking in the local area. This piece includes educational and informative elements on the often divisive subject of Hydraulic Fracturing.