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I started this blog in 2007. No one had heard of The Wire and I was making experimental films that a select few saw. My initial tagline for this blog was: 'I write concisely. always. I'm trying to improve this - however, sometimes few words work better'. Then I found Twitter. However, I still post here once a week, so feel free to comment or just to simply say hii.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 @ 10:04 AM
Anne Maree Barry - Solo Exhibition @ The Lab
The LAB, brought to you by Dublin City Council, is pleased to present:

Rialto Twirlers – Anne Maree Barry

Preview 06/05/10 / 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Curated by Gavin Murphy

07.05.10 - 29.05.10

In her exhibition Rialto Twirlers Anne Maree Barry presents an effective study of time, movement, image and sound, an amalgamated performance, that holds within it a narrative of contemporary urban Dublin. Young people growing up in the inner city area of Rialto find a space for themselves through creatively engaging in majorette groups, a traditional feature of the social landscape in working-class areas. Not as acrobatic as their American cheer leader counterparts or as military as their marching bands founders, the Rialto Twirlers are a creative fusion of hard graft, skill and energy that is a product of a pluralistic age in which anything is possible. For a year Barry shadowed the Twirlers. At majorette competitions she observed the aesthetic visual qualities of their physical forms and interaction within a specific performance space, their vibrant colours and energy, symmetry and order, urban music sounds and sense of community. Barry was sufficiently integrated into a precious and hidden subculture to create this choreographed documentary film based on her observational experience of the group.
The intention of Anne Maree Barry's work is to convey her own unique film making style in documentary or fictional format, in order to blur the boundaries between art and everyday encounters. This, her latest work combines in a collage of image, sound and music, held together by the movements of the performers. Experimenting with the power of narrative by exploring other elements of film, Barry emphasizes this interplay of image and sound, rhythm and gesture, rather than reliance on plot mechanics. In collaboration with composer Duncan Murphy the soundtrack assembles a collection of tone washes and rhythmic clusters that were collected during a series of the Rialto Twirler’s performances. The project also included Mark Bryan, a Philadelphia music producer who remixed the music for the successful cheerleading film Bring It On, and was invited by Barry to lead a workshop with the Rialto Twirlers, which is documented in this exhibition.

Anne Maree Barry is a film artist based in Dublin, Ireland. She attended the Limerick School of Art and Design, BA Fine Art 2002 and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, MFA Media 2004. In 2006, her first experimental short film was the winner of Best Irish Short at the Darklight Film Festival, Dublin. Recent screenings and exhibitions include: Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, Dublin; The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival; New Film at Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare; Straylight, The Light House Cinema, Dublin; Birr Arts Festival; Except, Bologna; Oslo Screen Festival; Heavier-Than-Air Flying Machines Are Impossible, The Red Stables, Dublin / Jim Thompson Arts Center, Bangkok; and Competitive Landscapes, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York. Barry was awarded a New Work Award and a Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council in 2007. Studio/Residency Awards include Studio 468, Rialto, awarded by Common Ground, Project Studio Award, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.

The Lab, Dublin City Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 2:29 AM
Short Films @ Stranger Than Fiction

Click on the image for a full description of short films at the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival, Irish Film Institute, 12.15PM April 18th.

Boat Dreams

Director: Sasha Andrews

Duration: 8’ 25’’

A Man & His Mountain

Director: Geoff Brooks

Duration: 8’ 46’’

If These Walls Could Talk

Director: Anna Rodgers

Duration: 12’ 53’’

Bye Bye Now

Director: Aideen O’Sullivan & Ross Whitaker

Duration: 14’ 50’’

Out Of Mind

Director: Kate Mc Carroll

Duration: 15’


Director: Darren Bolger & Caroline Campbell

Duration: 13’ 3’’


Director: Gráinne Mc Guinness

Duration: 10’

Rialto Twirlers

Director: Anne Maree Barry

Duration: 6’ 20’’

One Less Car

Director: Barry Hamilton

Duration: 15’

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Monday, April 12, 2010 @ 3:56 AM
Rialto Twirlers @ Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival

Rialto Twirlers is screening at the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin this Sunday 18th April at 12.15PM. It is part of the festival's Short Film Programme:

Interested in seeing the work of the future generation of documentary filmmakers? Then make sure to catch the Short Film Programme. Featuring a selection of the finest short documentaries from across Ireland, interspersed with a selection of international gems, every year this programme presents films made with a variety of styles on a wide range of subject matters – there’s truly something for everyone!

Another Still Films production Alibi directed by Darren Bolger and Caroline Campbell has also been selected for the Short Film Programme.

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