The DVD of 32A is now available for purchase.

South America - screenings in Argentina and Bolivia


Just a quick update on the latest tour of South America for 32A.

After screenings in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Asuncion, Paraguay in May, the film was shown in Bahia Blanca, Argentina at the end of July. We also screened in Rosario, Argentina: 13 August and in Salta, Argentina: between 9 and 19 August.

Upcoming screenings include:
- Córdoba, Argentina: 1-4 September
- Chaco, Argentina: during the months of October and November.
- 5 cities in Bolivia: between 10-24 November, more details as we get them.

All of which is fantastic and thanks to the Dept of Foreign Affairs and the Irish FIlm Institute in co-ordinating all of this. We get a lot of visitors from South America to our site and it's a pleasure to know how well the film is received there.

Bonjour France

One of the joys of the internet is we know when our film has screened in different territories from all the visitors to our site. We are very happy to have screened in France, a country which has inspired us as filmmakers. To the land of Truffaut et al, thanks for coming by, merci bien.

Mount Analogue Revisited premiere and launch

Just to let you all know that Mount Analogue Revisited by Joe and Pat Walker will have it's official first screening this week in Mother's Tankstation gallery in Dublin.

Full details are available on the Mother's Tankstation site.

Admission today for the premiere with screenings this Thursday and Friday.


We’ve been big fans of Arin Crumley and Susan Buice’s Four Eyed Monsters project, a pioneering approach by two filmmakers who blended their online presence, video podcasts, crowd-sourced screenings and the feature itself to bring a small film to a global audience.

Arin has partnered with Kieran Masterson in the UK to develop a new venture OpenIndie. And we’re proud to be a part of that with our feature 32A.

Essentially it’s way that distribution can happen in a very local way, people can log in and express interest in exhibiting feature films to audiences. It could be an individual theatre, or a film society or a particular College or Festival. Filmmakers can, in turn, choose where to show and in what way, either via download or print.

Why the need for this? Independent filmmakers are seeking new ways of reaching audiences as the global market becomes ever more cautious and studios move towards guaranteed success with hugely marketed rides like Tron Legacy or Avatar. Moviemaking becomes more like engineering and less like storytelling. Part of the answer lies in embracing the web technologies, from audience reach and promotion to actual film downloads, when you make a connection with your audience that’s based upon a relationship.

OpenIndie is at an early beta phase right now and things are still being rolled out but they're off to a great start and it’s a ground up venture initiated by filmmakers themselves.

Bit Torrent

It’s like picking up mercury... or herding cats... or supporting the Irish soccer team... Keeping 32A off BitTorrent can feel like a pretty futile exercise however worthy.

So, while we’d really appreciate if people
bought the DVD we realise that many people are watching downloaded copies. So we just decided we might as well up a virtual Tip Jar. So if you enjoyed 32A. perhaps you might like deposit a few shekels in it. All of which will help us get to our next project. Cheers...

We're on the buses...

We're happy to see these running on the streets of Dublin... a great move from our distributors, Element Pictures.

Reviews in Germany

Well, we’ve gotten some excellent reviews in Germany thanks to the sterling efforts of our distributor Fugu Films and coproducer Flying Moon. Now the only English links below are the two ExBerliner magazine articles, but for the others we did a quick Google Translate and have pulled a quote or two out.

Thomas Vorwerk -
“A film by Marian Quinn, who also worked as an actress, sister of Aidan, but also aesthetically a revelation”

Hendrike Bake -
“a film for teenagers and adults: tender, wistful, funny, very close to the experiences and emotions of the girls”

Diego Hernandez - Exberliner 73, June 2009 (pdf, e)
“Unlike many others of its kind, this film actually manages to evoke the spirit of pre-teen girls as they discover the joys and frustrations of finding an identity” Also ExBerliner featured an interview with Marian - Exberliner 73 (pdf, engl)

Michael Pöppl -
Zitty 13 / 2009 (pdf)
“The film lives primarily from the naturalness of the group of girls, perfect acting.”

Thorsten Krüger -
Blickpunkt:Film (pdf)
“a gorgeous, half-autobiographical memory of youth”

Manfred Riepe -
epd Film (pdf)
“an atmospheric, lushly staged teenage comedy”

YouTube and filmmaking

I’ve blogged over the past few years about Four Eyed Monsters from their innovative podcasts to their launch on YouTube. It’s great to see their work finally being seen as the pioneering work it was.

Arin Crumley’s follow on projects, DIY Days and From Here to Awesome have been favourites of ours. I particularly enjoyed his contributions to this panel discussion on YouTube focussing on digital distribution and open source cinema.

So is it cloudy or bright?

Depends where you’re looking really. That’s the Film Board’s Galway offices in the building on the lower right of that picture. We were in Galway recently for the Galway Film Fleadh. We had some great pitching sessions, it felt good to get out there again...

The industry has a lot of challenges facing it internationally and locally too, given the pressure on government spending. The Board had organised a timely round table discussion called The Real Deal focussing on the impact and implications of digital distribution in the future of film. This follows on from discussion by Mark Gill in LA last year and James Stern this year on the absence of a clear model for a financial future for film makers or distributors. This is of course exactly the same discourse that has already been played out in the music business.

Quite a bit of debate focussed on theatrical distribution and whether independent cinema can survive.

That’s something that I think each of us answers every time we go to a cinema. We sit in that space, where people gather as a group and sit in the dark, to a flickering light, and pay quiet attention as a story unfolds. For me, that space is mythic, deep in our psyche, it’s a fundamental part of being a human.

Given digital options, given that people have a choice whether to download for free at home or go out and pay, the question for theatrical becomes just this... Can it be re-invented so as the experience of it is great, truly great?

Apple have shown that if the experience is great it can work. Enough people, when they have a choice between dodgy and free or easy and paid, will choose easy and paid for a viable business model. The question is not whether theatrical distribution will endure for independent cinema, the question actually is, how great an experience are we providing? How can we improve it? How can we make it truly great?

For us here in Janey, the sky is definitely brightening. For us, the answers lie in being small and nimble, developing great projects, and working in new innovative ways, building and engaging audiences in a rich and deep manner. As film makers it is when we sit with audiences in the dark and go with them on the films journey, sensing them rise and fall with the story. Or when we read their emails, twitter posts, or YouTube comments that the work ultimately becomes rewarding. For us it’s all about the audience. We seek to embrace digital technologies, which will come as no surprise to those who know us. And we’re planning some exciting projects which focus on audiences over the coming months.

It's a German Thing...

32A opened last weekend to great reviews in Germany. That’s the poster for the German release.

ExBerliner, the principal English language magazine said “
The story's beauty lies in its simplicity. Quinn is as unpretentious as she is professional, portraying a series of recognizable situations that are bound to make viewers smile and sigh at the resurrection of childhood memories.”. The full review is here.

Initially it screens in Berlin and Frankfurt and then going to other venues. 32A will also open a series of films which tour schools in Germany called (ahem) Britfilms.

Dates for Cinemas in Ireland!

We’re in the cinema in Ireland commencing August 15th. We’ve been busy cutting our trailer up with the gang in Screen Scene in Dublin, Jim Duggan has a nice crew up there, Peter, Ciara, Warren and Mark looked after us very well. We had Conor Ferguson direct it and they all did a great job. Conor has a lovely short out at the moment called Atlantic which screened in Galway this year.

So the venues: Starting AUGUST 15th

Dublin: IFI Cinemas
Booking office: 01.679.5744 Book Online

Carrick on Shannon: Cineplex
Booking office: 071.967.2000
Book Online

Sligo: Gaiety Cinema
Booking office: 071.917.4001

The Road Home...

Oh the home turf... Nothing like it. A crack of light perhaps though in the not too distant future.

We’re going to be in the
Lights Out Festival in the IFC, with a ‘gala’ screening on Tuesday, July 15th at 6.00. There’s going to be a bit of a party and they hoping to see as much of the cast and crew there as can come, so this should be tremendous fun.

We’re working with the
IFI’s education department on developing a package for schools, particularly the transition year students so we’re looking forward to building something interesting out of that, more details to follow.

Lights Out tours to Ballinamore, Manorhamilton, Ennis, Kilkenny, Dundalk, Youghal, and Moate. When the schedule clarifies we’ll be updating here. We’re hoping to tour to at least some of these ourselves as well.
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