Friday, 31 March 2017

Sport & Exercise Research Group, Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar First Wednesday of each month Designing physical education for Irish schools in the second-half of the centenary years, 1966-2016 Dr. Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway Wednesday, April 5th, 1pmSeminar Room GO10, Ground FloorHardiman Research Building NUI Galway Physical activity and regular exercise invariably, if not incontrovertibly, form part of a healthy lifestyle; and not only physical wellness but also mental and emotional wellbeing. Research also suggests that – in post-primary education – continuing engagement in physical activity and sport during the pressurised exam years can enhance pupils’ performance in high-stakes examinations. With the expansion in lifestyle design, with physical fitness at its centre, Ireland is experiencing unprecedented levels of engagement in sport and physical activity, evidenced by the burgeoning growth in bespoke fitness classes and programmes; diet planning and healthy eating; and large-scale sports activities and events. Perhaps now more than ever, the adage applies: ‘mens sana in corpore sano’. Furthermore, sport represents a crucial part of Irish cultural and historical identity, and for a country of its relative size and population, the Irish economy and GDP. However, while sport and physical activity occupy a highly significant place in Irish society, physical education in Irish schools has lagged behind - marginalised on timetables in favour of more important exam subjects, or underserved by inadequate equipment. In 2013, Ireland was ranked by the EU in the bottom 3 of 36 European countries for physical education provision in schools. It might be argued that since the mid-1960s, when a different image of Ireland prevailed upon the bicentenary commemorations for The Rising in 1966, (than did in 2016), a predominantly intellectualist frame has strongly influenced education in Ireland, emerging from the seminal educational-philosophical work of R.S. Peters. With recent changes in the Junior Cycle curriculum, and an emphasis on young people’s wellbeing in the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA), which includes PE as a core area, and the design of the Senior Cycle PE Framework (2016), the time seems ripe to transform PE in Irish schools. Consistent with similar developments taking place for computer science at Senior Cycle, physical education might finally be able to move beyond the problematic status of ‘subject without a syllabus’. This talk explores the new curriculum designs for physical education, traced through the history of physical education in Irish schools since the mid-1960s, when R.S. Peters’ salient work first emerged; and in an analysis informed by contemporary debates and themes in education – both in Ireland and internationally - highlights constraints and possibilities of the new PE design for Irish education. Download Leaflet (171Kb)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

John Carney was born in Dublin and was educated at De La Salle College Churchtown and at Synge Street CBS. He was bassist for Irish rock band The Frames between 1991 and 1993 and also directed some of their music videos. In addition to shooting music videos, Carney also wrote and directed two award-winning short films (Shining Star and Hotel) before making his first feature. With fellow film-maker Tom Hall, Carney wrote and directed November Afternoon, his first feature film, in 1996. Despite a limited release, it was acclaimed as the "Film of the Year" by the Irish Times.  John wrote, directed and scored his next project, the hour-long TV film Just In Time, starring Frances Barber and Gerard McSorley. The Irish Times voted it Best TV Film of 1998. Carney's next film was the edgy drama Park, which premiered at the Dublin Film Festival. Two years later, in 2001, he co-wrote and directed On the Edge. The film starred Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea and was released through Universal Studios. He was awarded the Silver Hitchcock Award for On the Edge at the 2001 Dinard Festival of British Cinema. Carney returned to TV writing and directing during the same year. He co-wrote and co-directed (with his brother Kieran Carney and Tom Hall) the hugely successful RTÉ TV series Bachelors Walk. The independently produced TV series proved the most successful in Irish television history. The series ran for three seasons. In 2006, Carney directed the feature movie Once. First screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, Once had its official world release at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007 and won the World Cinema Audience Award in the category Dramatic. A low-budget affair shot for only $160,000, Once was hugely successful, grossing $7 million worldwide in its first 3 months of release. Legendary film-maker Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, "Once gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year." As writer and director of Once, Carney won the Most Promising Newcomer award in the Evening Standard British Film Awards 2007 and the film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. It has since been adapted as one of the most successful theatrical musicals of recent years, including award winning runs on Broadway and the West End. Subsequent films directed by Carney have enjoyed considerable critical and commercial success. Begin Again (2013) grossed over $63 million worldwide (it is the most-watched independent film of all time in South Korea) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lost Stars". His most recent film, the Irish set coming of age musical Sing Street (2016), was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 74th Golden Globes in January 2017.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

On Friday March 10th at 2pm, we will be inviting a panel of industry guests to discuss access to the audio-visual industry and answer any questions you may have. These guests currently include :  Sarah Dillon, Production & Development Executive with  the Irish Film Board  http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/ Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. The agency supports writers, directors and production companies across these sectors by providing investment loans for the development, production and distribution of film, television and animation projects.  David Kavanagh, CEO  of  the Writers Guild of Ireland http://script.ie/ The Writers Guild of Ireland (WGI) is the representative body in Ireland for writers for the stage, screen, radio and digital media. The Guild is an organisation run by writers for writers. We keep our members informed of news about the industry through our blog and fortnightly electronic newsletter, offer advice on contracts, organise talks and meetings, set up information sessions about issues of concern and lobby government agencies on matters pertaining to playwrights and screenwriters.  Paddy Hayes, Producer with  Magamedia  http://www.magamedia.net/  MAGAMEDIA is a small tribe of independent award-winning filmmakers based in the West of Ireland. Magamedia has carved out a reputational niche for itself as a hungry, up-and-coming drama and doc producer that is prepared to get its hands dirty in the subject matters it will tackle. Our editorial line is simple: we worship at the feet of the great God Story. When cinematographer Conrad L. Hall was asked how he knew where to point the camera he answered: "I point the camera at the story". Our development and production philosophy here at Magamedia is similar - our energies are devoted to vigorously and rigorously pursuing great stories across drama and documentary.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Our Sport & Exercise Research Group seminar series continues on Wednesday March 1st at 2.15pm in the Moore Institute when Professor Philip Dine will present on “The World Comes to One Country: Migration, Cultures and Professional Rugby in France”  Further details on the talk are given below:  The World Comes to One Country: Migration, Cultures and Professional Rugby in France  Professor Philip Dine (National University of Ireland, Galway)  French rugby is a sport historically practiced in the ‘wrong’ place, for the ‘wrong’ reasons and in the ‘wrong’ way. Its most abiding social function has been as a marker of frequently belligerent local identities, with investment in the game, both moral and material, being almost always parochial in nature. This was reflected for much of the nominally amateur era by the French tolerance of both institutionalized violence and illicit payments to players. Crucially, this national distinctiveness has also included an authentically creative approach to the game on the pitch and intense scrutiny of its myriad meanings off it. Such debates have traditionally centred on the performances of the national side, but more recently have also highlighted both the commercial prioritization and the competitive attrition of the two club competitions that dominate modern French rugby, namely the Top 14 tournament and the European Champions Cup. In a related development, the increasingly transnational diversity of French teams in the professional era suggests that rugby may finally have joined the country’s other major athletic disciplines in crossing social boundaries in ways not possible in other spheres.  

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Catastrophic Echoes: Combinatory Cinema by Roderick Coover and Scott RettbergHuston Guest Session, March 9th, 2.30pm, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway  Filmmaker Roderick Coover and writer Scott Rettberg present selections from three of their CRchange studio projects http://www.crchange.net/  which integrate computational methods and digital arts practice to produce films that generate new versions on each run.  The Last Volcano (2010) tells a story of a catastrophic volcanic eruption and its aftermath is narrated by a Norwegian woman. As the narrative cycles a second time, the woman’s husband attempts to interrupt, questioning the disturbing history and trying to place it in historical time. The story references events of the distant past, but its setting and telling raise anxieties related to contemporary cycles of memory and forgetting.   Three Rails Live (2012), a web-based combinatory film developed by Rettberg, Coover, and Nick Montfort, produces new juxtapositions of image and text on each run, delivering narrative fragments from a contemporary story of personal and environmental dissolution sandwiched between “perverbs” that deliver a “moral” to each story. Toxi•City (2014) is a feature-length combinatory climate change film that layers segments of a speculative narrative of life in the toxic environment of the Delaware River Estuary after a series of hurricanes have devastated the landscape with the actual stories of area residents who perished during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Roderick Coover (b. 1967) is the creator or co-creator of works of digital, interactive and emergent cinema and digital arts such as Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project, and The Theory of Time. He is also the maker of documentary films and interactive, documentary research projects such as The Unknown Territories Project,  From Verite to Virtual: Conversations On The Frontiers Of Anthropology And Documentary Film, The Language of Wine: An Anthropology of Work Wine And The Senses and  Cultures In Webs: Working In Hypermedia With The Documentary Image. His works are designed for the screen, interactive media, database cinema, photographic installation, online multimedia publication, gaming platforms and other Web media, and he has been a pioneering creator of some of the earliest forms of interactive cinema and digital, ethnographic arts. His works — both of fact and fiction — blend arts and research, and blur conventional, disciplinary boundaries. His is also the author or co-author of numerous works about creative practice and theory in print, including the book, Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts (University of Chicago Press). He is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, Philadelphia, where he is the Founding Director of the PhD-MFA Program in Documentary Arts and Visual Research, the MA Program in mediaXarts:Cinema for New Technologies and Environments and the Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Practice. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (PhD 1999), Brown University (MA 1994) and Cornell University (1989). His work is internationally exhibited and reviewed, and he has received Fulbright, Mellon, Whiting and LEF awards, among others. Learn more about his work at roderickcoover.com.  Scott Rettberg (b. 1970) is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, The Catastrophe Trilogy, Three Rails Live, Toxi•City, Hearts and Minds: The Interrogations Project and others. His creative work has been exhibited both online and at art venues, including the Inova Gallery, Rom 8, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere.  Rettberg was the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project, from 2010-2013. Rettberg is leader of the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group and director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. Rettberg was the conference chair of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization international conference and festival in Bergen. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati (PhD 2002), Illinois State University (MA 1995), and Coe College (1992). Learn more about his work at retts.net.  

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Orla Fagan Guest Lecture Wednesday 15th February, 11-1pm ‌ Orla Fagan, a graduate of the MA in Public Advocacy and Activism will be our visiting speaker on Wednesday 15th February, 11-1 in Q1 (Huston). She has worked with the UN OCHA  in their response to various humanitarian crises including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, and most recently in Nigeria where the effects of Boko Haram’s activities have resulted in famine in many areas. She will talk about her experiences working with the UN, and the challenges and importance of getting media attention for these crises, including how to develop a communications strategy and useful media skills. All welcome. Read more about Orla 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Paul Webster Guest Lecture 9th Feb, 2:30pm Paul Webster is an award winning director from Navan, Co. Meath. He is a graduate of the MA in Production and Direction at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUIG). Paul was the winner of the Físín Pitching Award at the Dingle International Film Festival 2012 from which his film 'Stuama' received its funding. Paul directed the drama which won Best Irish Film at The Cork Underground Film Festival 2013. Paul went on to work in production for Element Pictures and later as script editor and writer on “Fair City”. Let Those Blues In, Paul’s documentary about Irish Blues musician, Paddy Smith, was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015 and it was chosen as the closing short film at The Craic Fest Irish Film Festival in New York, March 2016. Paul received a €35,000 production fund from Science Foundation Ireland and The Galway Film Centre as part of their Science On Screen documentary scheme. Also in 2016, Paul co-directed Borderland, a 26 documentary exploring the refugee crisis along Europe's Borders which will be screened during this guest session.

Monday, 30 January 2017

 Thursday February 2nd, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main  Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA, the acclaimed follow-up feature to Tomm Moore's, The Secret of Kells; Will received an ANNIE AWARD nomination for his ‘Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature’. Will also wrote, MY BROTHERS, his award-winning live-action debut feature which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh 2010. Will won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script IFTA, 2015 & 2011. Will has also written for television. He has lectured in Screenwriting in NUIG and has worked as a Script Editor. Will graduated from the Huston School’s MA in Screenwriting in 2006.

Friday, 27 January 2017

  Sport & Exercise Research Group Moore Institute, NUI Galway Monthly Research Seminar (First Wednesday of each month)    “A New Ireland Rises”? Sport and the Remembering of 1916 Dr. Seán Crosson (Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway) Wednesday, February 1st, 1pm Moore Institute (GO10) NUI Galway All welcome  Abstract: It is impossible  to fully appreciate the forces that led to the Easter Rising of 1916, the Rising itself and moreover how the Rising has been remembered and commemorated, without a consideration of sport. Indeed, the Rising began against the backdrop of one of the highlights of the Irish sporting calendar, the Irish Grand National. This paper considers one of the largest and most viewed sporting commemorative events in 2016, the Laochra pageant organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), and hosted at Croke Park stadium on Sunday April 24th, exactly one hundred years to the day after the first shots were fired in the Easter Rising. The GAA was a key force in defining Irish identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and it was one of the most active organisations in 2016 in evoking that period and commemorating events surrounding the Rising. I have included a question mark, however, in the title of this paper – taken from the title of the penultimate scene in the Laochra pageant - with regard to the new Ireland that is being configured through commemorative events such as Laochra, questioning both how ‘new’ these configurations actually are (given their indebtedness to older Irish iconography) and the problematic manner in which Irishness is being configured, particularly in terms of gender and militarism. Dr Seán Crosson Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media

Monday, 23 January 2017

Valediction: The Conditions of the University by Prof Rod Stoneman with an introduction by Prof Timothy Emlyn Jones Professor Rod Stoneman will deliver the lecture 'Valedication: The Conditions of the University' in Seminar Room GO10, Ground Floor, Hardiman Research Building, January 25th  between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. For further details contact karenm.walsh@nuigalway.ie An undergraduate in university in England during the 1970s, returning to tertiary education after work in the television and film industries with a university post in Ireland in 2003 – I offer this valedictory talk as a review of changing conditions of engagement: reflections on moments of rupture and continuity in a varied life of commitment, pleasure and “savage indignation”. As for Caravaggio’s luscious painting – the apprehension of the boy, the lizard’s bite, the realisation of the glass vase – I have never been able to explain to myself the relation between them. Professor Rod Stoneman

Monday, 23 January 2017

Huston School Guest Session; Leon Butler, Thursday January 26th, 2017, 2.30pm Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He graduated from Huston’s MA in Digital Media in 2009 and his final project animated film, Ghosts Before Dawn (2009), won the Gold Medal at the National Digital Media Awards. Since setting up his practice in 2010, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce the iconic Festival Poster in 2011. He has also worked with clients as diverse as Starbucks on their global holiday campaign, Druid Theatre on a promotional film for their iconic productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document his 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research interest areas include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography and in 2015 he completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016. Leon has recently completed a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny in their 72u program. In September 2016 he was appointed as a design innovation research fellow on the Techinnovate program at NUI Galway for 2016-17.

Friday, 20 January 2017

A big thank you to Huston School Alumnus Dearbhla Glynn for her fascinating presentation yesterday. Dearbhla spoke about her work in a presentation to students, staff and friends of the Huston School yesterday. For more information on the Huston School Guest lecture series, please see here.   Check out Huston Schools Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Huston School Guest Session: Dearbhla Glynn, Thursday January 19th, 2017, 2.30pm  Dearbhla Glynn is an award-winning artist, documentary filmmaker and teacher, specializing in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. Among her films are Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead (2010) which offered a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. Her 2013 feature film The Value of Women in The Congo documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. Film maker Kirsten Sheridan described the film as "a brave and delicately handled piece of war reportage. It is hard-hitting, while showing many sides of the story. It avoids sensationalism, while never shying away from the very difficult themes. It is an important, devastating piece of human rights documentary filmmaking”. Both films won Grand Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards. In this session at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Dearbhla will screen her films and discuss her process including the considerable challenges she has faced as a documentary filmmaker. Some of Dearbhla’s films can be found here: https://vimeo.com/dearbhlaglynn

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

   Huston School’s guest series continues in semester 2 in which a particular focus is put on returning graduates from our programmes who will share their experiences after leaving the school. Please note all sessions will be held on Thursdays at 2.30pm in Huston Main. Week 1: Editor JULIAN ULRICHSThursday January 12th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main Julian Ulrichs Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB, NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction in 2008 (NUI, Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an Assistant Editor (BEGIN AGAIN, FOYLE'S WAR) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama LOVE/HATE (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film DESASTER (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include JACK TAYLOR: SHOT DOWN (2014), John Carney's critically acclaimed musical-dramedy SING STREET (2016), which had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and, the soon to be released, SANCTUARY (Dir. Len Collin, 2016) and AN KLONDIKE SERIES 2 (Dir. Daithi Keane, 2016). He is currently working on BLACK 47, Lance Daly's new film set during the Great Irish Famine.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Huston Guest series returns in Semester 2 with a focus on graduates who will share their experiences.  Thursday January 12th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main    Julian Ulrichs ‌ Julian Ulrichs, completed an undergraduate degree in Law in 2006 (LLB, NUI Galway) before getting an MA in Production and Direction in 2008 (NUI, Huston School of Film & Digital Media). He started out as an     Assistant Editor (BEGIN AGAIN, FOYLE'S WAR) before progressing to Assembly Editor on the multi award-winning Irish crime drama LOVE/HATE (Series 3, 4 and 5) and the Justus Von Dohnanyi film DESASTER (2015). Since then he has edited a number of projects that include JACK TAYLOR: SHOT DOWN (2014), John Carney's critically acclaimed musical-dramedy SING STREET (2016), which had it's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and, the soon to be released, SANCTUARY (Dir. Len Collin, 2016) and AN KLONDIKE SERIES 2 (Dir. Daithi Keane, 2016). He is currently working on BLACK 47, Lance Daly's new film set during the Great Irish Famine. Thursday January 19th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main                           Dearbhla Glynn   Dearbhla Glynn is an award-winning artist, documentary filmmaker and teacher, specializing in explorations of conflict and its effect on women and children. Among her films are Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead (2010) which offered a personal insight into the day-to-day living conditions faced by the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million conflict-stricken inhabitants. Her 2013 feature film The Value of Women in The Congo documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. Film maker Kirsten Sheridan described the film as "a brave and delicately handled piece of war reportage. It is hard-hitting, while showing many sides of the story. It avoids sensationalism, while never shying away from the very difficult themes. It is an important, devastating piece of human rights documentary filmmaking”. Both films won Grand Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards. In this session at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Dearbhla will screen her films and discuss her process including the considerable challenges she has faced as a documentary filmmaker. Some of Dearbhla’s films can be found here: https://vimeo.com/dearbhlaglynn  Thursday January 26th, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main               Leon Butler   Leon Butler has worked across a broad range of positions in the media industry as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator. He graduated from Huston’s MA in Digital Media in 2009 and his final project animated film, Ghosts Before Dawn (2009), won the Gold Medal at the National Digital Media Awards. Since setting up his practice in 2010, he has worked with high-profile clients including the Galway International Arts Festival, who commissioned him to produce the iconic Festival Poster in 2011. He has also worked with clients as diverse as Starbucks on their global holiday campaign, Druid Theatre on a promotional film for their iconic productions, and musician Macklemore, who commissioned Leon to document his 2014 visit to Dublin’s O2 for two sold out shows. He has also developed many personal projects in animation, typography, children’s illustration and documentary. His research interest areas include adaptive interactions and experiences using available data in the public sphere and generative typography and in 2015 he completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York in this field. In 2016, Leon received a ‘Certificate of Typographic Excellence’ from the Type Directors Club in New York. The Design and Craft Council of Ireland listed Leon as one of their ‘Future Makers’ for 2016. Leon has recently completed a 12-week residency in Los Angeles with digital agency 72andSunny in their 72u program. In September 2016 he was appointed as a design innovation research fellow on the Techinnovate program at NUI Galway for 2016-17.  Thursday February 2nd, 2017, 2.30pm, Huston Main            Will Collins Will Collins is a screenwriter whose credits include the Oscar-nominated SONG OF THE SEA, the acclaimed follow-up feature to Tomm Moore's, The Secret of Kells; Will received an ANNIE AWARD nomination for his ‘Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature’. Will also wrote, MY BROTHERS, his award-winning live-action debut feature which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was the opening film of the Galway Film Fleadh 2010. Will won the Pitching Award at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2007 and was nominated for Best Film Script IFTA, 2015 & 2011. Will has also written for television. He has lectured in Screenwriting in NUIG and has worked as a Script Editor. Will graduated from the Huston School’s MA in Screenwriting in 2006.   Thursday February 9th, 2017, 2.30pm Huston Main         Paul Webster Paul Webster is an award winning director from Navan, Co. Meath. He is a graduate of the MA in Production and Direction at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media (NUIG). Paul was the winner of the Físín Pitching Award at the Dingle International Film Festival 2012 from which his film 'Stuama' received its funding. Paul directed the drama which won Best Irish Film at The Cork Underground Film Festival 2013. Paul went on to work in production for Element Pictures and later as script editor and writer on “Fair City”. Let Those Blues In, Paul’s documentary about Irish Blues musician, Paddy Smith, was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015 and it was chosen as the closing short film at The Craic Fest Irish Film Festival in New York, March 2016. Paul received a €35,000 production fund from Science Foundation Ireland and The Galway Film Centre as part of their Science On Screen documentary scheme. Also in 2016, Paul co-directed Borderland, a 26 documentary exploring the refugee crisis along Europe's Borders which will be screened during this guest session.  

Monday, 7 November 2016

Niall McCann and Lost in France, Thursday November 10th, 2pm, Huston School of Film & Digital Media. Niall McCann is a filmmaker and writer living in Dublin and originally from Dundalk, Ireland. He is the writer director of a number of creative documentaries for both TV and cinema. His debut film, Art Will Save the World released in 2013 and screened at a number of film festivals around the world to critical acclaim. Later the same year he followed this with the BAI/ Setanta funded An Exiles Home in the Bronx about Irish Emigrants living in New York. He is a graduate of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media’s MA in Production and Direction. Niall writes a weekly culture article for The Dundalk Democrat as well as other publications like The Thin Air and Ragged Words. Niall will be speaking regarding his current work in progress, the documentary Lost In France, whichwill be released in the UK and Ireland by Artificial Eye Curzon in March 2017. The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 and the Galway Film Fleadh 2016. Lost In France explores the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the ‘90s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground. Featuring The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand, and other seminal acts, this is an intimate film exploring friendship, creativity and music. On the journey, we re-visit a defining, chaotic trip early in the musicians’ careers – re-staging a concert in Brittany that connects the characters in life (and on stage) for the first time in many years.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Visitors from Trocairejoin us on 8th November with a screening of The Burning Question and Q&A to follow. 10.30 in Q1 at the Huston, all welcome! ‌

Thursday, 20 October 2016

  When: 1pm, Saturday 12th November Where: Theatre 1000, GMIT Main Campus, Dublin Road Tickets: Tickets cost €5. However, a number of places at no cost have been reserved for staff and students of the Huston. To reserve a place you must confirm your attendance to hustonfilmschool@nuigalway.ie by Friday 4th November.    Galway UNESCO City of Film is delighted to welcome Oscar-nominated Director, Lenny Abrahamson, to Galway on Saturday 12th November. The event is in association with GMIT and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, with support from the BAI and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Lenny will take part in an interview about his work with Conn Holohan, Acting Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway.   Lenny is one of Ireland’s most prolific directors and has directed some of Ireland’s best loved films including Adam and Paul and Garage. In 2016, Lenny was nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for Room, the film, based on an adaptation of Emma O’Donoghue’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for Best Picture with lead actress, Brie Larson, winning the Best Actress Award.   Galway City of Film is proud to welcome Lenny to Galway and we hope you can join us for a filmophile’s afternoon in November.   #GalwayCityofFilm    #CeantarScannán

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Screening of In Loving Memories5. 30 pm, Monday 24th OctoberHuston School NUI Galway This documentary film on the space of commemoration of theMagdalene Laundries will be followed by a Q&A with theCanadian filmmakerAdmission is free but please register by emailingmiriam.haughton@nuigalway.ie

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

2.00pm, Thursday 13th October, Huston School NUI Galway. We are delighted to welcome director and filmmaker Risteárd Ó Domhnaill for a screening of his feature-length, award winning , documentary Atlantic (c. 80mins) followed by a discussion and Q&A.   'Narrated by Emmy-award winning actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - bringing to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal communities and the resources they rely on are fast approaching a point of no return. Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, Atlantic brings to the fore three very intimate stories from the global resource debate. It explores how modern day communities must learn from the past, in order to secure a brighter future.'http://www.theatlanticstream.com/

Friday, 23 September 2016

7.00 pm, Wednesday 28th September, Huston School NUI Galway. T H E  D I S A S T E R  A R T I S T: Inside The Room with Greg Sestero  ADMISSION FREE - ALL WELCOME!! Greg is the co-star of cult film The Room (2003) and best-selling author of the The Disaster Artist, a memoir of his time as an aspiring actor in Hollywood and his bizarre friendship with Tommy Wiseau - the mysterious director of The Room (named the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) who claimed to be the next Marlon Brando.  The Disaster Artist garnered critical acclaim and commercial success and was subsequently adapted into the film, The Masterpiece by actor/director James Franco starring Dave and James Franco as Greg and Tommy, and an A-List ensemble cast featuring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Stone, Bob Odenkirk, Hannibal Burress, Alison Brie, Zach Braff, Melanie Griffith, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver and many more.  This special event at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media is a chance to see and hear Greg's amazing experiences with an exclusive behind the scenes Making of The Room documentary, Disaster Artist reading, Q+A and have the chance to participate in a live reading of scenes from the original script of The Room - and much more!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9lC7IBJvI 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

  On Sunday July 10, 2016 the 28th Galway Film Fleadh came to a close, following another outstanding year of Irish and international film premieres, screenings, workshops and discussions. The annual awards ceremony took place after the Fleadh’s annual Public Interview, in which renowned director Jim Sheridan regaled a packed Town Hall Theatre and graduates of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media were among the winners. Directed by Len Collin , MA Production & Direction 2013 , Sanctuary, the film adaptation of the acclaimed Blue Teapot play of the same name, won Best Feature award. Trailer available to view here.   Janet Hayes, MA Screenwriting 2015 won the prestigious Pitching Award with Edges which has been opted by Hot Drop Films. Janet is the  writer /creator of the recent Storyland entry ‘Quinn & O’Grady’ and is currently part of the ‘Fair City’ training scheme.      

Friday, 23 September 2016

CONSTRAINED CREATIVITY: FILM MUSIC IN CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD   Thursday, September 29th, 2:30 – 4pm Speaker: Dr. Mladen Milicevic, Loyola Marymount University School of Film, Los Angeles. This illustrated lecture explores contemporary practices of scoring in the ever more creatively and financially constrained domain of film music. Mladen Milicevic is a composer of experimental music, sound installation, and film music including The Room (2003)