IN RIBBONS: Going Public!

It’s been over two years since we released IN RIBBONS onto the festival circuit, and we have enjoyed the many accolades and awards that it has gathered along the way. It has been an amazing journey, and we are delighted to announce that our film is now available to view at this link:

https://vimeo.com/95428913

We hope you will check it out and let us know your thoughts. An Independent production, IN RIBBONS is written by Caroline E. Farrell and directed/edited by Marie Valerie Jeantelot, with line production and set design by Tom Dowling, sound and music by Neil Horner and cinematography by Basil Al-Rawi. The theme of the film is resilience and through a highly visual and sensory narrative, tells the story of a little girl’s journey to an orphanage in 1960’s Ireland.

Once again, we sincerely thank everyone who got involved in helping us along the way. We could not have made IN RIBBONS without our talented cast and crew and our many supporters who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign. We would also like to thank Kildare County Arts Service for the 2013 bursary that helped enormously to get our production up and running.

Huge appreciation to the many, many festivals (over 35 of them!) that screened, and awarded our film with such coveted accolades, including the Jury Prize at the Worcestershire Film Festival 2015. Best Experimental Film at both the Los Angeles Cinefest, February 2016 and The Seadance Film Festival, Spain 2016. Best Director [Marie Valerie Jeantelot] and Best Sound [Neil Horner] at the Wolves Independent IFF in Lithuania, 2016. Merit Award for Best Short Film at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Merit Award for Women Filmmakers at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Semi-Finalist for Best Short Film at Swedish Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – London Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – Lisbon International Film Festival, 2016. Finalist for Best Short Film at London Film Awards, 2015. Merit Award for Best Drama – International New York Film Festival, 2015. Nominated for Best Connection of Sound & Image. Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany, 2015. Also selected for Dingle FF, Cork Indie FF, Belfast FF, Fastnet FF, Waterford FF, Clare Island FF, Sky Road FF, Underground FF, Richard Harris FF, Seattle Irish Reels USA, Castellaneta FF, Italy and many more! It was also the only Irish film to feature in the Arts and Cinema Corner at the Women Deliver Global Conference in Copenhagen, 2016.

Most of all, we are grateful to the following for their collaboration, commitment and expertise in helping to tell this story:
Our Cast: Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan, Sinead Monaghan, Rebecca Waldron, Tara Maher and our extras, Jason Cullen, Ollie O’Brien, Molly Byrne and Ava Haskins.
Our Crew: Basil Al Rawi, Neil Horner, Tom Dowling, Stewart Lambert, Adrian Moylan , Elga Hick, Amy O’Neill, Errol Farrell, Lee Farrell, Senan Farrell, Caitriona Costello and Brendán O’Meachair de Búrca. Thank you all so very much!

In Ribbons: Screenings, Nominations and Awards

Indie Cork Film Festival, 2016

World of Film International Film Festival, Glasgow, 2016

Semi-Finalist in the Swedish International Film Festival, 2016

MERIT AWARD for Best Short – Indiefest Film Awards, 2016

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MERIT AWARD for Women Filmmakers – Indiefest Film Awards, 2016

Jehlum, India Short & Long Film Festival, 2016

Castellaneta Film Festival, 2016 16th July – Puglia, Italy

WINNER of Best Experimental Film – Los Angeles Cinefest (Feb) 2016

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NOMINATED for Best Experimental Film – London Film Festival, 2016

NOMINATED for Best Experimental Film – Lisbon International Film Festival, 2016

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WINNER of Best Sound – Wolves Independent Film Festival (winter) 2016

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WINNER of Best Director – Wolves Independent Film Festival (winter) 2016

 

Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival, March 2016 – Seattle, USA

Arts & Cinema Corner, Women Deliver 4th Global Conference, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Royal Film Festival, 2016 – Benton, USA

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WINNER of Best Experimental Film – Seadance Film Festival (Jan) 2016

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MMP Belgium Online Short Film Festival, 2016 – Belgium

Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, 2016 – USA

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Women’s Director International Film Festival, 2016 New Dehli, India

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Roma Cinema DOC, 2016 – Rome, Italy

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Dingle International Film Festival, 2016 – Kerry, Ireland

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Shortfest International Film Festival, 2016 Malta

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OFFICIAL FINALIST – London Film Awards, 2015

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MERIT AWARD for Best Drama – International New York Film Festival, 2015

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Los Angeles Independant Film Festival Awards, 2015

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Waterford Film Festival, 2015

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WINNER of the Grand Jury Prize – Worcestershire Film Festival 2015

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Braunschweig International Film Festival, 2015 Germany. NOMINATED for Best Connection of Sound & Image

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Richard Harris International Film Festival, 2015. Limerick

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Sky Road TV & Film Festival, 2015 Galway

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Clare Island Film Festival, 2015. Ireland

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Underground Cinema Film Festival, 2015 Dun Laoghaire. NOMINATED for Best Cinematography

Official Selection UCFF 2015

Galway Film Fleadh, 2015 – Short Film Slam

Corti Da Sogni International Film Festival, 2015 Ravenna, Italy. NOMINATED for the European Fiction Award and Most Creative Short Film***

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Fastnet Short Film Festival, Schull, 2015

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Maynooth Film For All, Maynooth University, 2015

Belfast Film Festival, 2015

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IN RIBBONS to Screen at Women Deliver World Conference 2016

Delighted in me bones that IN RIBBONS will screen at the prestigious Women Deliver World Conference 2016, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 16th – 19th. This global conference unites thousands of world influencers, policymakers, activists, journalists, and young people from over 150 countries to spotlight solutions and focus on how to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) matter most for girls and women. Founder Jill Sheffield and CEO Katja Iverson articulate concisely the aim of the conference, “Our message is simple and powerful: Sustainable development is possible only when girls and women are healthy and thriving. Women deliver so much more than babies. They deliver for themselves, their families, their communities, and their societies. When you invest in girls and women, there is a ripple effect and everybody wins.”

Screening at the Arts and Cinema Corner, an initiative which aims to transform a section of the conference into a creative space for showcasing international artists and creative work, I can’t articulate enough what an absolute honour it is for all involved to be part of a conference that advocates for women’s rights, health and well-being in such a prestigious and meaningful process. And it is such a credit to the conference organisers through their recognition and showcasing of how the medium of film can have a place in expressing the profound and the important through the universal language of visceral image and action. The only Irish film to screen amongst an amazing selection from all over the world, it will be shown on Wednesday,18th May. In addition to lunchtime workshops with world-renowned directors, producers, and poets, partial film screenings will run consecutively throughout the three days.

An Independent production, part personal money, part crowdfunded and also part funded through a bursary award from Kildare County Council Arts Service, IN RIBBONS is beautifully directed/edited by Marie Valerie Jeantelot. Starring Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan and Rebecca Waldron, line produced and set design by Tom Dowling, sound and music by Neil Horner and cinematography by Basil Al-Rawi, the theme of the film is resilience and through a highly visual and sensory narrative, tells the story of a little girl’s journey to an orphanage in 1960’s Ireland. The film continues to screen at festivals worldwide and has won coveted awards including the Jury Prize at the Worcestershire Film Festival 2015, Best Experimental Film at both the Los Angeles Cinefest, February 2016 and The Seadance Film Festival, Spain 2016, and was also awarded Best Director [Marie Valerie Jeantelot] and Best Sound [Neil Horner] at the Wolves Independent IFF in Lithuania, 2016.

More information on the conference can be found on their website

 

Women in Film : Cinewoman Cahiers Interview

Delighted to be featured alongside IN RIBBONS director Marie Valerie Jeantelot in this lovely interview for Cinewoman Cahiers

So what is IN RIBBONS about?

Oft asked question. And not one that can ever be summed up in one clinical logline. When you see our short film, and I hope there will be many, many opportunities to do so, you’ll know more about what it is through the visual experience of it, and that’s why I wrote it sans dialogue.

I’m a fan of the less-is-more in most areas of life, but especially so in writing, and believe that scripts should be sparse enough to let a story unfold with unhindered visualisation. I get exhausted by endless dialogue, whether on the page or off it, and after all, actions speak louder than words; it is between the gaps that life is lived.

We experience each transient moment though all of our senses; how we feel is what stays with us. In my creation of it, IN RIBBONS is a feeling. A little girl’s feeling her way through a journey that she has no control over; a journey that will change her life forever. For the viewer, it is about seeing that journey through her very young and inexperienced eyes and perhaps, through our own emotions, we feel HER.

It is not a judgemental journey. It does not sensationalize that which is very personal and profound – not just for ‘Laurie’ – but for thousands of ‘forever’ children like her, taken on that same journey, some unwittingly tricked, some kicking and screaming, some so damaged, so desensitized that it didn’t really matter what the destination.

All need to be acknowledged. I hope IN RIBBONS does that, and in a respectful, honourable way. Telling it as it was; un-uttered explanations; unapologetic abandonment; unyielding walls. But also, and more importantly, it is an ode to the warriors. It is a eulogy to the human condition of unbreakable spirit.

Locked doors keep the darkness of that ‘otherworld’ inside, where the victim of the victim remains. In the stifle, in the grey deafening. And when they are gone, and we can’t remember who they were, but what they did, dear heart, the tears go wandering also.  So what is IN RIBBONS about? It is how a warrior earned her shield.

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The Memory Wandering…

I don’t claim to know that much in regard to all things poetic, and would never describe myself as such, but occasionally, in moments of emotive thought or reflection, I jot down what comes to the page and let it be.

The Memory Wandering was written some time ago and is themed around forgiveness and letting go. Common enough themes for humanity, but often the most difficult to get a handle on and more than often, unresolved.

Director of IN RIBBONS, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, read the poem and decided to include it at the closing of our film, and in a wonderful gesture, her father, Charles Jeantelot, has translated it into French, that most beautiful language of the romantics.

La Mémoire Divaguant
La mémoire divaguant de la conscience
Et victime de victime demeure
Dans la suffocation
Dans le gris assourdissant
Et quand ils sont partis
Et quand on ne se souvient plus de ce qu’ils furent
Mais de ce qu’ils avaient fait
Cher cœur 
Les larmes s’en vont divaguant a leur tour
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 Not many of us can walk through life without heartache, or the lingering weight of it, so, I’m putting The Memory Wandering out there, as a gift to anyone, whom in any way, might find it helpful. PEACE X

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In Ribbons: Part Two of an update for our Investors and Supporters

So how did you spend your May Bank Holiday Weekend?

Rebecca Waldron

Rebecca Waldron

Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O’Donnell

Geraldine McAlinden

Geraldine McAlinden

Melissa Nolan

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Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, Basil Al-Rawi, Stewart Lambert and Adrian Moylan

Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, Basil Al-Rawi, Stewart Lambert and Adrian Moylan

Tom Dowling

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IN RIBBONS has wrapped! THANKYOU zaps to the brilliant cast and crew that assembled and worked so diligently to visualise my script into something that we all believe will be quite wonderful…and very beautiful. Thanks also to our extras, to building managers for the sanction of our locations, and to everyone who invested in our project. Donations have ensured that we have been able to pay up-front, or to pledge fees for work done, all of which will be honoured by the producers. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/inribbonsmovie

Featured photographs: Errol Farrell. 2013

IN RIBBONS…Part one of an update for our investors and supporters

The project has been quietly and steadily gathering momentum, attracting support, investment and mind-blowingly talented people, either willing to give their hard-earned cash, or time and talent to realising my dream, and that of director, Marie-Valerie Jeantelot; to get IN RIBBONS onto the big screen.

First off, the production team is now a force of nature, and frankly, I’m humbled to be working with the likes of them!

Tom Dowling has come on board as Production Line Manager. Tom has over 21 years experience working in the Irish film industry, with responsibility for scheduling, budgeting and health & safety procedures in the art departments of many major feature films, such as, Michael Collins, In America, Becoming Jane, Laws of Attraction, The Old Curiosity Shop, Adam and Paul, Omagh, as well as a number of TV series, such as Ballykissangel and Bachelor’s Walk. Over the years Tom has worked alongside Academy Award winners, Josie MaCavin, Gianni Quaranta and Brian Auckland-Snow, as well as Oscar nominated Production Designers, Anthony Pratt, Nathan Crowley and Eve Stewart. Tom has been working diligently of late, scouting for locations for the IN RIBBONS shoot, and we are getting very close to pinning down those locations.

Marie-Valerie Jeantelot, our Director, is quite simply, a visionary of extraordinary talent. Having written and directed her own short films, Nail Chain, Yinyang, and a documentary, Brown Gold, since completing her HND in Film & TV production in 2011, Marie-Valerie has worked on several productions such as, Derelict, and Barry’s Bespoke Bakery. Also, a talented artist, Marie-Valerie’s storyboards keep on attracting us into the world she is creating for IN RIBBONS, and are proving to be very collectible keepsakes for our investors!

Basil Al-Rawi, our cinematographer, is a graduate of the National Film School at IADT.  He has worked on a variety of projects including artist films, commissions, shorts, music videos and a feature film, with many being selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Cork Film Festival, Darklight Festival and IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival amongst others. Basil co-produced and shot ‘Opus K’, an independent Irish feature film which premiered in Galway in 2011 and showed as part of the IFI’s Ireland on Sunday season. His photographic work is not confined to the moving image; he exhibited a photographic series during the PhotoIreland Festival in 2011, and at the Ambika P3 in London in September 2012. Basil has recently graduated with an MA in photographic studies from the University of Westminster. He has also been keeping busy, currently working with Marie-Valerie on test shoots for IN RIBBONS.

Neil Horner, on music and sound design, is a classically trained guitarist. He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music and New Park School of Music. He has worked on a number of award-winning shorts, features and documentaries, and his music and sound design draws heavily on the subtle but unnoticed sounds and rhythms of the natural world. I have heard snippets of the soundtrack that Neil is working on for IN RIBBONS, and quite simply, it is captivating.

Amy O’Neill, our make-up artist, is based at Make Up For Ever, working with many clients from the fashion, theatre, music and celebrity world. She has worked on shoots for Expose, Fred Perry, TV Now, Stellar, Kiss, RTE Guide. She also worked on ADAM, the short film. She also specializes in body art and theatrical make-up and Amy has just returned from Paris, where she studied with Parisian artist, sculptor and theatre make-up specialist, Dany Sanz.

Caitríona Costello, the third co-producer to come on board the IN RIBBONS team, is an independent film producer. She set up Red Splash Productions in 2011, and has produced short films, a feature documentary and currently a feature film. Caitríona has a background in business and accounting. She holds a BA (hons) Degree in Production Management, and has produced short films, Bayonet, Something Unexpected, and the documentaries, Gloves and Glory and Bee no More. Caitríona is currently working on funding opportunities for IN RIBBONS.

And then, there is me…writer and also co-producing,  you can read more here:https://carolinefarrell.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/about-caroline/?preview=true&preview_id=1298&preview_nonce=c525b5d3f9

The IN RIBBONS fundraising campaign at http://www.inribbons.com/. If you would like to see more on the project, or get connected by becoming an investor, please check it out.

Featured Photo is the copyright of Tom Dowling. 2013. On a recent recce with the IN RIBBONS crew…next time, I’ll be updating you on the cast and the latest news on the production.

In Ribbons: The Roll of Honour, and all credit to our Investors!

All hail to our generous investors, donating their hard-earned cash to help us make our film. Everyone on this list will get a credit on the film…if you want to get involved, check out our website: http://www.inribbons.com/

Errol Farrell – Executive Producer

Charles Jeantelot – Executive Producer

Mairtin de Barra

David Meredith

Niall Murphy

Darren Kelly

Brian MacEvilly

Bernice O’Reilly

Niall Queenan

Mary Brady

Katie Miller

Melissa Nolan

Andrew Moynihan

Sinead O’Riordan

Eilis Mernagh

Errol Leigh Farrell

Lee Farrell

Shannon Moncrief

John Snee

Celine Broughal

Mike Murray

Frances Brosnan

Ita & Mel Collins

Geraldine O’Sullivan

Frank Kelly

Eoin Rogers

Brendan O’Neill

Gabriela Gonzalez

Julie Roycroft

Fiona White

Lee Lindsay

Trish Groves

Feargal Murphy

Daragh Wickham

Brian Wickham

Maeve O’Connor

Valeria Cavalli

Emily Hetzel

Rui Vieira

In Ribbons: Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time, in an era of spirographs and sheena dolls, when ‘Hey Jude’ was the hit song of the day, there lived a very little girl.

A creature of quietude and intensity, she looked to the grown-ups and found that they didn’t make any sense to her, with their secrets, their muffled conversations and their lengthy silences.

Not that she was a big talker herself, but she listened, a lot…

She liked to be in her room. Alone. This was her imagination place, where her doe-eyed teddy bears and smooth-skinned dolls listened patiently to her made-up stories, and starred centre-stage in her made-up games.

And then, one day, everything changed…

In Ribbons is a journey. A dark fairytale, a cautionary fable and a glimpse of social history that captures the zeitgeist of a time probably best left to history…

We are now into the second phase of our fundraising campaign to make this short film, written by yours truly and to be directed by the very talented Marie-Valerie Jeantelot. So far, we have raised $1090, which amounts to €817. Less Indiegogo charges of 9%,  the final amount raised during this first phase was €743. With a dedicated cast and crew willing to give their time and unique talents, we are eternally grateful to our supporters / donors who have already dug deep and helped us out with their contributions. Because of their generosity, already,  Marie-Valerie and her crew have been able to use some of this money to carry out a test shoot which resulted in the following new trailer:http://vimeo.com/58193801

We are now openly seeking donations again, no amount too small or too large, to make up the remainder of the €3,500 that we need to complete In Ribbons. The money will be used to pay cast and crew, and to cover insurance and hire of equipment, transport, catering, sets, costume and location fees. Please check out our website here:http://www.inribbons.com/

If you have already given us some of your hard-earned cash, once again, we thank you. You are now fully-fledged members of the In Ribbons tribe…if you’d like to donate, we thank you in advance, and please do check out the goodies that could be winging your way, should you decide to help us out…

Featured Image is the copyright of Marie-Valerie Jeantelot. 2013