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Co-Directors of the film Charlie Gorman's Wake Paul Pender and Katie Morris are triple threats in their own right with writing, acting and directing credits to their names. Pender is the chief engine behind the film. As the playwright of the theatrical version of the story, Paul has brought an amalgamation of characters from his long history as a touring musician and pub owner to life in this romantic comedy about friendship and redemption. As co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company, Kat... [Read more]
Shaun Donnelly came to the US from Armagh City in Northern Ireland and plays pub regular Johnny Devlin in the film Charlie Gorman's Wake. In the interview below, Shaun talks about the relationship between tough love and Irish humor.
Terry Remeika and Brian Beirne star as mother and son Mrs. Gorman and Ossie Gorman, the owners of Gorman’s pub in the theatrical and film versions of Charlie Gorman's Wake. Both actors cut their teeth in theatre performing in stage classics. In the interview below, Terry and Brian discuss their characters’ relationship as the widow and son of the original owner of Gorman’s Bar.
Actor Aaron McNicholl hails all the way from Dungannon, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the US during The Troubles. In the film Charlie Gorman's Wake, Aaron plays a pub regular named Mick Morris who gets into a particular bit of troubles himself under the influence of impaired judgement. In the interview below Aaron talks about the unique nature of the work and the play on which it was based.
Charlie Starrs emigrated to the US over 40 years ago from Omagh, Ireland and founded the Gaelic Players to bring high-quality Irish theatre to the greater New Haven area. In Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Starrs plays Father Ward, a ball-breaking priest with a penchant for mischief. In this interview, Starrs talks about the legacy of Irish literature in the work of writer/director Paul Pender.
In both the play as well as the film version of Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Peter Lynch stars as the titular Charlie Gorman, a pub regular in the fictional Irish village of Ballycarraig who finds a home away from home in a pint of Guinness along with the other denizens of Gorman’s Bar. Peter himself comes all the way from the “People’s Republic of Cork” and began performing with the New Haven Gaelic Players in 1980. Check out Peter’s take on the character in the video below.
Back in the early 90s, filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and Kevin Smith re-ignited interest in low-budget independent filmmaking with the success of films like El Mariachi, Slacker and Clerks on estimated budgets of $7,000, $23,000 and $27,000 respectively. Mariachi’s dirty little secret is that it cost Columbia another $200,000 to transfer the print to film and fix the sound, but Rodriguez wouldn’t have had that problem today. Apple’s introduction of a 4K-capable Mac Pro an... [Read more]

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In light of the recent NSA* leaks regarding the PRISM and Boundless Informant programs, I’ve decided to come forward and detail our own secret technological advances in order to establish a more transparent and open society. Somewhat smaller in scope, our project was likely conceived in a fashion similar to the NSA’s total information awareness initiative (in a room, with chairs, and probably a table; we both used computers). While the NSA is pulling down billions of pieces of intelligence a m... [Read more]
Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of Charlie Gorman's Wake on the set at The Old Dublin in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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Indie Film Diary: DIY

May 17, 2013
These days, independent filmmakers have a wide variety of resources at their disposal for achieving a professional look for minimal cost. Online DIY gurus like the folks over at Indymogul and Film Riot have done a ton of homework to bring you no-nonsense, cost-effective ways to build Home Depot versions of the gear the pros use. For our fundraising video we decided to save a few bucks while investigating whether or not DIY Kinos and a shoulder rig would be viable on the actual production.[more... [Read more]