What happens when scientists and filmmakers collide and what stories emerge? This was the question posed by ‘Science on Screen’, an initiative from Galway UNESCO City of Film with Galway Film Centre, CÚRAM at NUI Galway and with the support of Science Foundation of Ireland. The result has been two documentaries, which feature the groundbreaking world of medical device research taking place in CÚRAM.
Both documentaries, Feats Of Modest Valour and Mending Legends, will screen as part of this year’s Galway Film Fleadh at 10am on Sunday 16th July in the Town Hall Theatre Studio.
Feats of Modest Valour, is a touching portrait of three individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and the scientists who are developing a new medical device, which could potentially halt or even cure the disease; and Mending Legends, looks at the devastating effects of tendon injury on sports people and the team of scientists who are working to form the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype.
In Feats of Modest Valour we meet three individuals living with the physical challenges of Parkinson’s. Brian Carney from County Mayo works on the family farm, while Milena Lulic who lives in Galway city recounts her days in World War II in Croatia. Also Tom Hickey, Irish actor who recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Abbey Theatre from the President Michael D. Higgins, talks about how suffering for his art takes on a whole new meaning with the disease. Meanwhile, scientists led by Dr. Eilis Dowd continue searching for a way to halt the disease. The film is co-directed and co-produced by Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell of Ishka Films.
In Mending Legends, presented by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, we meet Jessie Barr who just missed out on the Rio 2016 Olympics due to tendon injury, made all the more bittersweet by her brother’s fourth placing in the 400m hurdles at those very same events. Pádraic Joyce, Galway football legend, also recounts playing through the pain for the love of the game. The exciting research led by Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis that is taking place at CÚRAM, in NUI Galway, could make huge differences to sports people of the future. The film is produced by James Ryan of StationHouse Media in Kilbannon, Co. Galway and directed by Paul Webster.
Tickets for the screening are FREE but need to be booked here: http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/index.php/project/science-on-screen/
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