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Filmmakers selected for ‘Science on Screen’ 2016 commissions

Galway UNESCO City of Film with Galway Film Centre, in association with the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) and Science Foundation Ireland recently selected two projects as part of the Science on Screen 2016 commissions.

Feats of Modest Valour will investigate three individuals’ challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s. The film will also feature the team of dedicated scientists in Galway who are developing a new medical device, which could potentially halt or even cure the devastating disease. Woven together with observation and animation, the film invites us to witness the story of groundbreaking medical science taking place in Galway and the profound impact this will have on people with Parkinson’s Disease, both nationally and worldwide.

Filmmakers Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell are combining forces to co-direct and co-produce Feats of Modest Valour. Mia Mullarkey is an award-winning documentary and music video director based in Dublin. In 2011 she set up an independent production company called Ishka Films and her work has screened at national and international festivals. Alice McDowell is an Australian documentary filmmaker currently living in Galway. With a focus on art, human rights and diversity, she has produced, directed and edited films both locally and internationally.

‘Mending Legends’ will explore the physical and psychological impact of tendon injuries amongst sports players and will visit the team of Galway-based scientists who are trying to design a new type of tendon implant – in the form of the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. Sports fanatic and seasoned sports presenter, Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill, will present a number of informative interviews with scientists involved in this field of research and through the personal experiences of amateur and professional sports people, this documentary will highlight the progressive attitudes towards scientific research in Ireland – and what it could mean to the world of sport.

Mending Legends is Directed by Paul Webster. Most recently, Paul directed ‘Let Those Blues In’, which had its premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2015 and was the winner of Best Short Documentary in association with RTE at The Sky Road Film Festival, Clifden, Co. Galway in October 2015. Paul is also a previous ‘Físín’ award winner from the Dingle International Film Festival.

James Ryan of County Galway-based StationHouse Media is producing Mending Legends. James has previously worked freelance as Co-Producer on TG4’s Garraí Glas, as well as Production Manager on the IFTA-winning Fleadh TV coverage and on numerous documentary series, such as ‘Guth’, ‘Mobs Cheanada’, and ‘Éalú’.

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