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A father and son's struggle.  A last chance...
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151 backers pledged $20,339 to help bring this project to life.

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Written and Directed By: Gerard Hurley

Executive Producer: Jim Stark

"Among other pictures drawing positive notice was Gerard Hurleyʼs beautifully composed, gorgeously acted The Pier. It tells a common story in Irish literature and film: the returning emigrant confronts what has changed and what has remained the same. The director plays a man who, told his father (Karl Johnson) is dying, travels from New York to Cork to discover the old codger looking a little healthier than expected. An amusing, touching battle of wills then develops. The picture never comes close to striking a bum note."

Donald Clarke - The Irish Times Film Critic

WHY ARE WE RAISING MONEY?

We've made it this far. THE PIER is as an award winning film that has been well received in film festivals all over the world...yet...we still need to get the funds to place it in U.S theaters for a limited run.  All money raised will serve the purpose to make certain that THE PIER is seen by an audience...here's hoping that it will be seen with your help.

"In The Pier, it was important to me to stay honest and show humble people bravely facing their lives. I wanted to honor the part of the world I come from - a place which is generally glossed over by a cloud of vapid clichés in Hollywood movies." --Gerard Hurley, THE PIER Director/Writer/Actor

AN AWARD WINNING FILM WITH BIG HEART & SMALL FUNDS

THE PIER was made with only a micro budget of $100,000 Euros (at the time the exchange rate would be approx $130,000 U.S).  Despite all odds it has had enormous success at over 30 International festivals.  We've come this far, and THE PIER deserves to be seen on the big screen.  We have a reasonable request for funds so that we can screen in the major cities across the U.S for a limited run. We can do this if we hit our goal on Kickstarter.

Let's face it, even though our film is called "a little gem" by The Irish Times...it still needs to be seen.  Please help us to make that happen.

BEATING THE ODDS

The Cork Independent writes:

The returning emigrant is often filled with conflicted thoughts about Ireland and this is captured beautifully in the film. Hurley shares this apparently contradictory attitude too.

“I feel a deep sadness and anger when I think of Ireland because it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet and there is a depth and beauty to the Irish psyche, but also a strain of conformity that allowed us to be manipulated historically by the church and the British and in contemporary times by corrupt politicians, the elite and the trappings of consumerism.

“Now that everything has collapsed economically and a lot of people are hurting, my hope is that people will rise and take back what’s theirs,” he adds.

However his reason for making the film was not to highlight this but something entirely different. “Basically I wanted to honor the world I come from; not just West Cork but culturally and emotionally as a person who comes from rural Ireland.

“I am sick to death of the stupid way we are portrayed in cinema as a race, of course there have been exceptions but they are few and far between.”

--Beating the Odds, The Cork Independent http://corkindependent.com/stories/item/7154/2012-5/Beating-the-odds

INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION AND WELL REVIEWED

THE PIER is an award winning film that has played at over 30 (yes 30!) International Film Festivals but still struggles to get distribution funds in order to show it on the big screen where it belong. Please help us to raise funds for THE PIER'S U.S premiere. Thanks so much for your consideration! We hope you like the trailer and please support by grabbing a reward.

THE PIER Partners/Supporters:

The Irish Film Board http://www.irishfilmboard.ie/

The Irish American Cultural Institute  www.iaci-usa.org/

The Irish Film Institute http://www.irishfilm.ie/

Railroad Square Cinema http://www.railroadsquarecinema.com/

Maine International Film Festival http://www.miff.org/

New York Irish Center   http://www.newyorkirishcenter.org/

Centre for Creative Practices  www.cfcp.ie 

Irish Abroad  http://www.irishabroad.com

The Driscolls of Canada - http://www.odriscoll-canada.com/

The Power Clan Gathering http://powerclangathering.com/

McAuliffe Clan Gathering Facilitator

Irish Gathering www.irishgathering.ie

Celtic Guide http://www.thecelticguide.com/

Peter Cox Landscape Photography  http://petercox.ie/

Ireland Reaching Out http://www.irelandxo.com/

...with more to come!

WE'RE IN THE NEWS

Our campaign is gathering supporters. Check out our review from 

The Gathering:

http://www.thegatheringireland.com/I-Love-Ireland/I-Love-Ireland-Blog/January-2013/Rural-Ireland-on-the-silver-screen.aspx

Failte32:

http://www.failte32.org/2013/01/new-york-film-premiere-the-pier-2011/

Celtic Blog (2/4/13):

http://celticguide.blogspot.com/

ENJOY OUR REWARDS

For filmmakers, we have a Q & A online session with renowned Executive Producer Jim Stark (Coffee & Cigarettes among other films).  By donating you can join an online conversation with Jim in a Q & A about low budget filmmaking.  Here's a chance to learn from a Veteran in the industry. 

For film lovers we have digital downloads, dvds, film momentos and other rewards. Thanks so much to everyone for pledging!

REWARD ITEMS

Irish Family Owned Business Copper Bracelets

Copper Bracelet choice A
Copper Bracelet choice A
Copper Bracelet choice B
Copper Bracelet choice B

MAIRI STONE Ceramic Made by local Irish Artist Inspired by the Coast

Local Made Irish Art. Individually designed and hand built. This piece is particularly inspired by the wet, shiny rocks, the vivid blue of the seas on a clear day and the flora that can be seen along West Corks coastline.
Local Made Irish Art. Individually designed and hand built. This piece is particularly inspired by the wet, shiny rocks, the vivid blue of the seas on a clear day and the flora that can be seen along West Corks coastline.

SIGNED PIC SELECTION

Choose any of the pics you see on this page for our signed pic selection.

Check out more reviews AND here:

KARL JOHNSON [THE PIER] gets BEST ACTOR AWARD at ZADAR IFF CROATIA

http://thepierfilm.com/blackequusfilm.html

Don't forget to post a link on facebook and/or tweet about us!

Like us on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pier/253935237955507?fref=ts

Risks and challenges

WHY WE NEED YOU?

A decade ago, internationally known Irish Filmmakers were few and far between.

We've made advances but despite significant critical acclaim...filmmakers are still struggling to get Irish films into the world where they belong. Luckily IFB and other amazing organizations have joined to support in spreading the word on THE PIER, as well as other films that are having a hard time reaching a wider audience. They believe that it is important to support our film and to give it a fighting chance to succeed by promoting our film. However THE PIER team has to crowd source in order to reach the final piece of the puzzle, and raise the final money needed for U.S Distribution.

Gerard wrote, and directed this film...and managed to raise the $100,00 Euros (equaling approx $130,000 U.S) needed to create it with the help of some very talented people including veteran Producer, Jim Stark. It's not a matter of if the film gets made...it's a matter of helping us to place it into theaters so that the audience can enjoy a film made on sheer guts, heart, and limited funds.

With that said a challenge we may need to overcome in completing THE PIER's goal of distribution and fulfilling your rewards would be the time frame. Once we receive funding from kickstarter, we will have to arrange theatrical distribution. That time frame may change (for theatrical premiere rewards) and we will make certain to update our backers, as well as honor their rewards (making sure to tell you in ample time so that you can still attend our premiere) via updates.

In addition the Q & A with Jim Stark will have to work according to his schedule as time allows. However we will have at least two time availabilities and dates to confirm.

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    All of the above plus THE PIER Collectors Signed postcard by Director Gerard Hurley.

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    Your name as a Distribution Angel on THE PIER website Thank you wall, Digital Download, plus invite to online streaming. Choose from 3 options : THE PIER Q & A with Jim Stark, The Pier's Executive Producer and industry veteran; Gerard Hurley Director/Writer/Actor; Award Winning actor Karl Johnson (plays father in film)

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    All of the above plus two tickets to our U.S Premiere as well as meet and greet (You must provide flight and lodging). Your name as a Premium Distribution Supporter on Our Thank You Wall.

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    Tickets to Premier plus, Signed DVD, Gold Angel Distributor status on website with name plus Consultation on how to produce a film from Pre to post production for less than or equal to $100,000 by Gerard Hurley plus tips of Festival Strategy (by someone who has done it and gotten into over 30 international film festivals!).

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