The film is about documenting the process of Currach boatbuilding and launching it in the Pacific ocean for the first time. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on October 16, 2012.
About this project
To mark the fifth year of the ever growing LA Irish Film Festival, a traditional Irish Currach will be built by an artisan /boatwright from Donegal. The theme for year five is aptly “Sea of Exchange”, representing the emigration of people as well as films. The Currach is the ideal symbolic vessel of this exchange. Comprised of essential elements and put together with diligent attention to detail, it in itself will be a key work of art in this year’s celebration. The five day process will begin in the lobby of the opening night gala venue and will continue through the next 4 days of the festival, amid the displayed works of Irish painters and artist and festival patrons. On day five of the festival, a family beach day is planned with the ceremonial launch of the currach in the Pacific Ocean. Currach builder Donal Mac Polin will make the journey from Ireland and shepherd a hand picked team of local craftsmen through the ancient steps of construction and assembly. In this way the preservation and handing down of Irish culture will be truly international. The Sea of Exchange continues.
Our goal is to raise enough money to fund the project, document it, and give longevity to this craft.
Ireland's national treasure. Fionnula has been a great supporter of the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival since it's inception. She received the Steve Brennan tribute award at the 2011Los Angeles Irish film festival. Fionnula has had a very successful acting career and is one of Ireland's leading Actors.
Lisa McLaughlin is the Founder and Director of the L.A Irish Film Festival. She is the current 2012 Los Angeles Irish Woman of the year.Being a native of Donegal, Ireland- the county where this curragh is designed and used- she has special interest in preserving this boatbuilding tradition of her homeland.
Donal McPolin is a boatbuilder and designer from Ireland.He has written and published a book called the Donegal Currach. The book has step by step instructions on how to build a Currach.
Donal McPolin and local craftsman Dan Conroy will set up a workshop in L.A using local materials instead of the usual materials used to build this boat in Ireland. This means researching and finding branches similar to the Hazel Rod branches used in Ireland. After testing the wood and sourcing all the materials here they will begin to build a skeleton frame in time for the opening of the Sea of exchange exhibit at the gallery of the Printmaking society at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on September 19th.
They will then move the boat to the opening night location of the festival at the Linwood Dunn theatre in Hollywood. On day 2 it will get moved to the 2nd venue of the festival on Montana ave, Santa Monica. Here they will build the boat over the next 5 days of the festival
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