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€29,171
pledged of €73,000pledged of €73,000 goal
189
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 10 2014 8:05 PM UTC +00:00

About

RELAUNCH OF KICKSTARTER - TAKE TWO!

Our initial Kickstarter campaign has come to a close. 

Although we did not reach our goal, we plan to RELAUNCH this weekend. We have more BIG news to come and updates to share! THANK YOU to all of our generous supporters, we're looking forward to relaunching The Rising campaign in just a few short days.  

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My name is Kevin McCann; I'm a filmmaker from Ireland. Working with a talented team in Belfast, Dublin and the USA, I am making a gripping, exciting and respectful film which portrays the life of Seán MacDiarmada, one of the most important yet unrecognised figures in recent Irish history.

Easter Rising rebellion leaders: MacDiarmada third from right
Easter Rising rebellion leaders: MacDiarmada third from right

The Rising will complete the trilogy of great films on Irish history, and it will be seen as the prequel to Neil Jordan’s movie “Michael Collins” starring Liam Neeson, and Ken Loach’s “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” starring Cillian Murphy. The movie's official launch in 2016 will coincide with the Easter Rising's centenary celebrations.

Known to the British as Sean MacDermott, this remarkable young man was a farmer's son who grew up to challenge the world's largest empire. He worked tirelessly to form a successful revolutionary movement in Ireland, acting as the mastermind for a team of driven visionaries who changed the course of history. The last of the leaders to be executed in 1916, Seán was considered a hero by Michael Collins.

Featuring a range of Irish screen stars, The Rising is based on a true story, and will look at the revolutionary movement which led to the Easter Rising. The movie will be made in 2015 and released to a global audience in 2016, and is being timed to coincide with the commemorations for the centenary year of the rebellion. This is driving a groundswell of public interest and controversy in the story. 

This is not just an Irish story; it is an underdog story. A human story about fighting for freedom from oppression that will resonate with people worldwide.

A Positive Catalyst

This movie will present the story of The Easter Rising; a story not of a destructive act, but a constructive, positive catalyst for change. It seeks to redress the manner in which the heroics of the leaders of the rebellion have been disregarded and dismissed. This was no romantic misadventure. No naivety; no failure. It was the crack of the empire that reverberated around the world. I strongly feel I can't let this story go untold – not on my watch.

Influenced by ‘the guarantee which Washington procured for America’, the leaders sought independence for their country, and believed that their actions would awaken the Irish nation to self-determination. MacDiarmada and those around him held the same goal - a democratic republic, directly inspired by the ideal presented by the U.S., as they saw it. This was the driving force behind their actions, and is what led them to stand up to British rule.

The Rising is inspired by the biography “Seán MacDiarmada: The Mind of the Revolution” by Dr. Gerard MacAtasney, who has been working closely with me, ensuring historical accuracy while I co-wrote the script with established writer Colin Broderick.

Test movie poster for The Rising
Test movie poster for The Rising

Steps So Far

I began my journey to make this movie back in 2012, gaining support from Leitrim County Council in Ireland. This journey will end with the premiere of the film on St. Patrick’s Day 2016. The project is successfully past the halfway point, and has the support of the government-backed film agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland Screen (“Game of Thrones”, “Dracula Untold”), who have awarded the project two successive development grants.

Letter from Leitrim County Library, October 2013
Letter from Leitrim County Library, October 2013

Since development began in 2012, the project has established key partnerships with those who share my interest and passion in the telling of the story in 2016, including many of the relatives of the 1916 leaders and proclamation signatories. Not only that, but I'm really excited that the project is catching the public's imagination too.

With significant exposure in both the Irish and American press, I'm delighted that the movie has already achieved a following. Its presence on social media continues to expand and the film has 11,000 likes on its Facebook page, and 4,000 Twitter followers as of the end of October '14.

Irish News Article, July 2014
Irish News Article, July 2014

Irish stars of the screen have expressed their interest in acting in this film and my team will present these names once the film’s finances are fully in place. Our production in 2015 proposes the following main creative crew:

Producer: Kevin McCann (“The Boys of St.Columb's”, “Volkswagen Joe”)

Director: Cathal Black (“Love & Rage”, “Korea”)

Line Producer: Ned Dowd (“The Last of the Mohicans”, “King Arthur”)

Co-writer: Colin Broderick (“Orangutan”, “That’s That”)

Casting: Carla Stronge (“Game of Thrones”, “The Fall”)

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This project is on Kickstarter because now I need your support to take this project further. November is the month of remembrance, so this is your opportunity to remember a forgotten hero; your opportunity to back a worthwhile story told by independent cinema; your opportunity to lend some grass-roots support to an exciting and challenging film project.

How Backers' Donations Will Be Used

Crowd funding donations are part of our finance plan to get this movie made, and each donation will be matched with a cool and interesting reward. If you feel that this is the project that could do with your much-needed support, we can reassure you by telling you exactly how your money will be used.

A film like this – a film for the people – requires support from the people. I feel it's really important that the centenary of the actions of Seán MacDiarmada shouldn't go unmarked, and this movie will form the perfect centrepiece of the centenary commemorations.

The team and I are grateful for any and all donations, but we have to remind backers that any donation does not give anyone any rights to the film, or any reimbursements or profits if the movie proves to be successful.

Remember Our Heroes

In addition to providing a portion of the money needed to make this movie, this crowd-funding campaign will prove that there's an audience out there; it will solidify the desire for the truth about Irish freedom to be told; not disregarded, disrespected, and dismissed. Every single one of you is important to me and this project.

Whether your pledge to the project is €5 or €500, it is a valued record of your remembrance and support. With your funding, the team can start to scout locations, secure offices, build the crew further, and really start to bring this story to life.

The family of Seán MacDiarmada have been good enough to give their full backing to this movie, so let's use this occasion to remember a forgotten hero. The time is right for this story to be told now, and for people to experience it in 2016.

Just before his execution at the age of 33, Seán MacDiarmada wrote in a letter to his sisters, “I feel happiness the likes of which I have never experienced. I might die so that the Irish nation might live.

Seán MacDiarmada
Seán MacDiarmada

Let us raise our heads and remember our heroes.

Join The Rising.

 Links

You can follow us on:

https://twitter.com/1916movie

Facebook.com/1916movie

Instagram.com/1916movie

www.therising.ie

http://www.maccana.ie/

Risks and challenges

The team and I have completed two years of development, secured support from Northern Ireland Screen, the Leitrim and Cavan County Councils, as well as countless individuals. I have first class support from an experienced and passionate core of moviemakers who are prepared to do everything possible to see this film through to fruition.

The only thing we need now is money. Your backing combined with our experience will ensure we can handle all but the biggest hurdles to get this film made.

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    A BIG THANK YOU! Thank you so much for supporting true, independent cinema. Watch for your name and a BIG thank you on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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    PERSONALISED THANK YOU EMAIL POSTCARD - featuring exclusive production stills + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising'.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF 'THE RISING' - the completed movie will be sent to you along with footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising'.

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    EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT - Receive a T-SHIRT exclusively designed for 'The Rising' + all previous rewards.

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    AN AUTOGRAPHED BOOK on Seán MacDiarmada - Acquire a copy of the book 'Seán MacDiarmada: The Mind of the Revolution', signed by biographer Dr. Gerard MacAtasney + a digital download of the completed movie + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising' + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed.

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    LIMITED EDITION MOVIE POSTER - will be sent to you + series of production stills signed by the actors + a digital download of the completed movie + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising' + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed.

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    SIGNED MOVIE SCRIPT - a copy of the script signed by all of the principal cast of the movie ‘The Rising’. Plus, a DVD of the completed movie + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising' + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed.

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    'LEGACY' FILM CREDIT - Honour a special family or person by having their name and homeplace mentioned at the end of the film + a DVD of 'The Rising' movie + access to behind-the-scenes footage throughout filming + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed.

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    ORIGINAL, ARTIST SIGNED STORYBOARD ARTWORK - from the movie ‘The Rising’ and an exclusively designed T-shirt for the movie. Plus, a DVD of the completed movie + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising' + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed.

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    JOIN US AS AN EXTRA IN A SCENE FROM THE MOVIE! - Join us on set in Ireland and find out what it's like to appear in a major feature film. Plus, receive 1 previous reward + a DVD of the completed movie + access to footage from behind the scenes throughout the making of 'The Rising' + a personalised thank you on our Facebook and Twitter feed. Date to be announced.

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    JOIN THE TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE EDITING SUITE - and watch the movie come to life! + lunch with the Producer. Choose 3 choices from previous rewards + a special thanks credit at the end of the film. Secure a 2 hour long visit to the editing of the movie where you will be able to see history in the making! Then enjoy lunch on us with Producer, Kevin McCann.

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    VIP TICKETS X 2 FOR THE IRISH OR NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE SCREENING - choose between the Irish or North American premier screening of the movie, ‘The Rising’ + dinner that evening & a photograph with cast and crew. Plus, 3 previous rewards and a special thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    VISIT OUR SET ON LOCATION IN IRELAND - + 2x VIP tickets to either the Irish or North American premier screening of 'The Rising' and dinner with cast and crew. Plus, 3 choices from previous rewards + a special thanks credit at the end of the film. Travel and accommodation are not included with either rewards but breakfast and lunch on set are!

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    BE THE ENVY OF ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND JOIN US FOR THE WRAP PARTY - to celebrate a job well done and dinner with the Director and leading Cast! Join us for a celebratory dinner for the evening + all previous rewards + a special thanks credit at the end of the film.

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    BECOME AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - of the feature film ‘The Rising’ and receive an on-screen credit + all previous rewards.

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