Following the success of last year’s inaugural John Ford Ireland - Film Symposium & Festival, the 2nd annual Symposium is planned for June 6 – 9th 2013, with a wide range of international and Irish filmmakers and guests set to attend including the veteran French Film Director Bertrand Tavernier.
Ahead of the full programme being announced on May 10th, John Ford Ireland has confirmed that along with special Guests, Screenings, Discussions, Masterclasses, Lectures, workshops, Music and Song this year’s 2013 Ford gathering will also see insight into Ford’s indelible influence on French cinema with a contingent of French filmmakers travelling to Dublin, headed up by the legendary French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier - one of the most celebrated directors in French cinema.
Tavernier will discuss his lifetime of work and the influence of Ford on his long and acclaimed career – a career which has seen him make over 25 feature films which include ‘A Sunday in the Country’, ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Death Watch’ and ‘Life and Nothing But’. He has received major accolades across the world for his work including BAFTA, Golden Bear, Best Director at Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards.
Tavernier has spoken frequently about his love for John Ford and his influence and how Ford’s work was a huge source of inspiration for him. The director, as a young critic for the French publication Cahiers du Cinema, interviewed Ford in the 1960’s and reflecting on the iconic director has said; 'I always wanted to be a director, ever since I was about 13 or 14 years old. I think perhaps it was John Ford's Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon that suddenly made me realise that the director wrote with images.'
The four-day Symposium and Festival, will announce further details shortly including screenings, Industry Hub panels, interviews and workshops to honour and celebrate the legacy of the great Irish-American director who created such Hollywood masterpieces as ‘The Quiet Man’ and ‘The Searchers’.
About the John Ford Ireland – Film Symposium & Festival
The John Ford Ireland – Film Symposium & Festival takes place on June 6-9th and is cited as one of Ireland’s key cultural events taking place in 2013. The annual event celebrates the powerful legacy of the Irish-American Director John Ford, considered one of the world’s greatest Filmmakers – who’s films continue to influence and inspire young filmmakers and contemporary filmmaking across the globe. Last year’s inaugural symposium attracted a wide range of industry luminaries, craftspeople, veterans, academics and film lovers, reflecting, discussing and learning with a fresh understanding of Ford’s true impact and influence on Cinema with his monumental body of work spanning 6 decades with 140 feature films, 80 Documentaries and a record number of Academy Awards for Director.
The Ford & France aspect of the Programme is presented in association with the French Embassy of Ireland & Alliance Française.
To all film students, film graduates, young filmmakers, lecturers, academics:
John Ford Ireland Film Symposium is offering film students, film graduates, academics, lecturers, and young filmmakers the opportunity to attend the FORD FILM SCHOOL for FREE this June.
We’re accepting applications from all major film schools.
Come to Dublin and be inspired by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, John Ford.
The Ford Film School will take place in Dublin, Ireland from the 5th to 9th June 2013.
The 5 Day Ford Film School Scholarship includes;
· Academic Programme
· Masterclasses with Irish & International Filmmakers, Directors, Screenwriters
· Ford Film Hub (Directors Hub, Writers Hub, Actors Hub)
· Workshops and Panel Discussions
· Opening Night Gala Reception
· Field Trip to West of Ireland, Cong, Co Mayo – Location of ‘The Quiet Man’
· Accreditation to ALL Ford Symposium events
· Ford Exhibition
· Cultural Excursions –Abbey Theatre ‘Ford & The Abbey Players’, National Museum
· Closing Reception
As well as FREE access to over 20 Events and Workshops with leading filmmakers and renowned Film Academics and Writers, the FORD FILM SCHOOL Scholarship also includes Accommodation for 5 Nights for the duration of the Ford Film School and Symposium.
TO APPLY FOR THIS UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP CLICK HERE
NOTE: As there is a limited number of Scholarships available – the Irish Academy will offer reduced Accommodation rates with our Symposium Partner Hotel and full access to the School to Filmmakers/Students who would like to attend outside of Scholarship.
Over 200 guests and members of the Irish film Industry attended a special gala screening, organised by Paramount Pictures in association with the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA), in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday night, March 7.
The night also saw a special appearance by the grandchildren of actor Joseph O'Dea who played ‘Molouney’ the train guard in one of John Ford’s best-loved and iconic films.
Prior to now, ‘The Quiet Man’ has only been afforded very limited cinema re-releases due to the fragile state of the existing film prints, but has now been newly-remastered as part of the film’s 60th anniversary and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The 1952 classic stars John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and was a labour of love for director Ford who won his fourth Oscar for Best Directing for the film and whose passion for Irish scenery is evident in the Oscar-winning cinematography.
‘The Quiet Man’ is universally recognised as a hugely influential cinematic milestone by such directors as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Jim Sheridan.
Author and journalist Glenn Frankel has recounted the fascinating journey that John Ford took in making his western masterpiece for a new book, ‘The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend’ on sale and available now.
The Pulitzer-winning writer has called the book “ a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth” and it has been well-received with critical acclaim including glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly.
The book contains an insight into Ford’s making of the film in 1956 and the subtle portrayal of racism and attitudes to native Americans which he brought to the big screen, themes which still resonate to this day. It also examines the source material for the film, the real life kidnapping of a nine-year old girl named Cynthia Ann Parker in 1836 which inspired the screenplay for the film, and is an insightful and invaluable document for anybody interested in both the film or in Ford.
Visit the author’s website at www.glennfrankel.com for details on where to purchase the book.
The John Wayne Birthplace has announced that screen legend Maureen O’Hara will attend the annual celebration honouring the star in Winterset, Iowa this May.
O’Hara and Wayne shared one of the most famous on-screen kisses in film history with ‘The Quiet Man’ and she has spoken previously of her love for Wayne saying “Of all my favourite films, ‘The Quiet Man’ is my favourite and John Wayne, who became a dear friend, was my favourite leading man”. Both actors were regular cast as leading roles in Ford’s movies and attributed much of the success in their careers to the master director.
The John Wayne Birthplace Celebration takes place over two days on May 24-25 2013