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Henry Glassie: Field Work

Henry Glassie: Field Work

Pat Collins

United States, Brazil, Ireland | 2019 | 1 h 45 min
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Henry Glassie, Professor Emeritus at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, is an expert in folklore. He is recognized for his many books on the subject, based on his field work in different countries. This documentary focuses on Glassie’s work in Brazil, where he has gone in search of local craftspeople making artworks in their communities. He meets a sculptor who creates religious figures from clay, another who works with wood, and an artisan who makes pottery in large kilns. This exploration of local savoir-faire is accompanied by reflections from Glassie, who shares his experience of his many travels and the wisdom that comes from observing and listening to other cultures.
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (2019)
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland (2020)
Glasgow Film Festival, Scotland (2020)
Director Pat Collins
Editing Keith Walsh
Sound John Brennan
Cinematography Colm Hogan

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Pat Collins

Pat Collins

Since 1999 Pat Collins has made over 30 films. His latest feature documentary Henry Glassie: Fieldwork premiered at TIFF in 2019 and is due to be released in Autumn 2020. His feature film Song of Granite’, funded by the Irish Film Board, BAI, SODEC and Telefilm Canada, was based on the life of the traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney. It received its world premiere at SXSW 2017 and has screened at numerous international festivals. It was released in cinemas by Oscilliscope Distribution in the USA, Thunderbird Releasing in the UK and Canada, and Wildcard Distribution in Ireland. Song of Granite’ was the Irish nomination for best Foreign Language Oscar 2018. Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic of Screen International’ wrote In an era of safe film-making, especially within the art-house sector, it’s rare to view a title as formally audacious as Song of Granite’.” His 2012 feature film Silence’ received its international premier at London International Film Festival in 2013 and was distributed in Irish cinemas by Element Distribution and New Wave Films in the UK. He was co-director of the historical 3 part series 1916’. The series was broadcast on RTÉ, BBC and PBS in America. In 2012, the Irish Film Institute curated a mid-career retrospective of his work to date. saying “…Viewed together, these fascinating screenworks offer a unique snapshot of Ireland at the turn of the 21st century.” (www​.ifi​.ie/​w​h​a​t​s​o​n​/​s​e​a​s​o​n​/​p​o​e​t​i​c​-​t​r​u​t​h​s​-​t​h​e​-​c​i​n​e​m​a​-​o​f​-​p​a​t​-​c​o​llins). Recently the Irish Times listed Silence’ and Song of Granite’ in the top twenty Best Irish films of all time’.

He has made films on the writer John McGahern, the poets Michael Hartnett and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and the Connemara based writer and cartographer Tim Robinson. Abbas Kiarostami – The Art of Living’ (co-directed with Fergus Daly) was picked up for international distribution in 2004 by the French company MK2. He has directed two political feature essay films What We Leave in Our Wake’ (2009) and Living in a Coded Land’ (2014). His experimental film work has screened at the Absolute Gallery at Galway Arts Festival 2013 and screened at the ICA London and Recontres Internationales London/​Berlin, The Visual Carlow and numerous Irish and international film festivals.

Sharon Whooley is co-director of Harvest Films. She was Editor of Film West Magazine from 1998 to 2001. As well as production, research and development she has also been co-writer with Pat Collins and Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde on two feature films Silence (2012) and Song of Granite (2017). They are currently co-writing a feature film The Aran Islands’ based on John Millington’s Synge’s book of the same name . She has also directed short experimental film works. Fathom’, a film on isolation thinking was filmed on the Fastnet Lighthouse. In 2016 she directed a short film on sculptor Imogen Stuart for the Arts Council of Ireland and TG4. She was the director of Nettle Coat’ (co-directed with Pat Collins) commissioned as part of the Arts Council’s Into the Light series and was based around Alice Maher’s work Nettle Coat’. In 2015 she was a recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Project award for her film Distance’ which was completed in 2018. Her films have shown at the Irish Film Institute, on RTÉ and TG4, at the Absolut Gallery at Galway Arts Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London as well as film festivals at home and abroad. She was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Bursary Award in April 2018 and was also awarded the Film Project Award for 2018 for her film Night Flight’ from the Arts Council of Ireland due for completion in Autumn 2020. She produced Tim Robinson: Connemara (2011) a Reel Art (Arts Council of Ireland) Recipient in 2011 and the 2020 Reel Art documentary Skin + Soul’ on the work of photographer Perry Ogden. She was Film Artist in residence at Uillinn: the West Cork Arts Centre in 2018.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Henry Glassie: Folklands (2018)
Song of Granite (2017)
1916 (2016)
Living in a Coded Land (2014)
What Remains (2013)

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