Crowdfunding campaign for Limerick filmmaker’s New York ‘Narcan’ venture

first_img Previous articleLimerick student’s design wins Dyson awardNext articleBig turnout for Cliona’s Foundation cycle Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email NewsLocal NewsCrowdfunding campaign for Limerick filmmaker’s New York ‘Narcan’ ventureBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2015 691 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSlimerickMalachy McCourtNarcannew yorkPeter McNamara WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN online crowdfunding campaign is underway to help complete production of a short film by Limerick director Peter McNamara.Inspired by his time living and working in New York, ‘Narcan’ tells the story of Sean Ryan, an Irish paramedic working the unsympathetic streets of the ‘Big Apple’.The cast includes Malachy McCourt and Limerick actor Peter Halpin, who played the writer and actor in ‘Angela’s Ashes’, which was based on the life of his older brother, Pulitzer prize winning author Frank McCourt.The story unfolds as the film’s central character, Sean, toils to manage a fractured personal life. His only son refuses to speak to him and the void between himself and his wife Sinead, grows larger with every passing day. During the course of a 12-hour shift, life-changing decisions with irrevocable consequences must be made.According to Peter McNamara, ‘Narcan’ is a film about family separation and how it’s become a commonplace in society.” I wanted to capture a glimpse inside a very stressful job and, as the film plays out, Sean’s psychological state is tested as he stretches the moral boundaries,” he explains.“For months, we prepared and analyzed the script multiple times, we needed every character to be recognizable and I think you’ll find elements of yourself in each and every one of them.”After assembling a small crew of 15, cameras rolled inside the locker room of one of New York’s busiest emergency stations and so began the rollercoaster ride shooting of ‘Narcan’.“All members of the cast and crew were pushed to the limit and sometimes beyond, all in the name of art. Everybody shared my vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to life. I’m so proud of each and everyone who was part of the ‘Narcan’ team.“It was a life changing experience and now I know that New York is where I want to be based making beautiful films for the foreseeable future,” he told the Limerick Post.Co-funded with Soberanis Productions, a crowdfunding campaign has been kick-started to complete the film. For more details see https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/narcan-short-movie#/center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedinlast_img read more

Scottish bookies urge rethink on ‘crazy’ reopening plans

first_img Submit Scottish bookmakers have slammed Holyrood’s decision to reopen betting shops without chairs or live racing, stating that the ruling is ‘crazy’ and a ‘slap in the face’ for bookies which have most likely been struggling during the lockdown period.Scotland’s 900 betting shops – employing around 4,500 people – have been closed since March as part of the national effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.But while shops have been given the green light to reopen on 29 June, the government has imposed strict measures with shops only permitted to open ‘for the purpose of placing bets only’.In addition, the betting shops have been told that all gaming machines must be switched off to avoid the spread of coronavirus.John Heaton, chairman of Scotbet, Scotland’s largest independent bookmaker with 30 betting shops employing 100 people, said: “It seems to me that this policy has been devised by someone who has never been in a betting shop. Dozens of customers hanging around watching the TV is a thing of the past. People come in, watch a race and leave again.“The whole thing is just crazy, and a real slap in the face for an industry which has done its bit for the national effort to tackle Covid-19. I hope that, even at this late stage, the Scottish Government will think again.”In contrast, betting shops in England reopened on 15 June, with anti-Covid measures such as “sneeze screens” and hand sanitisers to protect staff and customers.Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, said: “Betting shops make a significant contribution to the economy, employing thousands of people, and they provide a safe play for the millions of Scots who like an occasional flutter.“Banning betting shops in Scotland from showing live racing and talking away chairs for punters to sit on suggests a complete lack of understanding of how betting shops operate.“For many of our customers, a trip to the bookies is something to look forward to after three months in lockdown. Yet the Scottish Government would deny them the right to sit and spend a few moments filling in a betting slip or watching a live race with friends, all sitting apart at a safe distance.“And it’s frankly ludicrous that a punter can watch live coverage of a Scottish horse race in a betting shop in Carlisle, but not a few miles over the border in Gretna. We share the Scottish Government’s determination to keep customers and staff safe. It is perfectly possible to limit the number of people in a shop at any one time, just like in the rest of high street retail.“I’ve heard the Scottish Government talk about ‘standing up for Scotland’, but taking away chairs in betting shops takes this to a new level. It’s frankly ridiculous.” Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more