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A NEW IRISH FILM ABOUT COMING HOME TOO SOON


WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DONAL FOREMAN

Screening at the Triskel Cinema, Cork from November 23rd - 26th

"rather splendid... enormously successful"
THE IRISH TIMES

"nothing short of praiseworthy... beautiful in its simplicity"
FILM IRELAND

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For a more visual flavour of the film, here you can watch some of Donal’s previous short films and check out some location stills…

A new Irish film about coming home too soon.

protagonist arriving home to Dublin

Ciaran is a passionate yet restless college dropout who has returned home to recession-struck Dublin after a year of travelling.

Broke and living with his parents, struggling to re-connect with the ex-girlfriend that he left behind and the friends and social scene that have moved on without him, Ciaran questions whether he should stay or go – and comes to realize the difference between being stuck and being present.

OUT OF HERE is a contemporary coming of age story shedding Dublin and its youth culture in a light not previously seen or explored.

Brought to you by Stalker Films

Stalker Films' first production was King of the Travellers, a feature film based in realism starring genuine Irish travellers. It was fully funded by the Irish Film Board, Broadcast Authority of Ireland and TV3. Most recently, it has just finished Stalker, a low budget independent psychological thriller set in Dublin, also directed by Mark O' Connor.

Both films premiered at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, with the latter placing second in the Best New Irish Film category.

Stalker Films consists of Mark O’Connor (Dir.), TJ O’Grady Peyton (Prod.) and Emmet Fleming (Prod.), and is focused on creating an original and artistic cinematic voice.

donalforeman@gmail.com - +353 (0) 857236343 | emmet.fleming@gmail.com - +353 (0) 876228391

  • Donal Foreman, Writer/Director

    DONAL FOREMAN

    WRITER/DIRECTOR

    Donal Foreman has been making films since he was 11. An alumnus of the Irish National Film School and the Berlinale Talent Campus, Donal also won the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year at the Fresh Film Festival in 2003. Since then his short films have screened all over the world, from the Cork Film Festival to the Irish Film Institute, from China to Chile, and from Argentina to Alaska.

    Film Ireland called one of his early shorts among “the very best short cinema this country has produced in recent years” and the Sunday Tribune described his film school graduate short as “ambitious, confident stuff, told with visual aplomb.”

    Since 2011 he has lived between Dublin and New York City, where while busy writing OUT OF HERE, he has also worked as a teacher for the Tribeca Film Institute and a film critic for the Brooklyn Rail among other publications. His website can be found here www.donalforeman.com

    donalforeman@gmail.com - 0857236343

  • Emmet Fleming, Producer

    EMMET FLEMING

    PRODUCER

    Emmet Fleming worked with Venom Films (creators of the hugely successful feature documentary HIS & HERS) from 2009 before joining Stalker Films in 2012. While with Venom he produced the short film Joy, written and directed by Colm Quinn, which received a Special Jury Mention at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, as well as screening at SXSW in Texas and other major festivals in Canada, Australia and the UK.

    More recently he worked as Production Manager on the feature film Stalker, directed by Mark O’Connor and produced by TJ O’Grady Peyton.

    emmet.fleming@gmail.com - 0876228391

  • Piers McGrail, Director of Photography

    PIERS MCGRAIL

    DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

    Piers McGrail graduated from the National Film School in Ireland in 2008, specialising in Cinematography. Since then, he has become one of the most prolific DOP’s in Dublin, shooting continually on his own RED Epic, as well as other formats - including Alexa, Canon and, of course, film.

    Piers has a close working relationship with Donal and has been DP on all of Donal’s films. In 2011 Piers shot his first feature film Kelly + Victor, an adaptation of the award winning bestseller of the same title. http://www.piersmcgrail.com

A note from the director

donal foreman

Out of Here is a film that has been brewing in my mind for several years.

It began with a desire to explore how the experience of travelling could open you up to other sides of yourself, other ways of being with people, of thinking and seeing — and how hard it could be to reconcile those experiences with the life that you return home to, where the possibilities can seem so much more limited.

But there’s also a flip-side to returning home: if you can get past the immediate come down, these trips can also open up new possibilities in the place you return to, making you more aware of the place that exists outside of your usual routes and routines.

This idea began to marry itself to a character who was full of energy and passion but has never found anywhere to put it; someone who only feels alive when moving, who left home hoping not to come back.

There are a lot of films about someone setting off on a big journey, or returning home after a lifetime of adventure elsewhere—but not so many about coming home too soon, sooner than you wanted to, when others are just beginning to take off.

I wanted to see how a character like this would handle a premature return, how his restless energy would express itself in the city that he had tried to escape.

But there’s also a flip-side to returning home: if you can get past the immediate come down, these trips can also open up new possibilities in the place you return to, making you more aware of the place that exists outside of your usual routes and routines.

I’ve long felt frustrated at how rarely I’ve seen anything in cinema that touches on the experience of living in Dublin, particularly for young people—as opposed to films that simply use the city as a pretty, or gritty, backdrop to a pre-fabricated story.

How many films have really captured a sense of the city? When I was a teenager I used to write angry essays about this kind of thing, but now I'm just trying to focus on making things I want to see that no-one else seems to be making.

This film is something I want to see and something that will explore a world and an experience that I don’t think we’ve seen before in Irish film.

If you’d like to see it too, please consider getting involved to help us bring it to fruition. You can find out how below.

- Donal Foreman

The funding model

OUT OF HERE was funded using a community model whereby investors, production company, cast and crew all had a stake in the film.

There were 200 project shares available at €150 each, giving a total budget for the production of €30,000. This figure was entirely for the production of this particular film – there were no running costs coming out for Stalker Films.

All profit made by the film will be divided up in the following way:

  • 40% to investors
  • 30% to the production company
  • 30% to cast and crew

Ciaran’s renewed perspective on his hometown means that OUT OF HERE is also a film about seeing Dublin anew, re-examining its limits and possibilities.

  • dublin inside shop window
  • dublin city street at night
  • dublin path beside the sea

More than most western capitals, Dublin is a city that has been largely left unexplored by cinema: so many of its neighbourhoods, characters and social scenes have been completely unrepresented, and we believe some of the few films that have exploited the city’s possibilities – such as Adam and Paul or Once – have been successful partly because of their use of the city.

We also intend to use Dublin to our advantage by bringing some of its less trodden corners to life on screen.

Dublin, and Ireland in general, has been experiencing a golden age in contemporary music for some time now which has largely been ignored by Irish media.

From the "colourful electronica" of Cork’s Toby Kaar, to the “genre-bashing brilliance” of Dublin’s Patrick Kelleher, OUT OF HERE hopes to capture the energy and enthusiasm currently surrounding the local music scene.

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THE FUNDING MODEL

To fund OUT OF HERE we are borrowing a model first used by Manifesto Films in Belfast earlier this year for The Good Man film. It is a community model whereby investors, production company, cast and crew all have a stake in the film.

It is a simple investment scheme, but we need your help. There are 200 project shares available at €150 each, giving a total budget for the production of €30,000. This figure is entirely for the production of this particular film – there are no running costs coming out for Stalker Films.

All profit made by the film will then be divided up in the following way:

  • 40% to investors
  • 30% to the production company
  • 30% to cast and crew

HOW THE FILM
WILL MAKE A PROFIT

Once the film is finished, the plan will be to sell the film to a distributor, who will then arrange and manage distribution. Alternatively we will self-distribute. In either case, the first step will be to get the film into a number of major film festivals around the world, which will provide a platform for selling the film.  

If, for example, we were to sell the film to a distributor for €250,000, investors would receive 40% of that amount, €100,000 (or, if all 200 shares are sold, €500 per share).

IF ALL 200 SHARES
ARE NOT SOLD

If we sell a smaller number of shares and feel that the project is viable on a slightly reduced budget (for example, 170 shares giving a budget of €25,500), we will continue with the project and each share will increase in terms of potential return value (in the example above, a return to investors of €100,000 for 170 shares means each share would then be worth €588).  

If an insufficient number of shares are sold to make the project viable, we will simply return each person’s investment in full.  

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

IF YOU INVEST

As an investor and shareholder, in addition to the potential financial return, you will receive:

  • a Limited Edition production still;
  • a compilation DVD of Donal’s short films
  • a Special Edition DVD of the film;
  • an invitation to a special screening;
  • your name in the film credits;
  • an opportunity to visit the set and be an extra!

IF YOU CAN’T INVEST… DONATE!

Times are tough and we understand that many will be wary of the risk of investment. However if you want still want to be involved in the film you can donate €25 or €50 and receive:

For €25:
  • a Limited Edition production still;
  • a digital download of the final film
For €50:
  • a Limited Edition production still;
  • a digital download of the final film
  • a compilation DVD of Donal’s short films
  • an opportunity to visit the set and be an extra!

HOW TO BUY SHARES OR DONATE

It’s quick and easy to purchase shares or donate.  You can either do a simple bank transfer (cheaper for us as there are no fees), or pay through Paypal (no account required).

Invest or donate now

IF YOU CAN’T DONATE… SPREAD THE WORD!

If times are too tough and there is just no way you can part with your hard earned cash, then you can help us and the film by simply liking our Facebook page, sharing this website, and spreading the word in general. You’d never know, that aunt-in-law may have been waiting for just this moment to invest in a low-budget film!

AND DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US!

donalforeman@gmail.com - +353 (0) 857236343 | emmet.fleming@gmail.com - +353 (0) 876228391


Special thanks to:

Eric Greene for brand design (www.ericgreene.ie)

Shane Fleming for web design (www.meldwebdesign.com)