Date: Sunday 24th March
Venue: The Phoenix Cinema
Cost: €15.00 (includes reception & awards)
Time: 7.00pm
Format: Feature Documentary Plus Ciúnas Físín winner 2018

EUROPEAN PREMIERE – Closing Film

90mins/2018/USA/Colour/Digital
Directed by: Grant Korgan, Brian Niles
Original Story: Roy Tuscany, Screenplay: Lisa Bernard
Produced by: Shawna Korgan, Grant Korgan, Tal Fletcher, Jeffrey Allard
Executive Producers: Todd Berardi, Patrick Rivelli
Editor: Brian Niles

Closing the Festival is the European Premiere of the incredible film ‘The Push’. The Push is an inspirational documentary about the power of never giving up. Grant Korgan is a world-class adventurer, nano-mechanics professional, and husband. On March 5, 2010, while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, the Lake Tahoe native burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae, and suddenly added the world of spinal cord injury recovery to his list of pursuits. On January 17, 2012, along with two seasoned explorers, Grant attempted the insurmountable, and became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself – nearly 100 miles (the final degree of latitude), to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the bottom of the globe, the geographic South Pole. Grant and his guides reached their destination on the 100th anniversary of the first explorers to travel to the South Pole. Facing brutal elements, demanding topography and presumed physical limitations are just some of the challenges they faced along the journey. With this inspirational documentary, The Push team hopes to inspire people in all walks of life to achieve the seemingly insurmountable in their life, to push their own everyday limits, and to live their ultimate potential.

Grant took inspiration from his reading into Tom Crean, shared with him by Dr. James Lynch who too will be coming home to Dingle to share this film with the Dingle audience.

“I was first introduced to Irishman Tom Crean’s life story by my mentor and dear friend, Dr. James Lynch while training for our 2012 expedition to Antarctica’s South Pole….Looking to the early explorers for inspiration, I became intrigued by the many parallels between the life of Tom Crean and my own. These parallels were highlighted best by a fundamental personality base-state to constantly choose positivity (regardless of scenario) over choosing negativity. It quickly became apparent to me that Tom Crean’s superpower was joy-based forward movement. On multiple expeditions, Crean was the character which enabled the critical wins, which ultimately allowed every expedition member to survive. It was Crean’s constant singing, laughing, joking, game playing, genuine care of human beings and other living creatures, which gave him the ability to inspire a group-wide level of consistent positivity, no matter how dark the hour…” Grant Korgan

This screening will incorporate the Gala Presentation and the European Premiere, along with all key crew being in attendance for what is expected to be a dynamic Q&A.

Trailer:

Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival Audience Award
Best Documentary Sonoma International Film Festival
Audience Award
Best Documentary American Documentary Film Festival

Ciúnas – World Premiere Físín Winner of 2018

12mins/2019/Ireland/Colour/Digital
A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis
Téann lánúin ar thuras i ngéarchéim teaghlaigh.

Director / writer / Producer: Tristan Heanue
Executive Producers: Tor Cotton, Dingle International Film Festival
Cast: Gary Lydon, Hazel Doupe, Ally Ní Chiaráin
Cinematographer: Narayan Van Maele
Editor: John Desay
Sound Design: Nikki Moss
Original Music: Michael Fleming
1st Assistant Director: Hugh O’Donoghue

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