Louis McCullagh FILMS - Ireland.

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Winner Rhode Island International Film Festival. Nominee Celtic Media TV/Film Festival - Swansea 2013. Selected for Academy rated festivals at PALM SPRINGS, NEW ORLEANS, CLEVELAND, RHODE ISLAND. Also selected for the following International Film Festivals: ReelHeART (Toronto), Belfast, Fort Myers(Florida), Puerto Rico, Fastnet(Cork), San Jose, Marbella, International Human Rights-Barcelona/New York/Paris, Lima(Peru). Family Voices-National Conference-Ireland.

A boy who wants to be a StandUp comedian. His father finds his recording of his Standup routine. Dad decides to step into his son's shoes. Totally the wrong decision.

“Truly remarkable, hard to take but in the end something magnificent” Darryl MacDonald CEO Palm Springs FF.

“Exceptional and Brave” George Marshall CEO Rhode Island FF

“Deserves to be seen by everyone” Helen Wells CEO Fastnet Cork FF.

"STANDUP had audience tweeting they were in tears" Clint Bowie Chief Programmer New Orleans FF.

I also include 2 brief videos. Philip McTaggart (whose young son took his life) is the founder of PIPS which he founded to support families after suicides and also to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide.

STANDUP is aimed at getting people talking. Philip introduced me to many families and their stories are the essence of STANDUP. Philip told me at our first meeting that his wife in despair told him "you know there is more than one way to kill yourself". She was upset at how his son's death was affecting him. Both he and the man I talk about in the video had a major effect on me.

So often I was going to give up (I am a stills photographer and outside the 'media' industry). I always remembered the people who told me their stories, reliving the horror of suicide, to have asked them to do that and then do nothing was not an option. They screened STANDUP at their national conference -they so want people to try to understand them and to help.

Two weeks after we finished shooting, the main news reported the suicide of a father, his son had taken his life the previous month.

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Winner Rhode Island International Film Festival. Nominee Celtic Media TV/Film Festival - Swansea 2013. Selected for Academy rated festivals at PALM SPRINGS, NEW ORLEANS, CLEVELAND, RHODE ISLAND. Also selected…


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See Director's notes at bottom, please.

Winner Rhode Island International Film Festival. Nominee Celtic Media TV/Film Festival - Swansea 2013. Selected for Academy rated festivals at PALM SPRINGS, NEW ORLEANS, CLEVELAND, RHODE ISLAND. Also selected for the following International Film Festivals: ReelHeART (Toronto), Belfast, Fort Myers(Florida), Puerto Rico, Fastnet(Cork), San Jose, Marbella, International Human Rights-Barcelona/New York/Paris, Lima(Peru). Family Voices-National Conference-Ireland.

A boy who wants to be a StandUp comedian. His father finds his recording of his Standup routine. Dad decides to step into his son's shoes. Totally the wrong decision.

“Truly remarkable, hard to take but in the end something magnificent” Darryl MacDonald CEO Palm Springs FF.

“Exceptional and Brave” George Marshall CEO Rhode Island FF

“Deserves to be seen by everyone” Helen Wells CEO Fastnet Cork FF.

"STANDUP had audience tweeting they were in tears" Clint Bowie Chief Programmer New Orleans FF.

I also include 2 brief videos. Philip McTaggart (whose young son took his life) is the founder of PIPS which he founded to support families after suicides and also to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide.

STANDUP is aimed at getting people talking. Philip introduced me to many families and their stories are the essence of STANDUP. Philip told me at our first meeting that his wife in despair told him "you know there is more than one way to kill yourself". She was upset at how his son's death was affecting him. Both he and the man I talk about in the video had a major effect on me.

So often I was going to give up (I am a stills photographer and outside the 'media' industry). I always remembered the people who told me their stories, reliving the horror of suicide, to have asked them to do that and then do nothing was not an option. They screened STANDUP at their national conference -they so want people to try to understand them and to help.

Two weeks after we finished shooting, the main news reported the suicide of a father, his son had taken his life the previous month.

Despite its success in festivals and screenings around the world only a handful of people have seen it in Ireland.

I had hoped it would screen in mainstream programs at festivals as it was aimed at the general population. It has been screened in LGBT strands at several big festivals which I guess is a big compliment.

It always seemed to me that the LGBT audience would hate the film, it has nothing to say they do not already know and probably have experienced so it would be unpleasant for them.

I know it makes a general audience squirm and uncomfortable. It has had people scream at the screen and others in tears.

It is an unfortunate fact that short films are only ever seen by a very small audience.

At the Palm Springs Festival they select from 1000's of submissions yet even the winners of their awards, including the audience awards , can disappear without trace. On the day after the awards show at Palm Springs they have a full day of programmes made up solely of the audience award winners.

I attended several of these and the quality was very very high, hugely enjoyable. I really believe that any general TV audience would also enjoy them immensely.

These programmes were shown at Palm Springs after the festival proper was over and most of the filmmakers had left. The cinemas were full and sold out with queues waiting for returns!

 

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