Record crowdfund gives green light to Atlantic
Congratulations to Risteard Ó Domhnaill, director of The Pipe, for raising more than ¤25,000 via a Fund It campaign for Atlantic, his new documentary examining the unhappy interactions between fishermen and the companies drilling for oil off the coasts of Ireland, Newfoundland and Norway.
“Incredibly, thanks to the overwhelming goodwill around the country towards this project, we have reached our target and surpassed it,” Ó Domhnaill commented. “This is a huge vote of confidence in our documentary and is giving us an unprecedented level of independence and exposure to tell a story that a lot of vested interests don’t want told.”
The money will go towards completion of filming this summer. Funding is already in place at the Canadian end for editing and post-production. Andrew Hetherington from Fund It confirmed the film had already broken some records even before it had finished filming. “Risteard has run a great campaign, and at this moment Atlantic is looking like it will raise over 20 per cent more than our previous highest-pledging campaign,” he said.
Ó Domhnaill is keen to confirm that such novel methods of funding add new dimensions to the eventual film. “Initially we were forced down the crowd-funding route because all doors to funding at an official level were shut to us,” he said.
“However, the lack of broadcaster or official fund support has been a blessing in disguise, because we have been forced to engage directly with the people whom this documentary will affect.”
Risteard O Domhnaill: “a huge vote of confidence”