Record crowd­fund gives green light to At­lantic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Don­ald Clarke

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”

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