Tunnel Vision taking to the silver screen
A SHORT film telling the story of the Mallow-based Tunnel Vision project will be premiered at the Gate Cinema in Market Square at 6pm this evening (Thursday).
The seven-minute film is being screened along with a selection of other shorts on a variety of different topics of interest under the banner of the Mallow Arts Festival.
It has been created by the Pathways students of the National Leaning Network and Tunnel Vision students under the guidance of Ger Browne of Blackwater Active Sports Education.
It tells the story behind the Tunnel Vision project, a partnership between the Pathway programme, COPE Mallow and the Mallow branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association.
Established in 2002, the project focuses on the planning and implementation of environmental and horticultural-themed projects, encouraging teamwork, inclusion, integration and disability awareness.
Tunnel Vision works with local communities, offering workshops on a range of issues such as planting and willow-work, and it also runs its own market stall to sell produce.
The short film was made possible through a grant of €2,000 from the 2017 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, an annual scheme jointly funded by Cork County Council and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
It was among 46 environmentally themed projects across Cork, from community and school gardens to singe-use plastic reduction and recycling initiatives, which received a total of €67,274 in funding last year.
This year almost 80 applications for funding under the scheme have been lodged with Cork County Council, with the announcement of the successful 2018 projects expected to be made over the coming weeks.
The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, said the Tunnel Vision film was a perfect example of how the scheme can highlight work done in communities across the county.
“Cork County Council is particularly keen to support schemes such as the Tunnel Vision project. This is a fantastic initiative that undertakes fantastic work in promoting community integration through engagement with the environment and has been of great benefit to Mallow and the wider north Cork Area since its launch,” said Mayor Murphy.
Students from the Mallow-based Pathways programme shooting their short movie about the Tunnel Vision project, which will be screened tonight at the Gate Cinema.