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Fund:it - Atlantic

By: 
Risteard O Domhnaill

Atlantic’ is the latest documentary film from the makers of the award winning documentary, ‘The Pipe’. ‘Atlantic’ follows the fortunes of three fishing communities united and divided by the Atlantic ocean, as they struggle to maintain their way of life despite mounting challenges within their own industry and environment, and an increase of oil exploration activities in their fishing grounds. 

On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, new hydrocarbon frontiers are moving out into deeper water, and further north into the Arctic, pushing the boundaries of risk and technology in the race for the last great oil fields. 

The film will chart the politics of resource management of the North Atlantic; from strong State control in Norway, mixed fortunes in Newfoundland, to a more liberal, privatised system in Ireland. 

 ‘Atlantic’, through the experience of these coastal neighbours, poses the question: who will benefit from the exploitation of these resources, and what the consequences will be for communities and the environment? 

Aims and Objectives

We want to empower local communities and individuals so that they can better contribute to this vital debate. We will soon be launching our new interactive website, ‘The Atlantic Stream’. This is a research and live stream broadcast platform through which people can support ‘Atlantic’, and engage in live and uncensored discussions between people on all sides of the Atlantic. 

Wait, you guys look familiar…

Yes, we’ve been on Fund it before. We ran a campaign in September 2013 for Atlantic (aka ‘On the Horizon’), and thanks to enormous generosity raised just over €12,000. The funds were used for location filming, creating an online and media presence, live streaming debates and discussions around the country and developing our interactive ‘Atlantic Stream’ website.

Since September last year the project has grown much bigger than we anticipated so we’re taking on more crew and shooting lots more on location in Ireland, Newfoundland and Norway after which we will need to go into post production. It’s a big ask but we really need your help once more to get us to the finish line.

What happens once the film is completed?

Our first feature, 'The Pipe' screened at a host of major film festivals worldwide, it won numerous awards and was an instrumental force in informing the Irish people on the real situation up in north Mayo. The plan is to do the same with Atlantic, when it’s completed late 2014.

Final Word

A big THANK YOU for reading this far. We know it’s a lot to take in and we truly appreciate your interest and support. Now, let us gently guide you to the left of your screen, towards our incentives…

Every single cent counts but if you’re not in a position to donate you can still be a big part of the film by spreading the word.

Posted Date: 
1 May 2014