June 4

Fresh International FilmFestival offers a stellar line up of events in…

first_imgAdvertisement TAGSFresh Film FestivalKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Print Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Emailcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LifestyleEntertainmentFilmLimerickNewsFresh International FilmFestival offers a stellar line up of events in celebration of it 25th AnniversaryBy Meghann Scully – March 16, 2021 133 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Parr’s Ireland 40 Years of PhotographyNext articleCovid stress causes one-in-five Irish people to spend less time on teeth Meghann Scully REPRO FREE – From Analog to Virtual – Fresh International Film Festival and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards are celebrating their 25 anniversary of giving young filmmakers a platform to shine. Pictured in Limerick is Jayne Foley, founder and artistic director of Fresh Film with young filmmakers (L to R) Shane Joyce, 18, from Mungret, Co. Limerick, Cian Rowley, 17 from Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, Tara Lowth, 16, from Killaloe, Ballina, Co Clare and Asha Murray Bennett, 18, from Shannon, Co. Clare. See www.freshfilmfestival.com. Picture: Dermot CulhaneALL has changed in the world of film festivals post-Covid-19, and Fresh International Film Festival (March 22-28) is going digital as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of giving young filmmakers a platform to shine.Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2021 will take place online with presenter and documentary filmmaker Stephen Byrne and comedian and social creative Justine Stafford hosting this year’s awards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jayne Foley, founder and artistic director of Fresh Film said, “In honour of our 25th anniversary we are offering an amazing line up of programme events this year including an alumni showcase, screenings, workshops and masterclasses.“While we can’t bring our community of young filmmakers together in one room right now, we can bring them together online. In the spirit of Fresh our online activities will connect, inspire and support young filmmakers.”Justine said, “Being back hosting at Fresh Film, a festival that I once attended as a teen and had my films screened and awarded at is such an incredible honour. I’m so excited to see all the festival entries for 2021 and it is truly a privilege to be here hosting them!”Stephen added, “I’m delighted to be hosting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards this year with Justine. In what has been such a difficult year for many it is incredibly inspiring to see all the filmmakers involved making incredible stories with all odds stacked against them. The future of film in Ireland is strong!”Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place March 22 – 28 and features an alumni showcase and a week of film screenings, school workshops and young filmmaker masterclasses.The Junior Finals of Young Filmmaker of the Year will take place on Thursday, March 25 and the Seniors Finals the next day, Friday, March 26 via YouTube live stream.Thanks to the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, The BAI and Screen Skills Ireland the Fresh International Film Festival amazing programme of activities is 2021 is free. This year’s virtual programme includes:Monday, March 22 – ‘Classic Fresh’, a screening as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations. This is the first of three Classic Fresh screenings featuring the best short films from the Fresh archive.The screenings run at 7 pm Monday, March 22, Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24. All screenings on www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.Tuesday, March 23 – ‘The Image You Missed’ Feature Screening from 10 am.  This multi award winning film explores history, identity, filmmaking and storytelling and would be a unique discussion piece for your classwork on ‘The Troubles’. For information on how to access the film please [email protected] screening of the International Youth Cinema Network awards winners films from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.Wednesday, March 24 – ‘Take 25’, a special programme about Fresh’s 25 years will be released via Fresh International Film Festival’s YouTube at 6.30 pm. Fresh Film Director Jayne Foley is joined by a host of graduate Fresh Filmmakers to reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Fresh. From early winners of The Irish School Video Competition to Ireland’s Young Filmmakers of the Years!Thursday, March 25 – Screening the Junior finalist film’s and some International films via the festival website plus the announcement of the Ireland’s Junior Young Filmmaker of the Year award winner via YouTube.At 7PM tune in for ‘Meet the Director’ with Dr Tony Tracy in conversation with Dónal Foreman, Director of ‘The Image you Missed’, via Zoom. Booking via Eventbrite.Friday, March 26  – Screening the Senior finalist’s films on Friday, March 26 plus the announcement of the Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year Senior award winner via a YouTube live stream.Saturday March 27 – ‘Young Filmmaker Masterclasses’, with the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland, Hubbard Casting and Dominic Power. This day of film skills is for young teenage filmmakers and places can be booked via Eventbrite. You can book for the full day or for specific elements of the day.For the full programme of events visit www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener last_img read more

September 16

Football 101 teams up with Carbone Center to sack cancer

first_imgFootball 101 for Women will return for its ninth edition — this time, in an exciting new partnership with the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.Football 101 provides women with the chance to learn about the game, rub shoulders with Badger players and coaches and help assist the UW Carbone Cancer Center in the fight against cancer. Attendees will have the opportunity to get out on the field and participate in drills with UW coaches and players, have a question-and-answer session with players and a tour of Camp Randall Stadium. NBA: Bucks match-up with injury-ridden Celtics in first round of playoffsThe Milwaukee Bucks will face the Boston Celtics in the first  of a best-of-seven-games series this Sunday afternoon in Boston. Read…Football 101 for Women has been a great success in its first eight years, selling out each time. Last year’s event saw 300 women participate and more than $54,000 raised. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, June 20 at Camp Randall Stadium and registration is currently open with tickets available for $90.It’s an annual event many eagerly mark down on their calendars, and not only the women. It excites many within UW football and the wider community as well. “This has become something our players and staff look forward to every year,” UW head coach Paul Chryst said when speaking to UW Athletics. “It’s a fun time for everyone, but what really makes it great is the chance to team up with Carbone to make a real impact on people in our community who are affected by cancer.”How three-point shot came to be, according to Bo RyanBasketball ebbs and flows. The style of play has changed so much over the years that a game from 1960s Read…UW Carbone Cancer Center Outreach Specialist Danielle Falcone said Chryst had a big part to play in the formation of this partnership.“Coach Chryst and his wife Robyn are the two that are spearheading it, and they’re just looking to keep the funds in the university and build the relationship with another university organization,” Falcone said.The UW Carbone Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state of Wisconsin. This means they are involved in a wide range of aspects relating to cancer. Some of their work includes outreach and fundraising, patient treatment and care, as well as research such as clinical trials and pilot programs, which are conducted by their physicians and researchers. Carbone also has a number of accolades for contribution to cancer research, including the first non-twin bone marrow transplant Dr. Fritz Bach conducted in 1968. “So even though the money is staying local, and feels like its just helping local people, it really has a global impact on cancer research,” Falcone said. In addition to the support and fundraising it will provide for women’s cancer research, Carbone sees other benefits in forming a connection with UW football.“It’s appealing to us because they have such a wide reach, it’s a demographic we don’t usually get to tap into,” Falcone said. “Hopefully, it draws us a younger demographic.”Bo is back: talking Coaches vs. Cancer, Badger BasketballFor almost 15 years, Coach Bo Ryan was at the helm of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Over Read…As is the case for most fundraising events, sponsorship is at the center of the effort. Football 101 for Women needs the support of local business to push the fundraising drive. Business can be involved at different levels of sponsorship and Falcone said there have already been many businesses reaching out to be involved.“It’s been an overwhelmingly positive response about sponsorship so far,” Falcone said.Along with the sponsorship from local businesses, this year will also see individuals encouraged to do their own fundraising for the first time. “We really want the attendees to gauge their networks and get a couple extra bucks to go to the Cancer Center and hopefully that will raise the bottom line for us a little bit,” Falcone says. With just more than two months to go before event day, there have already been more than $8,000 raised, a sign Football 101 for Women is on its way to another successful installment.last_img read more

August 26

How a bobblehead honoring Dodgers superfan Hiccups the Clown pays it forward in LA

first_imgFrankie Mercado might not have ever considered the power of a bobblehead – until he saw one crafted in his own image nodding positively in his direction.The preschool teacher from Silver Lake goes by the alter ego of “Hiccups The Clown,” a self-proclaimed Dodgers’ super fan whose team-inspired blue-and-white jersey, cap, shorts and oversized shoes have expanded from entertaining at kids’ parties to becoming fixture in the stands at Dodger Stadium.With National Bobblehead Day upon us Sunday – was that on your 2018 calendar? – the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum decided to honor Hiccups with a limited-edition bobble. Proceeds go toward two causes that bring him joy.One is the Hiccups Pizza Project, a once-a-month grass roots effort he started with volunteers several years ago to feed the hungry on Skid Row in downtown L.A. The other is the PADRES Contra El Cancer/Parents Against Cancer non-profit. Mercado is an ambassador for the program and helps childhood cancer patients and their families, particularly in the Latino community.“This has been an awesome journey,” Mercado said, who works at the Camelot Kids Preschool in Silver Lake. “When the bobblehead was first offered to me, my first response was: I have no money to pay for it. But when they told me they wanted to do it, as a fundraiser …. when I first saw it, I thought it was amazing.”The Hiccups The Clown bobblehead with angel wings will be limited to 500 for sale.This is actually the second edition of a National Bobblehead Hall and Museum bobblehead in Hiccups’ honor. The first, in 2015, sold out quickly and has since become a collectible. Mercado himself bought up a batch to give free to the kids with cancer who he often visited. The sales of that raised $2,000 for PADRES.The new edition has added a pair of angels wings, in honor of a global arts awareness project started in L.A. in 2012 by Collette Miller. During one Skid Row visit, Mercado noticed a pair of Miller’s wings painted on the side of a building near their project on Gladys and 6th streets. He handed his phone to one of the Skid Row residents nearby to take his photo standing in front of the wings, gaining his trust and starting another new relationship.That photo became the framework for this bobblehead, with Miller’s endorsement. Again limited to 500 bobbles produced, the goal this year is to raise $3,000 to apply toward Mercado’s projects. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the Bobblehead Hall of Fame, explained that he and partner Brad Novak began several years ago creating a “Super Fan” line of bobbleheads to pay tribute to those whose characters become a part of the sports they love. Sklar said he had not heard of Mercado and his mission until another collector, Pedro Avalos, suggested it.“As soon as I Googled Hiccups and watched a video, I knew he needed a bobblehead,” said Sklar. “The work he has done on behalf of others through the Hiccups Pizza Project and other community involvement efforts, combined with his passion for the Dodgers, made it a no-brainer.”Mercado explained how his work on Skid Row was actually inspired by a Dodgers promotion – a Sunday game-day sale of the famous Dodger Dogs for just $1. Mercado decided to buy up 20 as he was leaving the game, but not for himself. He drove straight to Skid Row and handed them to a man in a wheelchair wearing a Dodgers cap.“All of the sudden, people were running across the street to see what was going on – but we didn’t have any more Dodger Dogs,” Mercado said. “The people were saying, ‘That’s all right, we wanted to see you and say hi.’”The next $1 Dodger Dog promotion, Mercado organized a plan on Facebook to have other Dodgers fans buy up the hot dogs, meet him outside the left field pavilion and would deliver them together to Skid Row. About 50 dogs were donated this time.“Those kind of moments break my heart into pieces, but it really brought some happiness. I went home and wrote up a plan on how we could do more. Things just fell into place.”The second bobblehead has other distinct meaningful additions.The number 98 on Mercado’s bobblehead was intended to honor the age of his grandmother, who he has been taking care of at his home – but she has since reached the age of 103.In his Hiccups persona, he has also been working at Children’s Hospital in L.A. The yellow ribbon on his bobblehead cap reflects his acknowledgement of cancer patients. On the back of the cap is “I Am Hope,” the website of the PADRES organization.Hiccups is also holding a pizza box, with a stick on the top lid recognizing the Hiccups Pizza Project. A copy of the original photo of him with the angel wings is also on the base of the bobblehead.“I am blessed in every aspect,” said Mercado, who only reveals his age to be “in my 40s.” “The Pizza Project has been a win-win situation now. We get as many as 70 volunteers each month who don’t miss a Sunday – nurses, doctors, single parents, cancer survivors, veterans … even those who were previously homeless. We serve with integrity. We learn that if we treat people the way we all should be treated, it would be a better world.“I like to think through all this, we’re helping kids live on hope, and we helping humans feel they’re less hopeless.”The Hiccups The Clown second edition bobblehead is available for $25 at store.bobbleheadhall.com with $6 of every sale going toward Mercado’s projects.last_img read more