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Irish Chamber Orchestra launches a new short film, as part of an exhibition of ICO Originals at Hunt Museum Irish Chamber Orchestra launches a new short film, as part of an exhibition of ICO Originals at Hunt Museum

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Irish Chamber Orchestra launches a new short film, as part of an exhibition of ICO Originals at Hunt Museum

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ICO Originals are a showcase of twelve films made by the Irish Chamber Orchestra during Covid with over 40 collaborators.

Two ICO Originals were selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Stockholm International Film Festival, and The Richard Harris Film Festival

The ICO Originals will be shown for two weeks in the Hunt Museum, starting November 30 until December 13.
The ICO Originals will be shown for two weeks in the Hunt Museum, starting November 30 until December 13.

Irish Chamber Orchestra delved headlong into the world of film when faced with the challenges of Covid-19 and how to present the orchestra to audiences while continuing to provide work to its musicians and to other artists in difficult times.

ICO Originals is a showcase of twelve very diverse short films, showcasing 24 artforms with over 40 collaborators, in four distinct spaces at The Hunt Museum, Limerick. 

“By releasing these magical cine-shorts from a single screen and setting them here at The Hunt Museum, we and our collaborators are extending these imaginative films in both time and space. We hope people will pop in and enjoy them,” said Gerard Keenan, ICO CEO.

To coincide with the launch, ICO introduces a short new film and its biggest collaboration to date. ‘Ten Years from Now’ is an ethereal and emotive offering by Vyvienne Long and Irish Chamber Orchestra, led by Katherine Hunka. The song, written, arranged, and performed by Long from her album, A Lifetime of High Fives is delicate, arresting, and thought-provoking. Beautifully disarming and intensely personal, this short film captures the heart and leads the way to the next chapter of ICO filmmaking.

Directed and edited by Shane Serrano, ‘Ten Years from Now’ is performed by Long with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.  It was recorded by Paul Ashe Browne, mixed, and mastered by Ciaran Byrne, with Cinematography by Shane Serrano, Sean Doupe and VFX by Philip Shanahan. It was produced by Crude Media and Irish Chamber Orchestra.  Acting by Eleanor O’Brien and Eleanor O’Brien with an ICO Quintet featuring Vyvienne Long, Louis Roden, Robin Panter, Gina Maria McGuinness, and Malachy Robinson.

These films evolved during Covid. In November 2020, ICO launched an innovative collaborative series iCreate Online, featuring four covid-inspired short films in partnership with thirteen arts specialists. A play on Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO), the iCreate Online series showcased a variety of creative disciplines with each expression accompanied by an assortment of music from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. These creative heart-warming and inspirational episodes took ICO social media channels by storm. Such was their online success, three more short films were released in February, March, and April 2021, followed by a final four in Autumn 2021 (September, October, and November).

Collaboration, multiplicity, ingenuity, and evolution has propelled the ICO to bring these shorts to a wider audience. Two of our short films adapted from the iCreate Online series, TAOIDĺ AMA and HOPE were selected for the Galway Film Fleadh, Junior Film Fleadh, Louth International Film Festival, Madriff, Madrid Indie Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, and more recently, The Richard Harris Film Festival.

ICO Originals takes place at The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, Limerick from Wednesday, November 30 until Tuesday, December 13.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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