COPE film generating quite a buzz

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: COPE service users who took part in filming: L-R Wayne O'Sullivan (Courtmacsherry), Paul O'Driscoll (Bandon) and Leo Buckley (Bandon).

The Park Cinema, Clonakilty will premier ‘On The Pig’s Back’ at a private screening on Tuesday May 13. This short comedy film features amateur actors from COPE Foundation, Clogheen, Clonakilty and was filmed in West Cork. The red carpet event celebrates the creativity of the people that COPE support, giving family and friends the opportunity to see their loved ones on the big screen.

An early evening showing will screen a triple bill of short films made at COPE over the past year, together with introductions by cast members, who will explain the projects.

‘On The Pig’s Back‘ is a touching comedy heist and showcases the talents of many of COPE’s service users. It evolved through a series of improvisation workshops facilitated by the director, Alison Glennie. Limited funding allowed COPE to use the services of a professional videographer / editor but the budget could not stretch to a sound crew and equipment. It has been subtitled to aid clarity and also to amplify the all-inclusive nature of the work. This unusual short film is generating quite a buzz and has already been selected for inclusion at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull later this May.

‘Distant Shores’, a documentary short, is a poignant series of interviews on the impact of emigration upon those left behind. It won a prize for the Gathering Project at the Fastnet Short Film Festival in 2013. It was shot on an iPhone.

‘Let Me Be Brave in The Attempt’ documents past and present qualifiers, as they journey to the Special Olympics Irish Games in Limerick this summer. This project was a collaboration between Laurna Levis (PE) and Alison Glennie (Drama) and was originally conceived as a video diary, embracing the use of digital technology, in the absence of more sophisticated equipment, which the centre does not have access to. This documentary was selected for inclusion by the Ablevision Ireland Film Festival In Drogheda in March this year.

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

Around 1 in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and are to be found in every community and school in the country. They apply for every type of job but are often misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.
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