The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins welcomes James Joyce (John Shevlin) and Godfrey Jordan to the annual Bloomsday Garden Party at his official residence 'Arás an Uachtaráin.' Principal photography of the ongoing JJ Documentary Project has continued in Ireland, Italy, Canada and the United States.
"Documentary film is the creative treatment of actuality" - John Grierson, founder, National Film Board
"He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible" - James Joyce, "Ulysses" ---------------------------------
The James Joyce Documentary Project provides a platform for filmmakers, graphic artists, writers, poets and performance artists to exhibit their work exploring the life, times and influences of one of the most significant authors of the 20th century.
The Project launched as part of the 2018 Bloomsday Fringe Festival with a world premiere of short films from Dublin-raised, Toronto-based producer Godfrey Jordan.
"Bloomsday ReJoyce" explores Joyce's influence as revealed by a cast of real-life characters.
"Portrait of the Milliner as yer man himself" shows an Irish hat-maker demonstrating his skills in a Dickens-era workshop and who later emerges onto the streets of Dublin as the living spirit of "yer man himself." Featuring John Shevlin, the official lookalike at the James Joyce Centre. (Winner - BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY, 2019, Garden State Film Festival)
"Past Future: A James Joyce Conference" reveals what happens when Joycean academics mix with artists at an international conference. Ideas and actions are shared, debated, performed and orated, from past studies to future trends in Virtual Reality.
"Essentially James Joyce" (in 4 minutes) The Dublin City Rounders rock it explaining the man's life...within 4 minutes.
"JJ" currently in post-production is the long-form documentary which brings to life the author himself.
"Bloomsday Way - The Unveiling" The City of Toronto names lane ways to honour its annual celebrations in which local residents re-enact scenes from 'Ulysses' adapting locations that reflect Dublin's past.
Original soundtracks composed and performed by the Dublin City Rounders.
The Project has a personal connection for Godfrey Jordan: his father and cousins attended Belvedere College (Joyce's alma mater, the red-brick building in the top photo above) and his grandfather was a schoolmate of Joyce's as both attended the Jesuit-run college during the same time period.
To contribute to The Project, please contact: info@GodfreyJordan.com
"ESSENTIALLY JAMES JOYCE (in 4 minutes)" The late, great novelist's world unfolds in a stream of consciousness newsreel experience. composed & performed by Rohan Healy, Al Healy and David Virgin aka the Dublin City Rounders