The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins welcomes James Joyce (John Shevlin) and Godfrey Jordan to his annual Bloomsday Garden Party at his official residence 'Arás an Uachtaráin' (June 16, 2018). Principal photography of the ongoing JJ Documentary Project continued throughout the day and over a 3 week period in Dublin, extending into July.
"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 James Joyce Documentary Project launches with a world premiere of short films from Dublin-raised, Toronto-based producer Godfrey Jordan.
"Bloomsday ReJoyce" shot during the 2017 Festival, explores Joyce's influence as revealed by a publisher, a Senator, theatre performers, a cleric, a cabbie, art exhibits, Japanese and Farsi translations, pub gatherings and period costume parties involving an amazing 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.
"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) a creative interpretation of reality as the late, great novelist's world unfolds in a stream of consciousness newsreel experience...within 4 minutes.
"Essentially James Joyce" currently in post-production is the long-form documentary which brings to life the author himself in a unique presentation of Joycean proportions.
"Bloomsday Way - The Unveiling" The City of Toronto names laneways 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 photo above) and his grandfather was a schoolmate of Joyce's since they both attended the Jesuit-run college during the same time period.
To contribute to The Project, please contact info@TelevationMediainc.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