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.' WATCH NOW: https://vimeo.com/701883532/c265982e37
Principal photography of the ongoing JJ Documentary Project has continues 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.
"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) https://vimeo.com/265273389
"The Necessary Fiction: Life with James Joyce's Ulysses" Michael Groden presents his 'autoBloomography.'. https://vimeo.com/373723304
"LET IT BEardfire" The Dublin City Rounders in the studio recording their Joycean tribute. https://vimeo.com/658248579
"There's a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom" Dublin's Olivier Cornet Gallery features a Bloomsday sketching event. https://vimeo.com/702423478/de3a74bc92
"The Lass of Aughrim" Noel O'Grady explains the song's history prior to performing it at Joyce's Martello Tower. https://vimeo.com/429090151
"The Michael Groden Papers" celebrates the acquisition of Michael Groden's archive by the University at Buffalo, Poetry Collection. https://vimeo.com/691192139/883c2cc9ba .
"Framing Finnegans Wake" a filmmaker discusses his 20 year-long project with 3 professors. https://vimeo.com/688194444/dbb4b959ad
"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 the book's setting. https://vimeo.com/426736882
"Trieste Joyce School" - in the Italian city where Joyce wrote 'Ulysses' (1 min. trailer) https://vimeo.com/677440129
"Past Future: A Joycean Confab" academics & artists gather at conferences.
Currently in pre-production is "Bloomsday ReJoyce" a feature documentary which brings the author himself to life.
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)
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 Quiff and David Virgin aka the Dublin City Rounders