A train pulls into a station, leaving a woman on the platform as it pulls out. For two minutes or so, a stationary camera captures the woman on video. We see a coat covering, dejected, round-shouldered figure. A single, uneventful scene of the encounter with a NY-City female homeless and, the camera silently fixes it.
Over the past 9 years, Donal Foreman has written, directed, produced and shot dozens of short films. He is also a published film critic, frequently writing for Film Ireland and the LA-based Filmmakers Alliance Magazine. His work can be read on www.cassavetes.com and on www.robnilsson.com. Nilsson described Foreman, in his filmmaking as well as his writing, as "a talent likely to make a real mark".
In 2004, he made How to Make a Fresh Film, an educational DVD funded by the Arts Council. It has been screened around Ireland and distributed to schools around the country. In the past year he has completed several projects ranging from drama to documentary to experimental, including the 30-min My Friend’s House and a 50min film about Cuba.
Screening / Award history:
His work was screened 5 years in a row at the Fresh Film Festival, picking up awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2003, Unmentionable won him 1st prize and the audience award, and went on to be screened in the IFI First Cut showcase and Galway Film Fleadh. Film Ireland called it "hilarious and daring", writing it "can stand with the very best short cinema this country has produced in recent years."