Sunday 25 January 2015

Ablevision crew get taste of fame

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:10

Angela Boylan on camera, Peter Mckeown, executive director, Conor O'Dowd, Siobhan Farrell and Geraldine Ward interview a member of the Rescue Service.

THE CREW of Ablevision Ireland, all of whom have an intellectual disability, are about to have their first taste of fame.

Their first documentary ' Through the same lens' is to be aired on the Information TV Sky Channel 212 and Freesat 401 at 12.30pm next Sunday, January 27.

Ablevision Ireland's main aim is to support people with intellectual disabilities to learn and develop the skills required for producing short films and television programmes. The concept is based on Ablevision USA which is located in Boston and is very well established.

The crew, as the participants are known, get a chance to work alongside media studies students in order to develop their own talents and abilities.

In July of 2012 Ablevision ran a two week summer camp. Fourteen participants took part on the course and were supported by students from DKit and volunteers. At the end of a very successful and enjoyable two weeks the crew had been supported in shooting a variety of short films.

'We tried to capture the spirit of what Ablevision is all about, showing the absolute fun there was to be had, along with some good learning, and importantly the participation of the wider community", said Orlaith Carmody, Editorial Consultant to the project. "With the support of many people who gave their time and expertise willingly, we were able to bring this together, and show what people with intellectual disability can achieve, and what the rest of us can learn from them."

With the first successful piece of work under their belt, the crew now have a plan to host the very first film festival which focuses on people with intellectual disability. People with intellectual disabilities must be involved in the production of the films and the festival will be hosted and run by people with intellectual disabilities. More information on Ablevision is available on , or by telephoning Audrey on 086 1744994 or you can tune into Information TV this coming Sunday.

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