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Documentary to revisit Teresa Treacy story

Story by Laura Ryder

Monday, 15th October, 2012 9:30am

Documentary to revisit Teresa Treacy story

The maker of a documentary about Teresa Treacy, the Clonmore women who went to prison last year after refusing ESB workers access to her land to complete a power line, is hoping crowdfunding will help her complete the project. "Danger Overhead Powerlines" is near completion according to director Mia Mullarkey.

She has looked to crowdfunding website to raise €4,000 by November 8 to complete the project.

Since beginning the funding appeal €690 - or 17 per cent - of the total needed has been pledged by 25 donors. Depending on donations amounts donors will get thanks in the credits of the finished project, a signed still from the film, a DVD of the finished product, a private screening.

"The film is near completion," Mia said this week. "It's a very low budget production with a great team on board. I'm looking forward to completing it and getting it out into the world for all to see and hear Teresa's tale."

The film documentary intimately follows Teresa Treacy's experiences during and after her time in prison.

As yet unfinished, Mia said the €4,000 she's hoping to raise will go towards editing, marketing, festivals and buying footage from RTE and TV3 for the project.

"Danger Overhead Powerlines" is directed by Mia Mullarkey, produced by Sinead O'Brien and edited by Kevin Cunnane and Mia Mullarkey. Director of photography on the project is Lorcan Dunne.

The documentary is Mia's second short documentary, after last year's "Halls Without Walls" that received honourable mention for best short documentary at both the Galway Film Fleadh and the DIY Film Festival. Producer Sinead O'Brien is an award winning documentary maker.

In her online plea for funds Mia gives "three good reasons" for donations. The first of the reasons is, she says, that Teresa Treacy is an inspiring woman. The second is that with ESB about to embark on a multi-billion euro project erecting power lines across Ireland it is a "crucial time for a story like this to get out there", and finally that the film is as far on as editing stage and "we just need some more money to get it completed".

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