Imelda O’Reilly is an independent writer, filmmaker and producer and a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA film program. Her award winning film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads was a Student Academy Award Nominee and has shown internationally at over 30 film festivals. This film is in the permanent collection at Barnard College.
As a commissioned writer her work has been developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, and at residencies with New York Theatre Workshop (at Vassar College) Voice and Vision Envision Retreat (at Bard College) and Ucross Foundation (in Clearmont, Wyoming). Her work has been performed at BAM Café, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mabou Mines, Theatre for the New City and at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.
Imelda has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Women in Film Fellowship, City University of New York research grant and the Irish Arts Council. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco for filmmaking in 2007. Her screenplay entitled Beneath the Boy’s Cry was an official selection for Moonstone International Screenwriting Lab and was also a two-time finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters and Director’s Lab. Beneath the Boy’s Cry is currently optioned by DeFina Films. Her published books include a collection of poems entitled I Wake in Half Dream (Lapwing Press,) and her fiction appears in Shenanigans an anthology of Irish fiction published by (Sceptre UK). She has written and directed numerous plays. Most recently she was commissioned as a writer by Mabou Mines on their production of Song For New York.
Projects in development include Midnight Crisis, Beneath the Boy’s Cry, and Emilita and the Fairy Glen. As a producer she founded Fazinate Productions in 1998 and has been producing content on four continents, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She is an Assistant Arts Professor in film at New York University, prior to NYU she taught at Barnard College, Hunter College and the School for Visual Arts.
Joe Foley is an award winning Director of Photography and working in the industry for over twenty years. He has shot twelve feature films, commercials, documentaries and music videos. He has shot films and documentaries on five continents; Europe, Asia, Africa and both North and South America.
The first feature he shot, Dogs: The Rise and Fall of an All-Girl-Bookie Joint, was the sole American selection at the Rotterdam Film Festival. It was sold two weeks later at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to have theatrical distribution in Europe and the US. Another feature called Killing Time was in competition at Sundance in 2002. Both of these features were reviewed in American Cinematographer; March 1998 and February 2002 respectively.
He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film from New York University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography from Columbia. He has taught filmmaking and cinematography at New York University-Singapore, The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, The New School and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Fazinate Productions is an international production company dedicated to producing innovative films, documentaries digital content and theatre that reflects artistic diversity and commercial appeal. Imelda O’Reilly founded the company in 1998. Joe Foley joined as co-artistic director in 2003.
We have produced and shot on four continents including, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Our budgets have ranged from $50K to $2.5m on independent films. We consult on concept, story and script development.
Currently we have a number of projects in development including a feature film entitled Beneath the Boy’s Cry and a Reality Television show entitled The Spirited Actor, Hollywood’s Next African Star. We just returned from Shanghai where we produced and directed a series of corporate videos. Other feature films in development include a road movie entitled Midnight Crisis set in Morocco and an animated feature entitled Emilita and the Fairy Glen. In addition we are producing and directing a documentary about the arts in Asia.
Previous theatrical productions include; Kid Shamrock (Atlantic Theatre Company), Under the Law of Daniel Webster, (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Twilight Café (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Faz In Ate (Deadalus Theatre Company) Emilita & the Fairy Glen (Deadalus Theatre Company), Calgary (OSA Savior’s Atonement), Mister Parnell (National Arts Club), Bloomsday Jaunt in Paris, (1993), and a Bloomsday Jaunt in New York (1992).