"...it's when you leave without saying goodbye. You just...vanish."

Irish Goodbye is a dark comedy based on a true story. When a man slips into a nihilistic whirlwind of substance abuse and destruction, his landlord and their eccentric community must find a way to stop his unraveling.

We are now finishing the film and want to invite you to join us.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help us finish this film:


Here’s why you may want to contribute:

  • The True Story - The actual sequence of events that led to the making of this film was crazy and tragic...and ultimately restorative. To hear about it, watch the video above and read "The Story" below.

  • The Movie -  Perhaps unprecedented, this film was written and shot while still in the midst of the situation that it's based on. The fictionalized screenplay merges actual events from the preceding weeks into one chaotic day on-screen. It casts the grim situation in a humorous and empathetic light, striving for catharsis. The actual people involved in the real-life situation portray themselves in the film, recreating the dilemma on-screen. The performances and cinematography in the footage is amazing. Watch the trailer below, we think you’ll agree.

  • The Tax Benefit - We’re sponsored by 'From The Hear', a non-profit organization that assists films that deal with issues of social concern. Your donation to this film is tax deductible, and we hope you’ll consider contributing with this in mind.

  • The Benefactors - You're helping us complete a film that is very important to a lot of people. You'll be part of a community bringing this film to life! Additionally, you will directly benefit via the incentives listed below on this page. Lastly, we’re putting a portion of proceeds in a college fund for the 4-year-old grandson of the tenant / lead actor.

  • The Film Community - This project has received positive attention from the film community, including the people behind the short film ‘Curfew’, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Short Film. They’ve been been very generous with their time and energy, and have offered to guide us through post-production and into film festivals.

  • The Momentum - This film was born out of urgency, going from script to wrap in just a few weeks.  We need to keep building that momentum. This campaign helps by expanding the community that is bringing this film to life. Shooting this film was a community effort, and it's important that this project continues as such. We'd love to have you join us.

Here is the first trailer for this film:

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help us finish this film:


Irish Goodbye’ is a short film based on an extraordinary true story about a community pulling together to help a man in an existential nosedive. This raw and humane dark-comedy tracks a day in the life of Thom, a property manager whose abundance of empathy is easily abused. Thom is dutifully redressing his tenants’ issues when he is faced with a crisis far beyond his job description. Scott, a middle-aged tenant, has slipped into a freefall of substance abuse and destruction. When confronted about his malignant behavior, Scott justifies his actions by claiming a recent diagnosis of terminal cancer...but should Thom believe an addict? The turbulent situation spirals from bad to worse, until the eccentric community steps in and enables them to transcend.

The true story of this film’s birth, and the life force that came from shooting it, transformed the lives of those involved. We were still submerged in the quagmire when the film was written and shot. No one could slow this man’s descent -- not his family, medical professionals, nor the law. Finding ourselves at a dead end and running out of time, the community pulled together to make this film with him. This project was a desperate, last-gasp attempt to resolve the predicament, and the entire experience became sublime.  

The film is a fictionalized scripted narrative. The key events in this film occurred in actuality during the two weeks preceding the writing of the screenplay. The film was shot a week later in the exact same locations, using the incidentally damaged property as set-design and the actual people as actors. Everyone portrays themselves on screen, including Scott and Thom.

The back-story, screenplay and footage have attracted some highly accomplished producers, but we have yet to secure financing. Please help us finish this vital journey. 


To finish this film, we need to raise funds to pay for post-production services, such as editing, sound, distribution, and more.  The accumulative cost of these services varies widely, but begins around $12,000 and adds up quickly depending on the caliber of skill and the amount of time devoted.  Therefore, the amount we'll allocate for post-production will be relative to the total amount raised, and we hope to afford the best treatment possible for this film.

So far, all expenses have been paid out-of-pocket (around $5000).  The cast and production crew all deferred payment and reimbursement for the sake of the film. Not only did these amazing humans give their time, talents and resources to this film, but the compassion they brought helped relieve this very difficult situation. Compensating and reimbursing them is imperative, and the total cost for that is $8000.

Also, I made a promise to the tenant that if we ever received funds for this film, we would put his share into a college-fund for his grandson.  We are working with his family and a financial planner to set this up.


Elias Gwinn - Writer, Director, Executive Producer - has worked predominantly as a music producer, and recently has been working in film and television. Gwinn produced, directed, and edited many short documentaries, and he has co-created several narrative television series that are in various stages of pre-production. Based in Syracuse, NY, Gwinn owns and operates Velidoxi Productions.

Darcy Trunzo - Producer, Production Designer - is a social-practice artist turned filmmaker. Arriving at producing by way of locations, she has worked on award winning productions such as ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Foxcatcher’, and ‘Louie’. Trunzo has produced for exhibiting artists such as Holly Zausner, and has also produced The Gift - a short comedy currently on the festival circuit. ‘Irish Goodbye’ is Trunzo’s fourth project in collaboration with DP Brendan Swift, and second with Gwinn and Harmeyer.

Brendan Swift - Director of Photography, Producer - is a 5 year veteran in the camera department. Swift, a native of Buffalo, NY, maintains active ties to his hometown while going wherever work takes him. Swift works with fine artists such as Holly Zausner and Rammy Yogendra, as well as narrative, documentary, and commercial contexts. Swift is a producer and director of photography on the third season of the webseries ‘Tough Love’, and the new webseries ‘Marco Solo’. Swift also shot ‘Big Bad Art’, which premiered at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival. 

Brenden Hubbard aka ‘Bear’ - Producer, Festival Management - is an award-winning filmmaker and producer. He has managed productions and festival runs for various films since 2012, including Fuzzy Logic’s short film, Curfew and the subsequent feature, Before I Disappear. He is currently managing the festival run of Oh Lucy! (winner of the 2015 Jury Award: International Fiction at the Sun- dance Film Festival). Hubbard studied audio engineering at Temple Uni- versity and has toured internationally with bands including Stellastarr and Father John Misty. 

Michael Harmeyer - Production Manager - has worked on several large productions at City Stage Studios and was the Director of Public Relations for Troma Pictures. This is Harmeyer’s second project with Trunzo and Gwinn.

Mohammed Elsafty - Editorial Collaborator - is a Syracuse native actively working as an assistant editor in reality and documentary filmmaking, giving him a unique capacity to work on a project involving non-actors.


Thom Dellwo - portraying himself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse. Dellwo works in financial education with the Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and is married to Meagan Weatherby. 

Scott Keane - portraying himself - grew up in Camillus, NY. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Syracuse University in computer engineering. At the time of filming, he had almost completed his doctorate in computer engineering at Syracuse University. 

Simone Richmond - portraying herself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse. She works in political activism and women’s advocacy. 

Mike Ripple Sr. - portraying himself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse and gives private music lessons. 

Meagan Weatherby - portraying herself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse with her husband, Thom Dellwo. Weatherby works in financial education with the Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union. 

Aly Wane - portraying himself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse and works in political activism. 

Steve Terry - portraying himself - lives in Dewitt, NY, with his wife and two children. Steve is a professional sound engineer. 

Mike Ripple Jr. - portraying himself - lives in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse. 

Join the growing community that is supporting this project. 

All donations are tax-deductible via ‘From The Heart’, a not-for-profit fiscal sponsor for the film.  From the Heart has been successfully funding projects since our inception in 1993 under the 501(c)3 Internal Revenue Code of 1954.  They are also classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Code.  As such, any monetary donations to their Fiscal Sponsorship Program qualifies as charitable contributions under the U.S. Tax Code for 95 444 5418.

We're also collaborating with the Onondaga County and CNY Film Commission and Visit Syracuse.  They are helping us obtain sponsorship from local businesses, many of whom were patronized during production. 

Please join us by contributing to this project. 

Thank you!