"...IT'S WHEN YOU LEAVE WITHOUT SAYING GOODBYE. YOU JUST...VANISH."
‘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. In this raw and humane dark-comedy, Thom, a property manager who is too nice for his own good, is faced with a crisis far beyond his job description. Scott, a middle-aged tenant, has become a whirlwind of destruction in his rental house. When Thom confronts Scott about his malignant behavior, Scott justifies his actions by claiming to be terminally ill...but should Thom believe someone who is in a free-fall of substance abuse? The turbulent situation spirals from bad to worse, until the quirky community steps in and helps them transcend.
The true story of how this film was born, and the life force that came from shooting it, transformed the lives of those involved. We were still submerged in this real-life quagmire when the film was written and shot. In other words, the film’s pretense was something we were actively trying to resolve in reality. No one could slow Scott’s descent -- not his family, health professionals, nor the law. Finding ourselves at a dead-end and running out of time, we made a last-gasp attempt to break through to him: we offered to make a movie with him. He loved the idea! The community rallied, we redirected his energy from destruction to creation, and the entire experience became sublime.
The film is a fictionalized scripted narrative built on key events that 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, employing the damaged property as set-design and the actual people as actors. Everyone portrays themselves on screen, including Scott and Thom.
After shooting the film, we were able to escort Scott to his estranged family in California where he spent the remainder of his life. Scott passed away in January 2016. We have created a memorial college fund for Scott’s 5-year-old grandson, where Scott’s proceeds from the film will be contributed, as per his request.
We are currently working hard to finish this film. The back-story and the footage have attracted some highly accomplished film producers who are willing to guide us to the finish line and beyond. But we need your help. We are seeking contributions to pay for post-production (editing, sound, etc), which is expected to cost nearly $10,000. We already spent more than $6,000 out-of-pocket to shoot the film. Additionally, we deferred payment on $4,000 worth of equipment rental and production services. The only way this film can be completed is with your help.
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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 are also collaborating with the Film Commission of Onondaga County and Central New York, as well as 'Visit Syracuse'.
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