108% Funded


Target: €10000


€10,820 Raised


176 Funders

The Wake - dance film

By The Wake Film


The Wake is a beautiful dance film directed by Oonagh Kearney, looking into female experiences within the house. The film seeks funding to bring it to completion.

The Wake reunites the talent of the RTE Dance on The Box short film 'Her Mother's Daughters' - Cindy Cummings, Jessica and Megan Kennedy, Emma O'Kane and Deirdre Murphy, with one of Ireland’s leading actors Olwen Fouéré.

What horrors and joys lie hidden within ‘the everyday dynamics’ of the house? Based on the various stages of a woman's life, 'The Wake' uses choreography to re-imagine and communicate personal experiences and relationships.

The film received funding from the Irish Arts Council for production in September 2013. We are now looking to finish this beautiful, ambitious film and share it with cinema and festival audiences in 2014. We have some fantastic awards for those who support us, including:
Music, originally composed for the film
Screenings, in a city of your choice (Cork, Dublin or London)
Mementos, such as badges and limited edition posters
Prints, limited edition photographic stills
Dance lesson, with a member of our cast
All gorgeous gifts for the Christmas and New Year!

With an original score being written by RTÉ Lyric FM composer-in-residence Linda Buckley, cinematography by award-winning Matthias Pilz, and choreography led by Oonagh Kearney and Cindy Cummings in collaboration with the cast, our talented cast and crew worked incredibly hard on a small budget to create a striking and powerful film. With your support, we can get over the finishing line. Your contributions will pay for our post-production requirements including: editing, colour grading, sound and music. They will also cover the costs of delivering the film to festivals internationally.

Why not join our production team?


Oonagh Kearney’s film career began with casting Ken Loach’s ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ in 2005. After graduating from the National Film and Television School in London, Oonagh cast five more feature films before embarking on a career as a director. Her films often explore characters at emotional and ethical crossroads. She is interested in family, the tensions between our private and public selves and the role of play and imagination in our lives. Since 2009, she has written and directed several award-winning shorts. www.oonaghkearney.com

Matthias Pilz, our director of photography, has worked on several international films, including Tarantino's film 'Inglorious Basterds'. His work has been nominated for numerous European film awards. Most recently he shot the 2013 Best UK Music Video in Animation. www.matthiaspilz.com

Born in Sarajevo, producer Zlata Filipovic has been working in Ireland in the fields of film and TV production for the last seven years. Her recent dance film 'Motion Sickness' won the Audience Award at Corona Cork Film Festival in 2012. Her other projects have won an IFTA, a Radharc award, and have screened at over 70 different festivals worldwide.

To find out more about the work of our talent, please visit:
Olwen Fouéré
Cindy Cummings and Deirdre Murphy
Jessica and Megan Kennedy
Emma O'Kane
Composer Linda Buckley

For the names of the rest of our wonderful crew, please visit our Facebook and website



The Wake: work-in-progress screening in Cork on 25 July

Dear friends and supporters of The Wake, I hope you are very well and enjoying the summer! We just wanted to send you a little update as our director Oonagh is currently engaged in artist-in-residence programme in Firkin Crane in Cork as park of their BLANK CANVAS programme. Whilst she is working on other ideas and developing her work, the end of Oonagh's residency will be marked by a work-in-progress screening of The Wake as it stands now. This is not the final film nor the final screening which of course you will be invited to - but a work-in-progress one without final music, soundmix, grade and remaining post production processes. We just thought we would let you know if you are interested to pop in on 25 July at 8pm in Firkin Crane and hear Oonagh speak about the process of creation of The Wake - but we look forward to welcoming you all to our special funders screening in the near future once we complete all the processes. Watch this space of course - and for all those who have not let us know their screening city of choice, please do write to zlatafilipovic@gmail.com and let us know! With all best wishes and thanks for your continued support - Love, Oonagh and Zlata

The Wake - Summer 2014 Update

Dear Supporter of The Wake, Hope you are enjoying the budding summer and all is very well. We just wanted to send you a little progress update on the post-production of The Wake so you know where we are at! We have almost picture locked with our lovely and dedicated editor Carmela Iandoli who has worked closely with Oonagh to give our fantastic footage shape. Our composer Linda Buckley has been working on numerous drafts of music to complement the footage. We are now in discussion with a sound designer who will be entering the process in the coming days. Given everyone's work commitments, we hope to have music and picture locked by the end of the summer before we sound mix and grade the film in September. Then we look forward to sharing it with you in Cork, Dublin and London! In addition to your invited screening once the film is complete, there will be a preview screening of a work-in-progress in Cork in late July. This is courtesy of our friends at The Firkin Crane who will be hosting Oonagh as artist in residence. This screening has been set for Friday 25th July at 8pm and all our funders will be invited. We will keep in touch over the summer - thanks again for your continued support and good vibes - look forward to seeing you in September! One final note - for those who haven't come back to us with your city of choice for the screenings (Dublin, Cork, London) - please email zlatafilipovic@gmail.com so we can keep track of numbers and invitations. With love, Oonagh and Zlata

Editing of 'The Wake' and planning our screenings in three cities

Dear friend and supporter of 'The Wake', Thank you again for getting across the FundIt crowd funding campaign line and we just wanted to send you a quick update on the film. Oonagh and our lovely editor Carmela Iandoli have been working hard over the last 4 weeks and have reached a strong rough cut of the film that is currently being used for original score writing by the talented Linda Buckley. We hope to work with an Icelandic sound designer based in London later on in March and have some fantastic festival deadlines we will be applying to over the coming weeks. We are also starting to plan our screenings in Cork, Dublin and London and would love to hear back from you on your city of preference for the screening - for those whose awards qualify for the screening tickets for yourself or you and your friends. If you could get back to Zlata at zlatafilipovic@gmail.com with your city of preference, that will be a great starting point for starting to build a picture of our screenings. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon! With warmest wishes, Oonagh and Zlata


Wherever you are (even its a foot tapping below a desk) we hope you are dancing with us... : ) Thank YOU for getting onboard The Wake! Love Oonagh, Zlata and Team xx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M

Let the edit commence!

Dear Funder, As we write, we’re in our final 7 hours. Woohoo! We have been thrilled, encouraged, even overwhelmed by your support - thank you! We have surpassed our target. This means we can finish the film and afford a DCP! Thank you for keeping the campaign alive in our final week, its made a big difference. Today at 5pm today, the campaign finishes. This week, we are transcoding the footage into “avid” (the editing software we are using) and syncing the rushes. Next week Oonagh and editor Carmela will begin to review the material. Throughout February we will be editing and working with composer Linda Buckley. In March we will be working with a sound designer, a sound mixer, a colour grader and compositor. By early April, we will have a finished film and look forward to bringing it to a screen in London, Dublin and Cork. We will be in touch about your rewards as soon as we have all your details (this takes a couple of weeks to process). Til then, here’s to you - happy new year and many many thanks! Love Oonagh, Zlata and all The Wake Team x

We are at target!

Dear Funder, Thank for your amazing support for 'The Wake'! Thanks to your incredible support over the past seven weeks, we are thrilled to announce that we have reached our target. We are blown away by your generosity - hearing from people who have been part of so many chapters in our lives - thank you. Rather than rest on our laurels, we want to celebrate and make the most of our final week on fundit.ie! But if we've reached our target - why keep the momentum going? Haven’t we got €10,000? After we pay the percentage fee to fundit.ie and cover the costs of all our rewards, thanks to your support, we have enough to finish the film. This is amazing! However, with so much incredible good will behind us, our ambition is to send 'The Wake' further afield. To do this, we need a promotional package. Thus, any further funds over €10,000 will go towards festival submission fees, promotional tools (posters, postcards) and making a DCP. What is a DCP? A DCP is a digital cinema package. The most cost-effective way of producing a film for distribution, it is now the industry standard instead of the older ‘film print’/digibeta. Once a DCP is made, it is free to reproduce - but it is expensive to make (hundreds of pounds, depending on the length of the film). A DCP was not affordable in our original post-production plan - but if we raise more - this is the first thing we will purchase. So whats the idea? We want to keep the campaign alive until January 15th. To celebrate your support, and to encourage others to join you, we are giving all our funders the chance to win one of several limited edition prints. This weekend we will release a new set of beautiful prints (photographed by Johnny Savage) from our development phase on Oonagh’s website: www.oonaghkearney.com For every €100 over €10,000 raised, we will give away one limited edition print. Once the campaign finishes on the 15th, we will put the names of ALL our funders in a hat and draw out the winners. Thus if we make an extra €800, we will have extra eight prints to offer!* Many thanks again. All your support from funding to retweeting has been massively appreciated. One more week! Love Oonagh, Zlata and The Wake Team x * NB If you already funded at a Rewards Level that includes a limited edition print - don't worry. If your name is drawn out, it simply means you will get a second print! And we twelve beautiful new images to choose from...

funders (176)

There are 170 public funders of this project

There are 6 anonymous funders of this project