101% Funded


Target: €10000


€10,120 Raised


82 Funders


By Yellow Village Pictures


What happens when sorrow obliterates our desire to live?
When even the most basic conversations seem next to impossible?

Our short film WATERWAY explores the ways in which nature can sometimes hold the simplest of answers to life’s problems. How exposure to her sights and sounds can bring joy into broken lives again.

Set on the canals and lakes of Co. Leitrim WATERWAY highlights the understated beauty of the landscape and shows how its gentle magic might allow peace to come dropping slow.

Written and directed by Carrie Crowley, WATERWAY films on location in Leitrim this November.

Our dream cast – Michael Power, Michael Harding, Marie Mullen and Aoife Duffin – have all come on-board. There is a God!

Our director of photography, Colm Hogan, who will make every droplet of water a character in its own right, has assembled a formidable team on camera.

We have a barge we could live on for the rest of our days and a dog – Sophie Lúnasa – we would wrap up and take home… if her owner would allow it!

With the support of Waterways Ireland, Riversdale Barge Holidays, Studio North West TV and the people of Leitrim, along with an investment of time and talent from our wonderful cast & crew, we already have a percentage of our budget in place. But to really make this short film stand proud in the outside world, to really showcase our land and waters to a wider public, we need and would love to have your assistance.

Between cast and crew we will have up to thirty people on site at any given time. That’s a lot of mouths to feed and nourish in winter months. A lot of warm beds to provide.

We need to ferry the non-locals to Leitrim in the first place and then home again at the end of the shoot, although many might rather stay on! And while based in the area there will be much transporting to factor in on a daily basis. We also need to insure cast, crew and location against unforeseen emergencies.

And while nature herself will provide some natural light we will need assistance - it is winter after all. Then there’s sound, hair, make-up, costumes, design and props to factor in before we wrap the shoot itself. Whereupon we face more expenditure in post-production.

If we didn’t think this film was worth making; if we didn’t want to present our dream to a wider world, we could just sit back and sip cocoa. But we desperately want to do it. And we want you to help us, if you can. It's not about the amount you give, it's about coming on this journey with us.
We'd love if you could.
Yours in film-making and the curative powers of nature,
Carrie Crowley, Catherine Keating and all at Yellow Village Pictures.



October 2015 Update

Dearest funders Here’s hoping life is treating you well? The ‘Waterway’ world was quiet for a while as we were occupied with other projects and trying to let our first baby rest easy after a busy year. Then Culture Night rolled around in September and we had a screening in The Dock in Carrick On Shannon. And what a fantastic evening it was! A bunch of artists and culture vultures in the same place for a terrific choral recital, exhibitions, workshops, a band and the lovely Orlagh Kelly from The Reading Room in Carrick interviewing myself and Cathy Carmen about the making of the film. Some of you were there, for which big thanks. Always nice to have the Waterway family around! And, lest you think that’s the only news we have for you, it’s not. We are now about to feature in the Shortscreen slot on RTE2. Our transmission date is Monday October 12th. It’s always late – and none of us getting any younger! - just check the papers for an exact time. Usually around midnight but if you and your teddy are already dead to the world then you can catch it on RTE Player after the event. And if you’re on Player you can also check out past screenings. Always worth a look! Until we next have news for you, Beir bua agus beannacht, Carrie, Catherine and all the Waterway team.

Dublin Première of Waterway

Funders and friends! A quick word in your lovely ears about our Dublin screening. On the original Fundit page we offered the ‘reward’ of a Dublin Première. In real terms that’s still what it is, but because it will be happening mid-morning in December it’s not exactly a red carpet and tiara event. More a ‘Come along and join us over coffee if you can’ kind of thing. So still a première but you can come in your duds. Always a winner in our book! And we’re offering it to every funder, not just the big payers. With all of your support we got it made, so you should all have the opportunity to see it. The date for your diaries is Saturday December 6th and it’s to be screened in the IFI in Temple Bar at 11.30. Because of the cinema size we need you to confirm your attendance as soon as possible. As it’s only 13 minutes long it will give you plenty of time afterwards to hit the shops and sort your Christmas presents…. Or sit with us discussing the joys and horrors of film-making. The RSVP address is yellowvillagepictures@gmail.com and we’d really be honored if you could make it along. Once we hear back from you we’ll know how we’re fixed numbers wise so please do get back to us as soon as possible. Otherwise all seats might be filled without you! By December the film will have played a range of festivals in different locations – Galway, Kerry, Offaly, Cork, Waterford and Liverpool - so the Dublin screening will be a fitting close to a busy and rewarding year. Tá súil againn go mbeidh sibh linn ar an lá! Please RSVP by Friday 15th November. Until then, stay well, keep in by the wall and love your neighbours like yourselves. Carrie, Catherine and all at Yellow Village Pictures

Typing error

Friends Mucho apologies I omitted a 'w' from our email address so here is the correct address if you would like to contact us: yellowvillagepictures@gmail.com Hope to see you somewhere on the festival or blueway journey x

Contact us

Should you like to contact us re. Blueway or anything else our email address is: yellovillagepictures@gmail.com Ciao x

Upcoming festival listings and Leitrim premiere

Dear funders As Autumn draws in we wanted to give you an update and possibly something to look forward to in the cooler days to come. As you know ‘Waterway’ had its first screening at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. It was such a treat for us to see it on the big screen and to get some really positive reaction from members of the audience. They say the first screening is the hardest because you might discover your baby is in fact a turkey! Luckily the reaction was largely positive and we have since been accepted at a variety of other festivals. Our next public showing will be October 8th as part of the Kerry Film Festival. Straight after that it heads to Offaly for the Offline festival – screening in The Chestnut in Birr on Friday 10th of October. It will then be in Cork as part of the Indie Cork festival beginning October 13th and towards the end of this year’s festival circuit it will screen at Waterford Film Festival on Sunday November 9th. Up the Déise! Meantime we need to show it to you, our beloved funders! So here’s the plan….. Your first opportunity to see it outside the festivals– in other words our first Funders’ Première – will be Saturday October 11th in Lough Allen Hotel and Spa, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. We will screening there as part of the launch of Waterways Ireland’s ‘Blueway’, a stretch of water in the Leitrim area that has been ear-marked for canoeing and tow-path walks. It is a really beautiful run of water and was the setting for our film so has a very special place in our hearts. The Blueway launch will be happening over the entire day on the 11th and the Waterway screening will take place at 6pm to bring an end to proceedings. We’d love to think some of you might be in the North West at the time and happy to join us there. You’d be more than welcome to bring your canoe or walking shoes and join in the rest of the day’s events too. If that’s not a runner then we still have a Dublin Première to organise – which will happen before the winter closes in – and as soon as we have a date and location for that we’ll be back on to you. So…. If you’d like to add your name to the list for Oct 11th in Drumshanbo please send us a YES and we’ll count you in. If you’d rather hold out for a Dublin screening that’s fine too. We’ll be only too delighted to welcome you whenever you get to join us. Until then.… stay well, keep in be the wall and know that you’re forever on our list of ‘reasons to be cheerful’. Yours in low-budget film-making and love-of-nature, Carrie, Catherine and all the team at Yellow Village Pictures. Here's a link for more information on the 'Blueway' launch: http://carrick.iwai.ie/wp/waterways-ireland-shannon-blueway/ And if you are a canoeist here's the link to register and walkers can register before 11.30am at Acres Lake on the day: http://www.canoe.ie/en-us/information/bluewaykayaktrailsday2014.aspx

Update on 'Waterway'

Dear friends Apologies for the long lapse of communication with you all over the last months; We have been on a campaign to edit and finish our film and it has been a case of jumping from one thing to another for many months and we fear we have ignored you, our fundit angels, those who helped us so much. So deepest apologies again. Anyway some news; We finally finished post-production and began the process of submitting 'Waterway' to festivals. It is with the greatest joy and pride that we can inform you that we have been accepted to screen at the Galway Film Fleadh - 8th - 13th July. The Fleadh is an amazing festival and we are beyond pleased to be part of it. We will endeavour to keep you posted from here on so again friends’ thank you so much for all your help. Every penny has gone to further this project and we are forever in your debt. The stone skimming will happen eventually… promise! And we look forward to the possibility of meeting some of you in Galway during the Fleadh. With love and gratitude, Carrie, Catherine and all the team at Yellow Village Pictures

Waterway in post-production

Friends, it was a remarkable week of shooting in Leitrim. We had ‘Perfect Storm’ conditions…the weather was perfect, the people of Leitrim were perfect, the cast and crew were perfect and it all culminated on a stretch of water from Battlebridge to Acres Lake in Leitrim. To say we were blessed is not putting too fine a point on it. Indeed the four days of the shoot went so well that we may just make movies for the rest of our lives…..well that may be pushing it a bit! Anyway, we have made it over the finishing line. The film is ‘in the can’ and moved into post-production and we are 101% funded, because of you. You’re donations have helped us to feed, quench the thirst and offer shelter to our fantastic cast and crew , hire much needed equipment to aid both sound and vision and finance the costumes, set design, transport and even allow us to get dog treats for Sophie and hire a diver or two….yes a diver, but that’s another story! What more can we say to you but a heartfelt thank you. Thank you on behalf of all the people who got some work from the film, from catering to carriers, from dog wranglers to focus pullers and all in between. We sincerely thank all of you and we shall endeavour to keep you up to date through the next months of post-production. Much Love Carrie, Catherine and all at YVP

Waterway flows on….

A beautiful Autumn day in Drumshanbo…. Our crew have been blown away by the simple beauty of the place. Thank you all for your support thus far and it's fantastic to be able to say we're NEARLY there. We will be eternally grateful to you for your help. Much love, Catherine and Carrie.

'Waterway' flows...

Friends, we’re delighted to have you all on-board our Waterway journey. The good news is that we're now 46% funded and that the shoot begins this day fortnight. The bad news….?? Besides the rain bucketing down in Leitrim today….we don’t have any! Fingers crossed the Weather Gods smile on us for the shoot. Thank you again for your generosity and support.

Huge thanks to those of you who have already come on board.

We're getting there. Slowly but surely. So lovely to see familiar names pop up in the funders' file. And really amazing to have had such generous anonymous donations too. We are hoping to track you down and thank you in person further down the line! The good news is that we now have a female stone skimmer too who's happy to wear a tutu for the job. And she's purdy! Does that not make you want to throw in your tuppence worth? CC, CK and all at Y.V.P.

funders (82)

There are 70 public funders of this project

There are 12 anonymous funders of this project