Feats of Modest Valour

Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell | 26 min | Ireland | 2016

Tom, Milena and Brian live clockwork existences, dictated by a strict regime of medication and the challenging physical reality of living with Parkinson’s disease. Meanwhile, Éilís and her team of scientists are developing a new medical device, which could potentially cure the devastating disease. Woven together with observation and animation, this short documentary invites you to witness the story of groundbreaking medical science and offers a contemplation of life and mortality.

Some Notes On Your Health
3:00 PM | Sunday, October 15, 2017
The New School, Kellen Auditorium
66 5th Ave, Room N101, New York, 10003

Directors | Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell
Producers | Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell
Screenwriters | Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell
Editor | Whitney Eddison
Director of Photography | Aidan Maguire
Sound Recordist, Editor, Mixer | Simon Murphy
Animation | Small Fry Animations
Composer | Anna Mullarkey

Following her studies in philosophy and psychology, and after working as a psychologist for a short time, Mia Mullarkey completed a masters in film production and theory in 2009. In 2011 Mia set up Ishka Films and her work has since screened at film festivals worldwide, collecting a number of awards including best short documentary at Aesthetica Film Festival, UK Film Festival, and Galway Film Fleadh. She has received film grants from the Irish Film Board, Filmbase, the Galway Film Centre, Science Foundation Ireland and the National Lottery Fund, Ireland.

Alice McDowell is a documentary filmmaker working both locally and internationally in the areas of human rights and democracy. Her films have explored a range of themes, including LGBTI rights, female genital mutilation (FGM), feminism and Islam and money in politics. In recent years, she has collaborated with the Ishka Films, the Galway Film Centre and Galway UNESCO City of Film, and her work has been commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Irish Film Board, the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and Science Foundation Ireland.