A B O U T

Anú Pictures is an independent film production company established by New York and Ireland based filmmaker Dónal Ó Céilleachair to synthesize over 25 years of experience across the independent film landscape.

Projects by Anú Pictures represent a fusion of long-established cinema methodologies with the latest in digital technologies, embracing new narrative possibilities and ever-evolving strategies for distribution.

Dónal Ó Céilleachair is an Irish Filmmaker who lives between New York & Ireland. He is a graduate of DIT & Trinity College, Dublin and has studied film and the arts at NYU, School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union and Film/Video Arts in NY.

Dónal’s wide-ranging international experience – from across the independent film landscape – includes over 50 fiction, documentary and experimental films in a diversity of roles over the past 25 years.

*Surname pronounced ‘O-Kay-Lee-Ker’        Photo Courtesy of Con Kelleher

FILMMAKING
Director The Red Book; Jung's Myth for our Times2020(In Development)
Director Le Chéile (Together)2019(In Development)
Director Adventures of a Waterboy 2018 View
Director Camino na Sáile (Camino by Sea)2014 - 2017 View
Director Invoking Ireland (Ailiu Iath n-hErend)2016 View
Director From the Land of Múscraí 2016 View
Creative
Consulting
Pushtar2015 View
Director Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í
(From Coolea to Iona)
2014 View
Director Tadhg McSweeney, Painter (A Film Portrait)2014 View
Director Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision)2013 View
Director Dreamtime, Revisited2012 View
Producer &
Co-Director
Scéalta Mhuscraí (Muskerry Stories) 2011 View
Editor A Burning Question2010 View
Editor Eco-Eye Series for RTÉ2009 - 2016 View
Director 3-TRIÚR - Ag Cuardach Crot Ceoil
(In Search of Musical Form)
2009 - 2011 View
Editor Who Do You Think You Are? RTÉ Series2009 View
Editor BBC Newsnight Spot2009 View
Artist-in-Residence Peidhleacáin Solais (Butterfly Light)2008 View
Co-Director
& Producer
i, of k (Imitation of Kiss)2001/2007 View
DirectorPrelude / Préludio2008
Editor &
Associate Producer
The Matador2007 View
Creative
Consulting
American Furry2007 View
Creative
Consulting
The Unicorn2007
Editor Tootie’s Last Suit2006 View
Director Un Peu Moins (A Little Less)2006 View
Editor Member of the Group
(A New Orleans Cinderella Story
2006 View
Editor,
Associate Producer
& Sound Designer
Journey Into Buddhism Trilogy2003 -2005 View
Editor Moving Parts 2005 View
Director With Wind & White Clouds 2005 View
Editor Three Soldiers 2005 View
Creative
Consulting
Richard Foreman :
The Ontological Cowboy
2005 View
Editor Gobi Women Song 2005 View
Director Vernissage2004 View
Editor Prajna Paramita 2004
Creative
Consulting
Invisible2004 View
Editor He Raised as a Flag his Head Against the Wind2004
Director Empire 2 2003 View
Director IZTAPALAPA -
Jesus of Mexico City
2003
Director CUZCO 1999 1999-2003 View
Co-Editor Marathon2002 View
Assistant Editor Twin Towers; A History2002
Co-Director & Producer WAR OF THE WORLDS2001 View
Editor POV - Behind the Lens Spots2001
Contributing Director NIGHT ON EARTH2000
Associate Editor The Simian Line 1999 View
Edit Room Assistant Music of the Heart 1999 View
Edit Room Assistant Gunshy1999 View
Assistant Editor Fireflies1998
Editor & A.D Come To 1997
Assistant Editor Under the Bridge 1996 View
Director Remnants of Forgotten Memories1995
Assistant Director LOST1994
Director The Empty Space 1993
Director Fornication Under Consent of the King1991
AWARDS + EDUCATION
19th European Film
Festival of India
Aisling Gheal Selection 2014
Cork Film Festival Cork Shorts Award 2014
Irish Arts CouncilArtist Bursary2013
Access CinemaMichael Dwyer Award2013
NCAD/GaelChultur,Dublin Diploma in Teaching Art through the Irish Language2011 – 2012
Film Video Arts (FVA) Avid Media Composer Training Workshop1997
University of Havana, Cuba Certificate in Intermediate Level Spanish1997
New York University (NYU) Intensive Film Workshop1996
Film Video Arts (FVA), NY Sync-Sound Film making & Film Editing Workshop1994
School of Visual Arts (SVA), NY16mm Film Production, Painting, Still Life, Life Drawing & Illustration1992 – 1993
Cooper Union, NYPainting, Figure Drawing & Abstract Drawing1990 – 1992
DIT & Trinity College, Dublin MA / BSc 1994 / 1990
TEACHING + CINEMA WORKSHOPS
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Cork
Artists Moving-Image Workshop
‘From the Land of Múscraí' Project
2015
Cork Film CentreMentorship Programme Co-ordinator 2012 - 2014
Sculpture Factory, CorkArtists Moving-Image Workshop2011
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Cork
Cinema Workshop for Adults
'Muskerry Stories' Project
2012
Cork Film CentreMentor-in-Residence 2010
IFI, DublinSeachtain na Gaeilge
Irish Language Cinema Workshop for Kids
2009
Kerry Film FestivalDocumentary Masterclass2009
Ionad Cúltúrtha / Cultural Centre
Cork
Cinema Workshops in Local Schools
'Súil Lán' Project
2008
New York Film AcademyEditing & Final Cut Pro Instructor2002
MoMA / PS1
Contemporary Art Centre, New York
Cinema Workshops with Kids2000
EXPANDED CINEMA

Dónal was one of the founding members of the Expanded Cinema collective; kinoSonik (1999-2004). For five years kinoSonik presented numerous live improvisationary expanded cinema public performances in New York including:

  • Parallel Worlds Cultural Platform at the opening ceremonies for Lille, Cultural Capital of Europe 2004, France
  • CATHEDRAL – Opening performance of the historical 48 hour web-cast orchestrated by William Duckworth
  • Outer Space an outdoors presentation on the Williamsburg Waterfront Organologic, 2000
  • P.S.1’s Greater New York Reception at Galapagos,1999
  • Closing Reception Outer Limits Video & Film Festival, 1999

kinoSonik’s ‘composed’ expanded cinema projects include:

  • The Nutty Projector – premiered at Ocularis, 2002 (90 mins) /
  • Luminous Space – premiered at Anthology Film Archives, 2003 (43 mins)
  • Document (of the Moment of It’s Own Making) – premiered at Ocularis, 2004 (7 mins)
  • i, of k – the expanded cinema version – completed in 2009 (52 mins)