Documentary of famous Dublin barbershop in International Film Festivals
Abner Brown Barbershop has become one of the main and most interesting music venues in Ireland. The documentary “More than a Barbershop” tells the story of this famous Dublin barbershop, where renowned international bands and musicians have performed. This documentary will be shown at a few international film festivals in Ireland and the USA in the next coming weeks.
The documentary has been selected to take part in the following International Film Festivals:
• 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival – Dun Laoghaire – 09th September – http://www.ucff.ie/
• Fingal Film Festival – Swords, Dublin – 02nd October – http://www.fingalfilmfest.com/
• Sunnyside Short Film Festival -Queens, New York – 8th October – http://www.sunnysideshorts.com
“1844 Times Projects” has created a documentary which captures what is happening in this small corner of Dublin. Hundreds of acts have already performed at Abner Brown, such as Ash, Gavin Glass, Duke Special, David Geraghty (of Bell X1 fame), Molly Sterling, Mundy, The Hot Sprockets and many more. Even Michael Stipe, REM singer, was a visitor to this alternative spot last time he was in Dublin. “More than a Barbershop” tells how a passion for music turned a local old-school barbershop into an icon of the Irish music scene.
• Dave Judge (Barber / Owner of Abner Brown Barbershop): “It just exploded on the Irish music scene, I can’t believe what’s happening. I have gone from being a barber into… well, they keep telling me I am one of the main promoters around town now”.
• Aaron Bayham (Co-Chairman 2016 Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival): “An intimate look at a really unique place”.
• Sherry Gamlin (Festival Director of Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival – New York): “It is a wonderful documentary. Original. Humorous”.
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