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Open Mic Dublin - The Movie

This documentary is the result of a two-year comprehensive examination of the open mic scene in Dublin, Ireland. The stories are great, the talent is astounding and the origins from 25 years ago is a surprise and delight. The whole film is awash with revealing interviews and superb music and poetry, captured live and in the raw. This is the first project of its kind attempted for this scene, and due to the scale of the task, it's not likely to be repeated any time soon.
We interviewed both the artists and the host’s and they tell us how they got involved, what is so good about open mics and the extraordinary things they have seen.
We also tracked down the man who starting the whole scene, a musician who formatted the ultimate song-writers night and who nurtured the talent of a number of younger artists who went on to do great things in music. He explains how it all began and the people he met on the way.

  • Alan Morton
  • Alan Morton
  • Alan Morton & Conor Clancy
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    1 hour 11 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    9,500 EUR
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  • Irish Film Festival
    Sea Bright, New Jersey
    United States
    February 8, 2019
    North American Premier
  • 2019 Great Lakes International Film Festival
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    United States
    September 19, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Alan Morton

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As a musician I fell into video making by accident after taking up running an open mic night. The talent coming to our night was exceptional and needed documenting. After a couple of years capturing live performances I decided to expand this to interviewing both the hosts and performers of Dublin's top open mic nights. The result has been Open Mic Dublin - The Movie, a feature length documentary presenting insightful testimonies, stunning live performances and a few jaw-dropping surprises

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This film is the result of 2 years in dept investigation of the open mic scene, the talent and the origins of the scene. We have captured for posterity a time when the scene was very vibrant and the talent occupying that scene was well above average in songwriting ability and performance. We interviewed the best and brightest and they have distinguished themselves in their representation of their ilk. Their talent, experience and knowledge well exceeds the boundaries of the scene we asked them about. They have also honoured themselves as ambassadors for both Dublin and Ireland. I cannot fully express my respect for these individuals and my appreciation for their gifting their time and wisdom, which made this film possible.