More than a barbershop

Logline: How a passion for music turned a local old-school barbershop into an icon of the Irish music scene.

Abner Brown seems to be just one old-style barbershop which is embedded into the Southern Dublin neighborhood of Rathmines amongst pubs and local shops; but in there, his owner decided to mix his way of living with another of his passions in life, music. That is something that you can quickly spot, as the place has an exceptional decoration on its walls between scissors, lotions and cut-throat razors.

The idea of featuring concerts in a barbershop would be crazy, but in here it becomes real, open to everyone, friendly and with no alteration in the local community’s balance of coexistence, but even improving it with the inimitable and spontaneous atmosphere that is generated only for a few hours in this improvised venue.

This has become one of the main and most interesting venues in Ireland, and it is the place where every band in town wants to perform. Since the first time the Canadian singer-song writer Blair Packham played here, hundreds of acts have already performed, such as Gavin Glass, Ash, 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” is a short documentary which captures what is happening in this small corner of Dublin, tells how this mad idea started and developed, and explains how this place has become an icon in the Irish Music scene.

  • Xandru Fernandez Ramirez
    Director
  • Fernando Otero Perandones
    Director
  • Xandru Fernandez Ramirez
    Writer
  • Fernando Otero Perandones
    Writer
  • Xandru Fernandez Ramirez
    Producer
  • Fernando Otero Perandones
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Abner Browns Barbershop
    Abner Browns Barbershop, Dublin
    Ireland
    March 5, 2016
    Worldwide Private Premiere
  • 7th Underground Cinema Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    September 10, 2016
    Irish premiere
    Official selection
  • Fingal Film Festival Fingal Dublin Ireland
    Dublin
    Ireland
    October 2, 2016
    Official selection
  • Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival 2016
    Dublin
    Ireland
    October 7, 2016
    Official selection
  • Sunnyside Short Films Festival 2016
    New York
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Best Short Documentary
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival 2017
    Chicago
    United States
    March 3, 2017
    Jury Prize
  • Jecheon International Music & Film Festival
    Jecheon
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    August 11, 2017
    Asian Premiere
    Official selection
  • Jukebox International Film Festival
    Carson City, Nevada
    United States
    August 16, 2017
    Best Short Documentary & Best Picture
  • Kansas City Irish Fest
    Kansas City, Missouri
    United States
    September 1, 2017
    Official selection
  • Nederland International Film Festival
    Nederland, Colorado
    United States
    September 16, 2017
    Official selection
  • Short Film Festival Ireland
    Wexford
    Ireland
    September 21, 2017
    Official selection
  • Disappear Here Film Festival
    Donegal
    Ireland
    September 22, 2017
    Official selection
  • FIRST FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL
    Kansas City, Missouri
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    Official selection
  • SONIC SCENE - Music Film Festival
    Trani
    Italy
    December 16, 2017
    Italian premiere
    Official selection
  • Euregion Film Festival 2018
    Heerlen
    Netherlands
    March 22, 2018
    Dutch premiere
    Out of competition
  • Festival de Cine Reino de León 2018
    León
    Spain
    May 28, 2018
    Spanish Premiere
    Out of competition
  • Music in Cinema Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    June 30, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Theater of La Bañeza
    La Bañeza
    Spain
    August 1, 2018
    Screening
  • Festival de Cortometrajes Luna de Cortos 2018
    Veguellina de Órbigo
    Spain
    August 4, 2018
    Out of competition
  • 25th OpenEyes FIlmfest 2018
    Marburg
    Germany
    July 19, 2018
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • DORF Festival 2018
    Vinkovci
    Croatia
    August 25, 2018
    Croatian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Ponferrada 2018
    Ponferrada
    Spain
    October 8, 2018
    Out of competition
  • Cineteca Matadero Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    October 8, 2018
    Screening
  • La Cueva del Jazz
    Zamora
    Spain
    November 8, 2018
    Screening
  • Festival de música no Cinema MUVI
    Almada
    Portugal
    February 28, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
    Audience Award
  • Festival de cortometraje musical Amua Inedit
    Hondarribia
    Spain
    December 4, 2021
    Third prize
Director Biography - Xandru Fernandez Ramirez, Fernando Otero Perandones

Fernando Otero, is the co-founder of “1844 Times Projects”.
Fernando started working on the local newspaper as a photographer after finishing his studies as Audio Visual Technician. He then worked in a production role for Spanish nationwide television channel “Cuatro”.
After, he worked for “Geográfica Films”, where he was running the show “Silvestria” from end-to-end, broadcasted on “Canal 7” from “Television de Castilla y León”.
Fernando created and currently manages the website “www.CarnavaldeLaBaneza.com” about the carnival festivities in his Spanish hometown of La Bañeza.
In 2015 he created his own audiovisual communication company “Visualizo” working on all kind of audiovisual projects.
During his career he worked on short documentary “No nos cuentes películas, házlas”. He directed and produced short documentary “Bajar la música” in 2005 featuring at the International Film Festival of Gijon, Spain.

Xandru Fernandez is the co-founder, together with Fernando Otero, of “1844 Times Projects”.
Up to “More than a Barbershop” short documentary he has no experience in the industry. He has been working for the last 11 years in Dublin in various multinational companies, mainly as an Operations Analyst.
His wide experience in Project Management (PMI) and Lean Six Sigma methodology has significantly helped him to co-create his first work.

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