A young Derry filmmaker is trying to raise £4,000 to tell the story of Halloween in the city.
Deborah ‘Dee’ Boyle is reaching out to people through Indiegogo.com in an attempt to raise the money to film her documentary film ‘Our Town of Halloween’.
Deborah has found funding for the project tough to come by but has been undeterred.
She is now hoping the people of Derry will help her raise the money she needs to tell the story of how Halloween celebrations in the city grew from the darkest days of The Troubles into one of the biggest events in Europe.
Deborah suffers from Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) Disease which makes it more difficult for her to do some of the filming by herself which will add further cost to the project.
Nobody is really sure how the massive Halloween celebrations in Derry started, with many different people and establishments taking the credit for starting the craze.
Deborah hopes to explore the myths by interviewing those who were around at the time and will try to establish how this long standing tradition got started.
She will also talk to Mark David Doherty who has attracted much attention for his elaborate costumes, including dressing up with friends as a group of Lego Superhero’s at Halloween 2013.
Deborah is no stranger to filmmaking having made several Derry based docs over the years including a well-received documentary on Foyle Pride’s 20th Anniversary, ‘Make us Proud’ which has gone on to be nominated for awards at film festivals.
Her pitch for ‘Our Town of Halloween’ received a positive response at the UK’s biggest documentary festival in Sheffield.
She spoke about the issues she faced in getting her project off the ground.
“This has been a dream project for a while, the first video piece I ever did as a media student was on Derry at Halloween and the idea to do a larger project has stayed with me since then.
“As I researched the idea I discovered that nobody really knew how the Halloween celebrations in Derry had started.
“The further I dug I realized that many different people felt they had a role in it starting. I was amazed that we have this huge Halloween Festival every year and none of us know who started it or why.
“It’s been a real struggle to get support for the project and I haven’t been able to secure any funding for it.
“After a great response to the project at the Film Festival in Sheffield I was greatly disheartened and have decided to go down the indiegogo route in one last attempt to get the film made.”
Deborah spoke about the significance of her film.
“I felt that the film would give us a really unique opportunity to look at something positive that happened in Derry during the Troubles.
“When people think back they only look at the bad times and people don’t realize that events like the Halloween festival were starting off.
“I think people would find it interesting to look at the non-troubles side of Derry in the 1980’s.”
Any donation will be gladly accepted but those willing to donate over £3 and upwards will receive a range of gifts ranging from a “thank you” message on Facebook to t-shirts, key rings and bottle openers depending on how much you donate.
For a top donation of £200 businesses can advertise in the end credits of the film.
Excess funds raised beyond her target will be donated to Foyle Search and Rescue.
Deborah is asking for old photographs of Halloween in Derry during the 1980’s and would like to talk to anyone who was around when the Halloween celebrations in the city were only beginning.
To find out more about the project you can visit facebook.com/ourtownhalloween and to donate to help with the funding of the proposed film visit indiegogo.com/projects/our-town-of-halloween.
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