Amazing times with the Bogside artists

Soup Stone Productions, based in Omagh, have just returned from Washington where they've been filming the Bogside artists for a documentary as part of their 'Window on the West' project.

"We were invited over to cover the Bogside Artists painting a peace mural and it was an amazing experience," said Cyril Kelly, producer. "We were getting up most mornings not knowing what the day was going to throw at us."

The 'Window on the West' project, backed by EU grant aid, focuses primarily on Fermanagh and Tyrone but also covered the painting of the last peace mural painted in the Bogside last year. That was featured in a programme shown recently on RTE2.

"When the artists told us they had been invited over by the Smithsonian Institute to paint a mural in the middle of Washington, it was too good an opportunity to miss," said Kelly

Cyril went over with cameraman Brendan O'Donnell and John Kelly and the trio filmed a programme over the course of two weeks.

"The Smithsonian had built a terraced house in the middle of the National Mall in the city and on one side were the Bogside artists, on the other were mural painters from East Belfast. We were able to do interviews with all the artists and I think we've filmed a really interesting programme. I can't wait to start editing this one."

"The Interreg funding we received has allowed us the freedom to cover stories like this. We're hoping now that the project will be picked up by one of the local broadcasters in the same way as the first programme was. If not we'll enter the finished film in the film festival circuit, here and in America. What's good about this story is that it truly has an international angle, so fingers crossed!"