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    Date: Saturday 12th July 2008
    Venue: Radisson Hotel Galway
    Time: 2pm
    Fee: €50

    The Galway Film Fleadh/Galway Film Centre in association with FAS Screen Training Ireland are proud to present the 2008 Directors’ Masterclass with this year’s Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, ALEX GIBNEY.

    The multi-talented and prolific Gibney, who graduated from Yale with a Japanese literature major before attending UCLA’s Graduate School of Film and Television, made his initial impact in TV documentaries where he either wrote, produced, directed or did a combination of all three.

    Gibney’s scathing look at corporate greed gone wild, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005), scored a political bulls-eye during a year filled with more than its usual government tumult. He has since followed up “Enron” with the Oscar-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side” which looks at the Bush administration’s interrogation policies in the post-9/11 world. If American history is ever going to be discussed with the necessary clarity and ethical rigor, then “Taxi to the Dark Side” will be essential.

    Gibney is also President of Jigsaw Productions, a production company which produces independent films, music documentaries, and TV mini-series. This year he won the Yale Film Studies’ Program Award for his contributions to film culture.

    Admission to the masterclass is by application only. This masterclass would be suitable for participants who are pursuing a directing career for film and television. Places are limited and participants will be notified if they have been allocated a place.

    Please apply online at For further enquiries contact Paul McKay at Galway Film Centre – Ph: 091 770748. Fax: 091 770746. e-mail: Or contact Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland – Ph: 01 4830840, email:
    Deadline for applications: 7th July 2008.

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