Imelda O'Reilly — Filmmaker|Writer|Poet

Imelda O’Reilly is an independent filmmaker her award winning short films have been broadcast on RTE and screened at over seventy film festivals internationally around the world. Festivals include Rhode Island International Film Festival, Cinequest, DOC NYC, International Film Festival de Creteil, WorldFest Houston, Cyprus International Film Festival and the Richard Harris International Film Festival. As a commissioned writer on Song For New York with Mabou Mines her work was developed through the Sundance Theater Lab and New York Theater Workshop. Her plays were produced at the CSV in Manhattan by Deadalus Theater Company titled Fazinate and Emilita and the Fairy Glen. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco where her film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads was a Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Her recent work a narrative feature screenplay based on the award winning short film Eggs and Soldiers is a triptych of three generations of Irish fathers and sons titled We’re the Kids in America. The screenplay was an official selection for L’Atèlier Cinéfondation that is part of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2018. Her feature screenplay Beneath the Boy’s Cry was a finalist for the Sundance Lab and won “Best Of” the festival at the Broadcast Education Association in 2017. She has a collection of poems entitled I Wake in Half Dream published by Lapwing Press. Her fiction appears in an anthology of Irish fiction titled Shenanigans published by Scepter in the UK. Her film Tumbling Towards Home had its New York debut at DOC NYC and has won numerous awards. Imelda is currently in the postproduction stage on a new short narrative film titled Suspicious Minds. She taught for NYU’s Graduate Film Program in Singapore for three years. She is currently an Associate Professor in film at JMU. She has an M.F.A in film from Columbia University.