Live at Hollywood during the 1st Blackstairs Rural Film Festival 2014

Gathering under the trees at Hollywood, South Carlow, Ireland, during the 1st Rural Blackstairs Film festival. 9 Stones artist Cathy Fitzgerald holds a space for conversation about why transforming conifer plantations is such a rich and valuable means to relate and act more sustainably to our environments. Photo: Gwen Wilkinson.
Gathering under the trees at Hollywood, South Carlow, Ireland, during the 1st Rural Blackstairs Film festival. 9 Stones artist Cathy Fitzgerald holds a space for conversation about why transforming conifer plantations is such a rich and valuable means to relate and act more sustainably to our environments. Photo: Gwen Wilkinson.

brochure-cover-Rural-film-festival-2014-Blackstairs-449x10249 Stones Artist Cathy Fitzgerald is an artist currently completing her PhD on eco art practice at NCAD. She shared a developing audiovisual film book in a short walk around Hollywood – the smallest Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest in Ireland on Sat 8 November during the 1st Blackstairs Rural Film Festival.

Hollywood is tiny! It is a 2 acre, 35 year old conifer plantation being transformed into a permanent forest using a new-to-Ireland forestry approach. This artful eco project has many insights, and not only for forestry. Visitors learned how ‘the little wood that could’ has contributed to short films, national forest policy, forest science and an awareness about ecocide, whilst becoming an increasingly resilient home for all those who live within it.
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