Charlo Johnson’s award-winning short film Gone Viral¬†will play from today in selected IMC Cinemas across the country before each showing of the Mark Wahlberg-starring¬†Deepwater Horizon.
Gone Viral is an 8 minute short film about the lives of mental health nurses and internet Vine sensations known as the Fupin Eejits.¬†This national theatrical release for the film¬†represents an incredible achievement for Charlo Johnson’s Zimmerhands Films. It is the first time that an Irish short film has reached this platform and means it will screen in front of hundreds of Irish audiences over the coming weeks.
Speaking to Scannain about Gone Viral reaching mainstream cinemas Eddie Whelan of the Fupin Eejits said:
My mother has Clonmel cinema booked out for the whole day today and she’s paying for everyone… on my¬†credit card!
Senan Byrne was quick to point to the efforts of Charlo Johnson who realised that their story would work best in the form of a short documentary:
We had enough material to make a feature but went for a high impact short film, bringing in a Moldovan editor, Windmill Lane’s Post Production studio for sound and a composer as far away as Venezuala.
Gone Viral has been performing well on the festival circuit since it premiered at Galway Film Fleadh in July, having been¬†selected for prestigious film festivals across the Atlantic including DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival, Edmonton Film Festival, and Tacoma Film Festival.
Over the coming weeks it will be in competition at Dublin International Short Film Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Belfast Comedy Festival, and Richard Harris International Film Festival.