News from America, where Cork film-maker Ian Ruby’s debut independent Irish feature Dead Dogs has been selected for the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas.

The film, which was made via independent mean, and practically no-budget, was shot over 13 days in 2013 and had its world premiere at a sold out screening during the 2014 IndieCork Film Festival.

Dead Dogs is a stark, heartfelt portrait of struggling families, mental illness and isolation. It follows a man attempting to reconnect with his estranged family, who live in fear of his violent outbursts. Meanwhile his neighbour longs to get away from his miserable home life and from the clutches of a brutal gangster.


Don wants to reconnect with his estranged family. His partner, Lisa wants to live a life free of his violent rages. Their neighbour, Ritchie wants to get away from his miserable home life and from the clutches of brutal, gangster, Tony.

A predominately local affair, the cast is made up of Karol Mann O’Connor, Irene Kelleher, Shane Doonan, Lochlainn McKenna, and Martina Carroll, with Rob O’ Halloran as director of photography and music from North Side Drive and The Mandalagon Project. O’ Halloran and director Ruby acted as producers on the film.

The Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase attempts to bring the best indie films to a two day event in Fort Worth Texas. The year’s event takes place from July 17-19, 2015 at the Marriott Courtyard West hotel.

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