Film Base Recieves Cash Boost

Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King, three black men from rural Louisiana, were held in solitary confinement in the biggest prison in the United States., an 18,000-acre former slave plantation known as Angola. King was released in 2001 after almost 30 years of solitary confinement. Woodfox and Wallace, convicted in the highly contested stabbing death of white prison guard Brent Miller, remain in Angola where they have spent more than 36 years in solitary confinement. Made aware of their plight, Congressman John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, visited Wallace and Woodfox in prissdaon in March 2008. This documentary tells the ongoing story of the case of these three extraordinary men.

Filmbase is set to receive a €65,000 cash boost from the Arts Council, and is one of 27 arts organisations to benefit from an extra €845,000 government funding for 2008. Originally due to receive €299, 860 for the year the organisation will now receive a payout of €364,860 in total. The extra cash is thanks to additional Arts Council funding announced by Minster for Arts, Sports and Tourism Mr. Seamus Brennan in December 2007.


Other organisations to receive a financial boost include Kilkenny Arts Festival (€25,000), Druid Theatre Company (€20,000), Galway Arts Festival (€25,000), Project Arts Centre (€25,000), Fingal County Council (€25,000) and Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (€10,000).  These funding decisions mark the final offers of financial support from the Arts Council to arts organisations for 2008 under its main funding programmes.