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The Piano Lesson @ ADIFF

Posted February 23, 2017

Ken’s latest documentary film ‘The Piano Lesson’ premiered at the ‘Audi Dublin Film Festival’ last week to a standing ovation. It charts the musical journey of numerous piano students through the commitment and pressure of the keyboard examinations. The film offers a unique window into the students’ lives. You will discover meaningful truth in their successes and setbacks; unearthing charming curiosities that will make you laugh and cry!

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MOM and ME **** Guardian Review

Posted September 7, 2015

‘To those who have lost their mothers, the experience of watching the film might prove unbearable – it’s that touching’ … Mom and Me

Read the full review here

MOM and ME Teaser Clip

Posted September 4, 2015

Here is a teaser clip from MOM and ME by Ken Wardrop which will have its World Premiere this weekend at Telluride Film Festival

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MOM AND ME WORLD PREMIERE AT TELLURIDE

Posted September 4, 2015

We are delighted to announce the world premiere of MOM and ME at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.

MOM and ME is Wardrop’s second feature documentary following his hugely successful Irish documentary His & Hers”. This time Wardrop has travelled to the USA to explore the complex relationships men have with their mothers. Shot across the state Oklahoma, voted America’s manliest State, the film offers a candid and moving portrait of tough guys and their even stronger Moms.

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Innocence of Memories selected for Venice

Posted August 30, 2015

The World Premiere of Grant Gee’s film with Orhan Pamuk INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES will screen at a special event in Venice Days.

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Mom and Me x Visit Films

Posted August 30, 2015

VISIT FILMS have acquired worldwide sales rights for Ken Wardrop’s MOM and ME.

Aoife McArdle x U2

Posted April 7, 2015

Aoife’s short film ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is a visual essay of U2′s song of the same name, was released yesterday, and it is brilliant.

The response to it has been massive, with some of the world’s biggest directors commenting on it. Spike Jonze said “I had never seen anything by Aoife before but was really taken with this film. She captured that feeling and size of life of being a teenager and of first love so well. She drifts between the reality of friends and first love into fantasy so effortlessly and romantically. It’s a perfect little gem of a romance movie.”

And Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of Birdman) also said “The piece is full of sound and fury. It contains all that a young artist’s work should: a lot of things to say and feel, said with fucking guts, vision and ambition. There is no fear in McArdle’s piece but plenty of humanity; shot and expressed with poetry without betraying the truth”

We love it.

THE VISIT hits SUNDANCE

Posted January 5, 2015

Behold we have the first trailer for The Visit.

Co-produced by Venom Film, with support from the Irish Film Board, The Visit is a creative documentary that poses the question, what would happen if we were to be visited by a being from another world. The film presents this hypothetical scenario to experts from around the world who have already dedicated their lives to preparing for such an event.

The Visit will screen in the World Documentary Competition category at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, before being released here next year.

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Catalyst Scheme Chooses Aoife McArdle

Posted October 21, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that the super talented Aoife McArdle has been selected for the IFB Catalyst Scheme. Her script Kissing Candice tells the story of a lonely, imaginative teenage girl growing up in a stifling community, who finds romance with an unhinged stranger.

Aoife is an award winning commercial and music video director signed to our sister company Antidote. She has also directed a number of short films. Her latest piece for Electric Ireland’s GAA Minor Championships is a powerful ode to the teenage lives of those passionately consumed in the world of the GAA. It is cinematic, visceral and a delight to watch.

We are very excited to spend the next year working with the Catalyst Scheme in bringing Kissing Candice to life.

 

 

 

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Kelly + Victor wins BAFTA

Posted February 19, 2014

…And the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut feature goes to KELLY + VICTOR, directed by Kieran Evans (pictured above).

Co-produced by Venom and Hot Property Films the film tells a bittersweet love story with palpable performances by Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Julian Morris.

We are absolutely thrilled for Kieran who seemed utterly surprised and delighted by the win on Sunday night. Furthermore we are overjoyed and proud to have been a part of such a fantastic project

A big shout out to the Irish crew who worked on the film: Director of Photography Piers McGrail, Editors Tony Kearns and Nathan Nugent, Vast Valley, Screen Scene and Ardmore Sound.

 

 

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BAFTA nomination for Kelly + Victor

Posted January 10, 2014

We’re delighted to have been part of  KELLY + VICTOR  – our first involvement with a BAFTA nominated project!

The film was produced by Janine Marmot of Hot Property Films and co-produced by Venom’s Andrew Freedman and his team. Director Kieran Evans is nominated in the “Outstanding Debut by a British Director” category.

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Happy Christmas from Venom!

Posted December 20, 2013

It has been a busy and productive year here at Venom!

We have started moving into the post production phase of Michael Madsen‘s documentary The Visit and look forward to continuing the project in the New Year. The crew have spent a lot of time travelling the world for the film and have met some incredible people along the way. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the project and to support the production from our end in Dublin.

After a whirlwind journey through Oklahoma for Ken Wardrop‘s next documentary we are very excited to take the project into the edit phase in the New Year. The crew spent three non-consecutive months exploring the state and got to know its people and its cowboy culture.

As we wind down for the holiday season we’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of Venom this year and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

See you in 2014!

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That’s it for Oklahoma in 2013

Posted December 16, 2013

Ken’s latest feature documentary has finished its third month of filming in Oklahoma. It truly was a western adventure with cowboys and every type of vast landscape to take in. The team is recovering from a busy year on the project and we will be moving into post production in the New Year.

A huge thank you to the people of Oklahoma. We couldn’t have done it this year without their generosity, hospitality and enthusiasm for the film. We would especially like to thank the Oklahoma Film Office and the local film industry for their continued support of the project.

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New arrival

Posted October 16, 2013

Andrew welcomed a new addition to his family early this morning. We can’t wait to meet little Miss Freedman and a huge congratulations to the whole family!

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It’s all go here at Venom

Posted October 16, 2013

It’s been a hectic few months here at the Venom offices!

We have been working on Ken Wardrop’s new documentary and have just completed the second of three blocks of filming in the United States. The team will be heading back to the U.S. next month to finish filming and we will move into post-production in the new year.

The other project keeping us on our toes is The Visit, which we will be getting even more involved with once we move into post-production over the next couple of months. Brian has been tirelessly co-ordinating all the rushes coming in from the crew who have been travelling all around the world.

Check back for more developments over the coming months!

 

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Happy Birthday to our Casting Director Raquel!

Posted May 29, 2013

A very Happy Birthday to our Casting Director Raquel!

Raquel has been working at Venom on Ken Wardrop’s next documentary “Gentlemen”.

She has been part of the research team who have been searching high and low for potential participants.

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Sanctuary gets four British Independent Film Festival Award nominations

Posted April 26, 2013

Norah McGettigan’s SANCTUARY has received four nominations from the British Independent Film Festival.

Big congratulations to Norah, Anne-Marie and Agnieszka for their nominations in the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories. The film also has a nomination in the Best Film category.

BIFF’s main screening event will be held on Saturday 4th May in London with an awards ceremony in the evening.

For more information check out http://www.thefilmfestivalguild.com/#!biff2013/c1upp

 

 

 

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Sanctuary in Chicago

Posted April 19, 2013

Sanctuary will screen in Chicago as part of the Chicago Movies and Music Festival tomorrow evening. This will be the film’s second screening in Chicago. For details on the screening check out http://cimmfest.org/sanctuary/.

Next up for Sanctuary will be the International Family Film Festival in California and the British Independent Film Festival in the UK.

 

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Sanctuary busy on the festival circuit

Posted April 4, 2013

Norah McGettigan’s SANCTUARY is keeping very busy on the festival circuit. The Phoenix Film Festival will screen the film tomorrow at the Harkins Theatre with the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival and the International Family Film Festival lined up for later this month.

In most recent news SANCTUARY will be screened as part of the British Independent Film Festival in May. The film will have its main screening at London’s prestigious Empire Cinema at Leicester Square on the 4th May.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information over the coming weeks.

 

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Welcome to the team Raquel!

Posted March 19, 2013

We would like to give our newest team member Raquel a big VENOM welcome!

Raquel will be working as the Casting Director on Ken Wardrop’s upcoming documentary.

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Sanctuary on the U.S. festival circuit this spring

Posted March 11, 2013

Norah McGettigan’s Sanctuary is taking the festival circuit by storm with a busy spring season ahead:

-Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, 20th-24th March

-Phoenix  Film Festival,  Arizona, 4th-11th April

-Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, 5th-18th April

-International Family Film Festival, Hollywood, California, 1st-5th May

 Check back for more updates in the coming weeks!

Kelly + Victor has successful screening at JDIFF

Posted March 8, 2013

Kelly + Victor had a successful screening at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Lead actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes, cinematographer Piers McGrail along with producers Janine Marmot and our very own Andrew Freedman were in attendance.

 

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Kelly + Victor is “one to watch” @ SXSW

Posted March 8, 2013

Kelly + Victor will have its U.S. premiere at SXSW tomorrow. It has been chosen as one of the top ten to see at the festival by Indiewire. The film will also be screened on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th as part of the festival.

K + V Trailer

Posted March 7, 2013

Check our our trailer for Kelly+ Victor

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JOY airing on RTE2 tonight at 11.25PM

Posted February 25, 2013

Filmbase/RTE short film Joy, written and directed by Colm Quinn, will have it’s first television screening on February 25th on RTE2 at 11.25pm as part of the Short Screen series.

Joy tells the story of Nicola, a 16-year old girl, in hospital after giving birth. When her best friend Tess visits, she must reluctantly introduce her newborn daughter who only lived for a short time.

The film had its international premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas in March 2012, before going on to gain a Special Mention for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Following its debut in the international competition at the Cork Film Festival, Donald Clarke of The Irish Times reported “Joy, shot in beautiful widescreen, finds a teenage mother facing up an anticipated, but still heartbreaking, trauma. The film never shouts when it can whisper. Its familiar story is archetypal in its poignancy.”

Joy also screened as part of a Cork Film Festival compilation at the St.Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne, and featured at the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto and the Seattle International Film Festival amongst others.

Starring Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy) and Derbhle Crotty (Notes on a Scandal), Joy was produced by Neil Wallace and Emmet Fleming for Venom Films. Director of Photography was Kate McCullough.

Joy was shot on location in St.Vincents Private Hospital in Dublin. A teaser can be viewed at the folllowing link http://www.thisisirishfilm.ie/trailers/joy

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Kelly + Victor @ JDIFF

Posted February 20, 2013

Kelly + Victor is set to take over the Lighthouse Cinema this Friday at 8PM. The film is rapidly taking in the film festival circuit having taken the BFI London Film Festival by storm late last year and now moving on to the highly acclaimed SXSW next month.

Don’t forget to book your JDIFF ticket on www.jdiff.com before it’s too late!

Female lead Antonia Campbell-Hughes will be in attendance at the Lighthouse as will Producers Janine Marmot and Andrew Freedman.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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Kelly + Victor at SXSW

Posted February 1, 2013

We are very excited to announce that Kelly + Victor will have its North American premiere at SXSW next month! Check out the SXSW website and the SXSW schedule for more information.

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Welcome to the team Brian!

Posted January 22, 2013

A big VENOM welcome to the newest member of our team!

Brian will be working as a researcher for our upcoming documentary alongside Ken and the rest of the Venom team.

 

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Sanctuary to screen at Glasgow Film Festival

Posted January 22, 2013

We are delighted that SANCTUARY will be screening at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday 24th February at 3.45PM.

You can book your tickets on the Glasgow Film Festival website.

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Kelly + Victor at Jameson Dublin International FIlm Festival

Posted January 21, 2013

Kelly + Victor will be screened as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival on Friday 22nd February at The Lighthouse Cinema.

JDIFF will release its schedule this Wednesday 23rd January and tickets will be available online then as well at www.jdiff.com.

Don’t forget to book yours!

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Sanctuary’s Anne-Marie Duff nominated for an IFTA Award

Posted January 21, 2013

All of us at VENOM are very excited that Anne-Marie Duff has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for her performance as Maire in SANCTUARY!

Don’t forget to tune into the 10th Annual IFTA Awards ceremony on Saturday 9th February from 9.30PM on RTÉ One.

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Sanctuary wins Indie Fest’s Best of Show Award!

Posted November 12, 2012

Norah McGettigan’s SANCTUARY has been awarded an Indie Fest Best of Show Award. Indie Fest is an international awards competition which aims to first and foremost serve filmmakers and showcase “cinematic gems and unique voices”. The film has made Indie Fest’s main webpage. Please click the link below to have a look -

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Kelly + Victor Taking Over The World

Posted November 2, 2012

The Works International will be showcasing Kelly + Victor at the American Film Market this week. K+V is among five Irish co-productions being represented by various global sales houses at the event. For more information check out the link to an IFTN article below.

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Beautiful screening of SANCTUARY ended with Q&A

Posted October 25, 2012

SANCTUARY was screened last night as part of the 50th Belfast Festival at Queens. Festival programmer Jude Sharvin led the way in a fantastic Q&A session and a huge thank you to her for taking such good care of us all!

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Norah making headlines in Poland!

Posted October 23, 2012

Norah McGettigan’s SANCTUARY premiered in Poland last night to a packed cinema audience. The film was duly celebrated with many of the cast and crew in attendance. Norah is pictured above with SANCTUARY actress Agnieszka Zulewska on the left. Click on the link below for a look at the glitz and glamour of last night!

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Sanctuary gets theatrical release in Poland

Posted October 22, 2012

SANCTUARY is getting its theatrical release in Poland this week and will have its premiere tonight. Check out the film’s Polish trailer and a “behind-the-scenes” featurette via the links below.

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Kelly + Victor premieres at BFI London Film Festival

Posted October 17, 2012

Kelly + Victor premiered at the BFI London Film Festival with director Kieran Evans, actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes, actor Julian Morris and producers Janine Marmot and Andrew Freedman in attendance.

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“Sanctuary” wins at Koszalin Film Festival in Poland!

Posted September 24, 2012

“Sanctuary” scooped up two awards at the Koszalin Debut Films Festival in Poland. The film’s leading actress Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy, The Last Station, Garage) shared top honours in the Best Actress category. While sound designer Fiadhnait McCann took the award for her work on the film’s haunting soundscape. Best Film will distribute “Sanctuary” this Autumn in Poland. The next Irish screening will be October 24th in the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast as part of Green Screen: Irish Films Distilled.

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HIS & Hers on RTE1

Posted August 21, 2012

Another chance to watch His and Hers on RTE 1 television at 11:25pm on Tuesday 21st August 2012

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World Premiere at Galway

Posted July 2, 2012

We are delighted to announce that SANCTUARY by Norah McGettigan will have its World Premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh. The film will be screened on Friday 13th July at 9pm in the Town Hall.

 

 “A breathtaking debut, Sanctuary effortlessly evokes the twin perils of heartbreak and hope that inevitably follow great loss. At once personal and profound, art-house yet everyday, Norah McGettigan has crafted an elegiac, challenging yet beautiful film that belies her status as a first-time film maker.“

- Gar O’Brien, Programme Director, Galway Film Fleadh

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Joy for SXSW

Posted February 10, 2012

We’re delighted to announce that Irish director Colm Quinn’s short drama Joy is to have its international premiere at next month’s South by South West festival in Austin, Texas. Winner of the Filmbase/RTÉ short film award, it will screen as part of the narrative shorts competition along with 26 other titles from around the world.

 

Joy tells the story of Nicola, a 16-year old girl, in hospital after giving birth. When her best friend Tess visits, she must reluctantly introduce her newborn daughter who only lived for a short time. The film stars Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), IFTA nominee Aoife Duffin (Behold The Lamb) and Derbhle Crotty (Notes on a Scandal).

 

Joy was shot by Director of Photography, Kate McCullough (His & Hers) and produced by Emmet Fleming and Neil Wallace for Venom Film.

 

Taking place in Austin, Texas, the SXSW® Film Conference and Festival is a creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers invaluable networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film. World-class speakers, creative minds, and notable mentors tackle the latest filmmaking trends. Last year the Festival featured many features and shorts, with 66 world premiere features, including Bridesmaids, Source Code, Attack the Block, Weekend, The Beaver, Dragonslayer and Natural Selection among others. The 2012 SXSW Film Conference and Festival takes place in March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is also an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition (Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short). For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film.

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Joy to the World

Posted December 1, 2011

Our latest short film JOY has just had its premiere at the Cork Film Festival, where it screened in both the International and Irish competitions. Written and directed by Colm Quinn and produced by Neil Wallace and Emmet Fleming, the film stars Jane McGrath, Aoife Duffin and Derbhle Crotty. Huge thanks to DoP Kate McCullough and all the crew for doing a fantastic job.

 

Joy, shotin beautiful widescreen, finds a teenage mother facing up an anticipated, but still heartbreaking, trauma. The film never shouts when it can whisper. Its familiar story is archetypal in its poignancy – DONALD CLARKE

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Sanctuary Wraps !

Posted September 18, 2011

After an incredibly successful and rewarding four week shoot in Ireland and two week shoot in Poland SANCTUARY has now wrapped. Many thanks to all involved in the production and keep an eye out here for updates as the film moves into post-production.

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that’s a wrap on Kelly + Victor

Posted September 17, 2011

We are delighted to announce a wonderfully successful shoot which wrapped last thursday at 22:17. Congratulations to all the team including Irish talents, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Director of Photography Piers McGrail and the work for editor Tony Kearns can now truly commence at Venom’s post facility next week.

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Andrew’s biggest production

Posted September 17, 2011

Say hello to Mia Phyllis Freedman, produced over a nine month period in Ireland. She was born on 10th September 2011, two hours after Wrap on Sanctuary.

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Sanctuary completes filming in Ireland and moves to Poland

Posted August 25, 2011

Sanctuary , has successfully completed filming in Ireland and moves to Poland next week . The film stars Jan Frycz and Anne-Marie Duff and is shooting on location in Cavan (Ireland) and Krakow (Poland), and is directed by Norah McGettigan and produced by Andrew Freedman and co produced by the Wadja Studios.

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Kelly + Victor begins shooting

Posted August 25, 2011

Principle photography is underway on Irish/UK co-production ‘Kelly + Victor’. Written and directed by Kieran Evans, ‘Kelly + Victor’ is adapted from Niall Griffith’s critically acclaimed novel of the same title.

 

The film stars Irish actress Antonia Campbell Hughes (The Other Side of Sleep, Lotus Eaters, Lead Balloon) and Julian Morris (24 Hours, ER) as Kelly and Victor and tells the raw, compelling and passionate love story of sexual obsession, set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool. Irish Cinematographer Piers McGrail will have his feature film debut as Director of Photography for the Irish/UK co-production.

 

Producers on the feature are Andrew Freedman (His & Hers) of Venom Films – the production company behind Ken Wardrop’s IFTA winning documentary ‘His & Hers’ – and Janine Marmot (Bodysong, Made in Heaven) for UK based Hot Property Films. The production is supported by Film Agency Wales, Irish Film Board, FilmFour and Domino Publishing.

 

Irish co-producer Andrew Freedman said “We are delighted to be collaborating on this wonderfully ambitious and exciting debut film by director Kieran Evans.”

 

Filming will continue in Liverpool until 20th September. ‘Kelly + Victor’ will be edited by Tony Kearns and post-production will be facilitated by Dublin based post-production facility Screen Scene.

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Venom website Launch

Posted July 22, 2011

Welcome to our new website! Keep an eye out for the latest news here.

 

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