Published on May 31, 2024

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! A portrait of the sculptor, Dony Mac Manus, who has rejected much of contemporary art in favor of a return to the ideals of the renaissance.

2019 SXSW – AFS ShortCase – Official Selection
2019 Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase

Dony Mac Manus is a sculptor and painter in Dublin, Ireland.

In his working methods he has rejected much of contemporary art and chosen to work with tools and processes used throughout the renaissance in Europe.

To me, what was most fascinating about Dony were a set of questions he seemed to pose about our experience of time and our sense of place in it.

How do we navigate the past, tradition, and form our identity in the present in response to these forces? These were the ideas I wanted to explore in this film.

Creative Agency: Animal Garden

Directed by Travis Lee Ratcliff
Executive Producer: Brad Fassbender
Produced by Travis Lee Ratcliff & John Carmichael IV
Associate Producer: Andrew Natali
Cinematography John Carmichel IV
Editing & Sound Design: Travis Lee Ratcliff
Additional Mixing: Matteo Digiulo
Music by Gavin Brivik
Colorist: Brandon Thomas, TBD Post
1st AC, Gaffer: Emily Brown
Production Assistant: Logan Rabe
Artist’s Model: Logan Rabe

Special Thanks: Brad & Teresa Fassbender, Andrew Natali, Dony Mac Manus, Kathryn Bailey, Emily Brown, Logan Rabe, Kami Garcia, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, The Natural History Museum of Ireland, The Doughtery Arts Center

Filmed on the Varicam LT with Cooke S4 lenses

Made possible by Guadalupe Roastery (
Filmed on Location in Dublin, Ireland | |

Contact: [email protected]
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