THE PEACEMAKER is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – over five years - as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.
THE PEACEMAKER has screened at premiere international documentary film festivals including Full Frame, Hot Docs, Sheffield, Ambulanté and DOC NYC. The film has won 4 Festival Awards: the Jury Award prize for the Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival ( jury, prize and films in competition: http://bit.ly/2qQT76b) and a Special Jury Award for Vision and Storytelling at the 2017 Florida Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and the Rotary Service Above Self Award at the 2017 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. The film is supported by the Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Film Independent and the LEF Foundation.
PRESS ON THE FILM:
The Hollywood Reporter Review: “A deeply moving portrait of its truly admirable, complex subject.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/peacemaker-hot-docs-review-898667
Orlando Weekly: "It’s that rare doc that successfully blends a newsworthy subject (international peace negotiations) with an intimate portrait.” http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/04/24/florida-film-festival-opens-at-enzian-with-brett-haleys-the-hero
WBUR Radio Boston: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2016/05/13/peacemaker-documentary
James Demo is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces documentary and narrative films. Demo’s award-winning film, First Time Long Time, a short comedy starring John Savage and co-starring Emmy award-winning actress Amanda Plummer and Hollywood icon Karen Black, has played dozens of festivals worldwide. Since the start of his company Central Square Films in 2006, Demo has worked with notable artists including Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, Wynton Marsalis for Time Magazine, and Neil Gaiman for the launch of his game “Haunted Mansion.” Demo is a Sundance Institute Fellow, a Film Independent Documentary Fellow, a Tribeca Film Institute/A&E IndieFilms StoryLab Fellow. Since commencing work on The Peacemaker, he has pitched the film at the IFP Spotlight on Documentaries, The Points North Forum at the Camden International Film Festival and the Hot Docs Forum in Toronto. The Peacemaker is supported by the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant, The LEF Foundation and Sundance Documentary Film Program.