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Sex, drugs and documentaries

Filmmaker Peter Ireland talks about his short animated documentary 'Chip' which screened at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival.

He MC’d the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. He refurbished a restaurant, overnight, after The Rolling Stones trashed it on tour. Bob Dylan stayed in his apartment. The Doors. Jimi Hendrix. The Who. He’s worked with them all.

And now Chip Monck sits across from me.

His impressive grey moustache, flicked upward at each end, twitches slightly. His booming Massachusetts voice fills the small room:

“Well, are we going to get started or what?”

And so began the journey of my short, animated documentary ‘Chip’. Through two months of animation production, and a handful of slightly unbalanced illustrators. Through a 2300 person screening at the Opera House for TEDx Sydney 2014. And now, to an in-competition screening at the 2014 Antenna Documentary Film Festival.

To use the words of the great man himself, ‘It’s been a trip’.

But, to the man who delivered the famous “bad acid” warning at Woodstock,  what does it mean to have his story on the big screen at The Antenna Documentary Film Festival? What does it mean to have any film screen in a festival, really?
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