In 2016 "Trouble or Fortune Films" was created to bring the feature documentary "A Captain Unafraid" to life, not long after, "The Green Fields of Cuba" (an exploration of Irish music in Cuba) was released. Both A Captain Unafraid and The Green Fields of Cuba were directed and produced by Charlie. The T.V. documentary Saol John Riley was presented by Charlie and released on the Irish Gaelic T.V. station TG4 by C-Board Films. The latest release under the "Trouble or Fortune" moniker is "Macalla Chill Áirne"-a short fiction film recreating the Victorian era tour of the lakes of Killarney. 

Macalla Chill Áirne

This film is a recreation of the Victorian era boat tour through Killarney's lakes, culminating in the phenomenon of "The Killarney Echo," where buglers played music into the mountains to coax "the wild echo" from its hiding place. There are 6 aboard the boat, the boatmen speak Irish, the women English. One boatmen's brother is on the run from the police, one of the ladies has lost her wedding ring. The film features Irish language performance poet Seámus Barra Ó Súilleabháin as main actor. 


A Captain Unafraid (2017) is a documentary feature film directed and produced by Charlie concerning sailor and adventurer "Dynamite" Johnny O' Brien. Involved in ruction and revolution on manys the foreign shore, in many ways Johnny was a rebel without a cause, that is, until he found his cause in the late 19th century Cuban War Of Independence. The seed for this documentary was planted with Charlie's song "Marine Mambí, Johnny Dynamite." The film was released in June 2017 by Trouble or Fortune Films. The world premiere was in Havana at cine 23 y 12 as part of an E.U. run “European Film Festival” in that city. That screening was organised along with the Irish Embassy of Mexico. A Captain Unafraid went on to close the 18th Kerry Film Festival in Ireland as well as winning best documentary at the Calcutta Cult Film Festival that year. It was part of the official selection of the Dumbo (N.Y.) Film Fest, Sanitago Independent Film Festival, Chicago Art House Film Festival and Miami Independent Film Festival in 2019. In  Its available to stream and buy on Amazon Prime. 


A Captain Unafraid Gallery

The Green Fields of Cuba


In November 2017 the Irish-American folk group “The Green Fields of America” embarked on their third tour of Cuba. We follow them as they collaborate and perform with Cuban musicians who have immersed themselves in Irish traditional music. “The Atlantic Philanthropies” and “The Fund for Reconciliation and Development” commissioned this film through “Trouble or Fortune Films” as a document of their work in trying to improve U.S./Cuban relations. Through “The Green Fields of Cuba,” with the music and dance of Ireland, we explore the universality of sound and motion. 


Shot in Ireland and Mexico in 2010, this film tells the story of John Riley and the part he played in the Mexican/American War of 1847. Saol John Riley was narrated and presented by Charlie and directed and produced by Kieran Concannon for the Irish language TV station TG4.