2nd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley
September 30 - October 2
The Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia team up once again to make movie-going a welcoming experience in the tradition of an Irish party. The hooley, another name for a lively shindig, is dedicated to discovering talented filmmakers whose work celebrates the passion, humor, and swagger of the Irish diaspora.
We invite one and all to commune with their inner Irish (or inner honorary Irish) and enjoy three films that tell universal stories. Writer/director/actor Kevin Baggott appears in person on Friday with BENEATH DISHEVELED STARS, the bittersweet comedy of a New Yorker who travels to his mom’s native village to fulfill her dying wish. Producer Bob Jackson appears on Saturday with the documentary A DOCTOR’S SWORD, a stirring account of WWII humanitarian dedication and courage. On Sunday, poetry holds sway when director Aodh Ó Coileáin appears with his lyrical meditation on the Irish landscape, THE LARK'S VIEW.
— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center
The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks: Mike Houlihan and Hibernian Transmedia, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish American culture; lead sponsor 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey; and supporting sponsors including the Emerald Loop Bar and Grill, The Hilton Chicago, Kitty O’Shea’s, Irish American News, and McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.