Irish American Movie Hooley
September 29 - October 1
From September 29 through October 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia invite you to whoop it up Irish-style with our 3rd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley. The hooley is just another name for a good shindig, and with filmmakers present for discussion at all screenings, stimulating conversation and lively debate are guaranteed as we present Chicago premieres of three films celebrating the passion, humor, and swagger of the Irish diaspora. The Emerald Loop Bar and Grill hosts our happening opening night party on Friday, September 29 (see details with film listing).
The stories may be rooted in Irish American culture, but the humor and human drama are truly universal. Acclaimed writer Kevin Fortuna appears on Friday with THE DUNNING MAN, a black comedy adapted from his popular book. Director Colin Broderick and actor John Duddy are present on Saturday for the premiere of EMERALD CITY, a comedy-drama set in the precarious world of Irish immigrant construction workers in New York. On Sunday, producer Julie Ryan presents the raucous crime caper comedy THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, one of Ireland’s smash hits of the past year.
— Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming
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, and McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.