Irish American Movie Hooley 2018
September 28 - 30
The Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia invite you to whoop it up Irish-style with our 4th 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 three films celebrating the passion, humor, and swagger of the Irish diaspora. The Emerald Loop Bar and Grill hosts our opening night party on Friday, September 28.
— 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 Slane Irish Whiskey; and supporting sponsors including the Emerald Loop Bar and Grill, The Hilton Chicago, Kitty O'Shea's, and McCann's Irish Oatmeal.
IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY TRIPLE-BILL DISCOUNT! Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the Friday Movie Hooley film and get tickets for Saturday and Sunday at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount applies to the second and third feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)
Sponsor Slane Irish Whiskey will be present at all films during the Hooley. They will be serving whiskey samples and pre mixed cocktails to those coming to see the film over the age of 21. Visit their table in the lobby starting an hour before each screening.
2017, Sean Hartofilis, USA, 71 min. With Sean Hartofilis, Lindsey Dumont.
In this quirky psychological thriller punctuated by ancient ballads, rambling tales from Irish history, and original songs by the director, surreal paranoia grips Martin (Hartofilis), a widower living alone in a lakeside house, when teenage lovers sneak off with his canoe late one night. Only one returns from the jaunt on the lake, triggering a series of insistent brushes with the law and a hostage-taking that may or may not be real. Writer/director/actor Hartofilis taps into the Irish tradition of telling tall tales, but gives his mercurial character's fantastical and intermittently comic exorcism of grief over the death of his wife a distinctly American spin that hints at the influence of De Palma and Kubrick. DCP digital. (BS)
2017, Mark O'Connor, Ireland, 92 min. With John Connors, Fionn Walton.
"A searingly authentic piece of work…an urgency that grabs you by the throat." - Andrew Winter, Film Inquiry
"The Irish crime flick comes of age…the story fairly thrums with menace." - Declan Burke, Irish Examiner
This energetic gangster drama, Ireland's smash hit of the year, delivers a dark contemporary tragedy of Shakespearean scope playing out within the brutally territorial confines of a housing development on the outskirts of Dublin. Drugs rule, and local crime lord Derra (Jimmy Smallhorne) is the kingpin. Jason (Connors, Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards) - a smalltime loser, part-time DJ, and mama's boy straining at the apron strings - wants what Derra has, up to and including the gangster's hard-eyed wife. Critics have referenced BOYZ N THE HOOD, but director O'Connor (BETWEEN THE CANALS) evokes a distinctly Irish milieu and culture, underlined by the unique sounds of Irish rap and rock, as Jason and his mouthy best friend Dano (Walton) take their foolhardy shot at the big time. DCP digital. (BS)
2018, Fergus O'Brien, UK, 90 min. With Anna Maxwell Martin, Vicky McClure.
Realism and heroism are movingly balanced in this dramatized account of the events surrounding the 1993 IRA bombing in the English town of Warrington that killed two children and led Susan McHugh (McClure), a shocked Dublin wife and mother, to spearhead an unprecedented and controversial peace movement. Supported by increasing numbers of Irish who answer her call to end the violence, McHugh reaches out in sympathy and friendship to Wendy Parry (Martin), grief-stricken mother of a 12-year-old victim, but initially meets with resistance. Director O'Brien and screenwriter Nick Leather (a Warrington native) evenhandedly portray the pain that fires sectarian passions on both sides of the Troubles as the two mothers find common ground for the sake of the children. DCP digital. (BS)