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Frank Shouldice in person! Film Series : 5th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley

The Man Who Wanted to Fly

2018, Frank Shouldice, Ireland, 82 min.

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  • Sat, Sep 28th 8:00pm

“A wonderful underdog tale…one of the feel-good movies of the year.”—Dave Higgins, Scannain

Age is no deterrent to the fulfillment of one man’s lifelong dream in this surprising and heartwarming documentary that has become a popular hit in Ireland. Eighty-something bachelor brothers Bobby and Ernie Coote share a home on their 150-year-old family farm near Bailieborough in County Cavan. Introvert Ernie is content to explore the world from the safety of his CB radio, but adventurous Bobby, a musician, violin-maker, and repairer of antique clocks, aches to soar the skies as the pilot of his own plane. Director Shouldice follows this saga of several years as Bobby implements a “build it and they will come” strategy, mowing a runway in a farm field, knocking together a hangar, and searching for a plane and a teacher to give him flying lessons. In the process, he creates a community to cheer him on. In English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)'

Director Frank Shouldice is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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