5th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley
September 27 - 29
From September 27 through 29, the Gene Siskel Film Center and Hibernian Transmedia invite you to whoop it up Irish-style with our 5th 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 27 (see details with film listing).
The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks: Mike Houlihan and Hibernian Transmedia, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish American culture; lead sponsors the Chicago Community Trust and Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust; and supporting sponsors including Paddy Irish Whiskey, the Emerald Loop Bar and Grill, The Hilton Chicago, Kitty O’Shea’s, and McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.
2019, Seanie Sugrue, USA, 88 min.
With Cillian O’Sullivan, Shaun Kennedy, John Keating
With a tale of a caper gone wrong, this black comedy evokes the freewheeling émigré culture of lads short on work and cash and long on heavy boozing in the Irish lairs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. James (O’Sullivan), who has just burned his last bridge and now lacks both a job and a wife, teams up with friend Eoin (Kennedy) on a for-hire mission to the racetrack on behalf of slippery raconteur Timmy Thomas (Keating). In a clumsy attempt at sleight of hand by a pair who wouldn’t know a winning hand if they saw one, the boys screw up royally, putting themselves under heavy obligation to a clutch of gangsters. There’s a new angle when a bold lady with a soft spot for the sound of Irish and the hots for greenbacks sets her sights on James. In English and Irish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
The Man Who Wanted to Fly
2018, Frank Shouldice, Ireland, 82 min.
“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)'
Cumar: A Galway Rhapsody
2019, Aodh Ó Coileán, Ireland, 69 min.
“A love letter to a rare place…a contemplative piece of art in its own right.”--Dave Higgins, Scannain
The diverse glories of the city of Galway, celebrated in song, performance and image, make this lyrical bilingual documentary a must for any lover of all things Irish. Set in a lush green countryside at the edge of the sea, Galway has long attracted Ireland’s most adventurous storytellers in every medium and genre. The confluence of cultural riches evokes the mystical and mythical elements that make Galway a legend in its own right, as director Ó Coileán (THE LARK’S VIEW) explores the entrancing work of a host of varied artists. Included are: musician/composer Máirtín O’Connor; novelist Mike McCormack; poet Rita Ann Higgins; singer/songwriter Róisín Seoighe; visual artist Pádraic Reaney; and comedian Tommy Tiernan. In Irish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)