Chicago — The celebs of Eire indie movies will descend on Chicago, Friday evening, Sept. 24, for the seventh Annual Irish American Film Hooley celebrating Irish and Irish-American film-making at its greatest with a trio of premieres on the Gene Siskel Movie Middle.
Chicago’s Irish group was crushed when Covid canceled final yr’s Film Hooley, reducing off their annual repair of options and docs by future John Fords and Jimmy Cagneys of the movement image business, which yearly introduced bravado storytelling to the Windy Metropolis with movies like “Emerald Metropolis,” “The Younger Offenders,” and “Cardboard Gangsters” to State Avenue within the Loop.
John Duddy and Grainne Duddy.
Chicago celebrates the return of the Film Hooley this Fall whereas internet hosting a few of the diaspora’s darlings of cinema, together with boxing legend John Duddy and spouse Grainne, Nicola Boyle and Eire’s personal anti-hero John Connors, all in individual for the Chicago premiere of their movie “A Bend within the River” on Saturday evening, Sept. 25. at 8 p.m. The Hooley reunites director/filmmaker Colin Broderick who premiered his movie “Emerald Metropolis” on the 2017 Film Hooley and now has collaborated with the filmmakers he met again then in Chicago, to carry us the autobiographical “Bend”. It’s the story of a author who returns to Eire, after spending 25 years in New York, to confront the ghosts of his previous.
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Sunday afternoon, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., the Hooley screens the Chicago premiere of “Infinite Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.” John Connors directs this delicate and empathetic documentary that follows the ultimate journey of widespread Instagrammer, Jade McCann, and her father Anthony. An viewers favourite on the Dublin Movie Pageant, this inspirational story is a reminder of the poisonous nature of social media and the enduring fact in each soul as, “A household comes collectively to struggle the final word struggle and study that love is extra highly effective than loss of life.” Connors and movie producer Tiernan Williams will seem in individual on the screening.
The Hooley kicks off Friday evening, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.with the World Premiere of Mike Houlihan’s charming private documentary “In Search of Weeping Jim,” in regards to the late Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns, who emigrated from County Mayo in 1884 on the age of 13 and went on to a storied political profession, campaigning at wakes and funerals, and culminating in his introduction of laws in 1915 directing Chicago to undertake plans for a municipal flag, which happened in 1917, incomes Kearns the moniker “father of the Chicago flag.” The movie options music from Irish performers The Noticed Docs, Gaelic Storm, The Wolfe Tones, Liam Durkin, Eimear Arkins and Jimmy Cloonan and lots of of Weeping Jim’s descendants shall be on the town for opening evening. Houlihan says, “With this movie we’re claiming the Chicago flag for the Irish diaspora. From now and perpetually extra the Chicago flag is an ‘Irish factor.’”
The opening-night viewers are all invited to a reception after the screening on the Dearborn, simply across the nook from the Siskel to satisfy and mingle with the celebrities of all three movies and pattern the Hooley’s favourite sponsor, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey.
Hibernian Media presents the Film Hooley in affiliation with the Gene Siskel Movie Middle, unveiling a trinity of Chicago premieres of one of the best from Eire and Irish American cinema. The Film Hooley gives audiences the distinctive alternative to satisfy the administrators and stars of all three movies in individual and share “the craic” with them after every screening.
Hooley producer Mike Houlihan says, “As soon as once more we’re thrilled to current three distinctive tales that seize and evoke our Irish tradition.”
“Now that the Gene Siskel Movie Middle has reopened, we’re completely satisfied to carry again a few of our beloved, long-running and yearly traditions just like the Hooley. Now celebrating its seventh yr, the Hooley is a celebration of Irish American expertise and voices, and patrons who expertise the movies and the power of the occasion – whether or not returning yr after yr or experiencing the competition for the primary time – are all the time delighted,” mentioned Movie Middle Director of Programming Rebecca Fons.
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