Chicago Irish Film Festival

Chicago Irish Film Festival

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at 7:00pm

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Guns and Rosaries - US Premier

Opening Night Gala-Also Screening: Pat and Maid in America

Martin Sheen narrates this fascinating documentary on Fr Patrick Peyton, the Irish American priest who brought Hollywood celebrities and millions across the globe to their knees in praying the Rosary. From the mid-1940s and with his famous slogan ‘the family that prays together stays together,’ Fr Peyton built a media empire in radio, TV and movies. Fr Peyton’s efforts came to the attention of the CIA which controversially funded the Rosary Crusade as a weapon of mass devotion to fight godless communism during the Cold War-a partnership that was ended only with the intervention of Pope Paul VI. Guns & Rosaries features a wonderful collection of archive film and the recollections of those who knew Fr. Peyton, including Bob Newhart who is one of the last Hollywood Greats to work with the Rosary Priest.

2019 | 59 mins

Director / Writer: Tony Kelly
Producer: Michele Cronin
Narrator: Martin Sheen

Also Screening:

Pat

2019 | Emma Wall | 14 mins
Set in 1978, Pat tells the story of a music lover from rural Ireland who keeps in touch with her son in New York through the only phone box in the village.

Maid in America

2019 |Kathy Raftery | 1 min
Josephine shares stories from her time working as maid in America in the early 1950’s, including the time she encountered one of the Rockefeller family.

Gala Admission: $50.00