Chicago Irish Film Festival

Chicago Irish Film Festival

Friday, Feb 28, 2020 at 5:00pm

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Schedule:

5:00PM: Eclectic Mix - Irish Shorts Program

An eclectic mix of stories ranging from the brazen to the endearing, heartbreaking to heartwarming, old friends to good old fashion leg-pulling and some “hell yes!” by some of Ireland’s best short filmmakers.

Various Directors | 99 mins

Ta M’Atheir Anseo | Scott Ennis | 1 min

In honor of my father through a kilt pin.

The Promise | Jean Law | 12 mins

Maria returns to the West of Ireland to reflect and come to terms with a challenge in her life.

Ghosts from Now | Margaux Basch | 20 mins

This is a movie about emigration. What is it to leave, to mourn a place, or a time?

Run | Roisin Kearney, Caroline-Grace Cassidy | 9 mins

A woman’s eyes are opened to her controlling partner when an old friend is allowed to come to dinner.

The Night is Black and the Day is White | Joe McStravick | 8 mins

A mother and a father share their experiences of living with a child who has autism

Abe’s Story | Adam Stewart | 13 mins

Set in Victorian London, Abe, an overworked Irish writer gets an idea for a bloody brilliant novel.

Square One | Emily Firth Dwyer and Brian Benjamin Dwyer | 3 mins

A comedy about willpower…and chocolate.

Up and Away | Jamie Goldrick | 16 mins

A short documentary on the 1973 IRA Mountjoy Helicopter Escape.

Love Her Bones | Ross Carey | 7 mins

Frank bumps into his old friend Tom at the pub and learns that Tom has just made a very odd life choice.

Location: Society for Arts: Gallery Theatre, 1112 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Tickets:
Adult - $12.00
Senior/Student - $10.00
Child - $5.00

7:00PM: Breaking Ice - World Premier

Also Screening: Zozimus

In 1986 a London-Irishman named Larry Tracey took it upon himself to form the Irish Bobsleigh and Luge Association. He recruited a group of elite Irish rowers and set his sights on qualifying the team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Having achieved qualification for the games, the stage was set for an historic Olympic debut. But one thing stood in their way; the Olympic Council of Ireland. Despite qualifying for the games, the OCI refused to allow them to compete at the games (which saw the famous Jamaican bobsleigh team become Olympic heroes). Undeterred, the team evolved and set their sights on the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.

2020 | 60 mins

Director /Writer/ Producer: Jason Branagan
Co-Producers: Karin Larkin, Kamal Ibrahim
Animation Director: Rachel Fitzgerald

Also Screening:

Zozimus

2019 | David Knox | 19 mins
Zozimus shows that the poetry and the passion of the collective experience of the beautiful game can happen in the most improbable of places.

Location: Society for Arts: Gallery Theatre, 1112 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Tickets:
Adult - $12.00
Senior/Student - $10.00
Child - $5.00

7:00PM: What Did You Say? - Irish Shorts Program

It’s not always easy talking to your muse, the taxi driver, a leprechaun, your online date, a guy from the future, your drug dealing buddy or the maybe not so crazy lady you just met; but somehow, you’ll manage.

Various Directors | 96 mins

We are delighted to welcome filmmakers Rik Gordon, Tony Doyle, Michael David McKernan and producer Ailis Logan to the festival

9 Months | Michael Wohlfeld | 11 mins

A courier for a criminal organization gets double crossed.

Pure Gold | Rik Gordon | 14 mins

In the grip of a famine, a farmer must provide for his starving family.

Kathleen | Liam O’Neill | 18 mins

Sean is stuck. He’s a writer without words, a would-be lover with no one to love.

Halo | Michael-David McKernan | 17 mins

A lonely taxi driver takes drastic action to protect a passenger from heartbreak.

Match | Laura O’Shea + Tony Doyle | 12 mins

Two strangers ‘match’ online and meet for a casual ride – on a Monday, no less.

Rip to the Rescue |Paudie Baggott | 15 mins

In the post-apocalyptic Irish midlands, an overconfident American jet pilot tries to rescue a beautiful young woman.

Spooky Talent Agency | Vince Breheny | 1 min

A talent agent reveals the gritty reality of life behind the showbiz glamour.

Wine Lake | Platon Theodoris | 10 mins

A chance encounter in Sydney between a homeless Irish alcoholic and an artistic backpacker results in a most unlikely connection.

Location: The Logan Theater – Screen 1, 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Tickets:
Adult - $12.00
Senior/Student - $10.00
Child - $5.00

9:00PM: Sea Fever - Midwest Premier

Also Screening: Agoraphobia

Brilliant young marine biology student Siobhán (Hermione Corfield) has just signed on for some real-life experiences aboard the ragged fishing trawler, Niamh Cinn Oir, where she finds herself miserably at odds with the seasoned and close-knit crew. But out in the deep Atlantic, in the restricted waters of the Irish Sea, the ship hits an unseen object, and strange creatures, appearing at first to be barnacles, attach themselves to the ship and a blue goo begins to emanate into the waters. At first Siobhan attempts to logically de-mystify the situation, but as the mysterious bio-luminescent force infiltrates the vessel and the crew begins to succumb to the strange infection, Siobhán must overcome her alienation and win the crew’s trust before everyone is lost.

2019 | 89 mins

Director / Writer: Neasa Hardiman
Producers: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell
Cast: Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen, Doudray Scott, Olwen Fouéré, Ardalan Esmaili, Jack Hickey, Elie Bouakaze

Also Screening:

Agoraphobia

2019 | 6 mins | Darren Fox
Sarah is a regular 9 to 5 worker. The standard decent paid job but like everyone else she has her struggles.

Location: The Logan Theater – Screen 1, 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Tickets:
Adult - $12.00
Senior/Student - $10.00
Child - $5.00

9:00PM: This is My Home - Midwest Premier

No short screening.

Two Irish Immigrant musicians, the Black Donnelly’s, embark on a quest to set a Guinness World Record playing 60 shows in ALL 50 states in just 35 days! Racing against the clock, they examine the pursuit of the American Dream from an immigrant’s perspective and how music connects us all. Will they make it?

Band members Dave Rooney and Dave Browne aren’t just performers, after all, they’re immigrants too, setting off on an adventure to discover America. Along the journey, they explore the country’s deep Irish heritage and their wider relationship to recent immigrants from across the world. In our time of introspection and reflection as a nation defined by immigrants, these two musicians offer the perfect opportunity to discover our collective national character. Does the American dream still exist?

2019 | 90 mins

Director: Karl Nickoley
Producers: Karl Nickoley, Greg Ahn, Dave Rooney, Dave Browne
Cast: Dave Rooney, Dave Browne

Location: Society for Arts: Gallery Theatre, 1112 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Tickets:
Adult - $12.00
Senior/Student - $10.00
Child - $5.00