Irish Network-New Orleans have announced the third annual New Orleans Irish Film Fest taking place October 10-12, at the historic Prytania Theatre. Over the course of three days, six classic and contemporary Irish films are being featured.
The festival kicks off at 5:30pm Friday, October 10th with a gala celebration and screening of the classic Irish film from director Jim Sheridan, My Left Foot. As Robert Bell, director of the New Orleans Irish Film Fest, states, “This is the film that brought Irish cinema to the attention of the world.” My Left Foot, the first Irish Film to win Academy Awards for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis, his first Academy Award) and Best Supporting Actress (Brenda Fricker), is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The film is being screened from a 35mm print courtesy of the Irish Film Institute in Dublin.
Closing the festival is the critically acclaimed film out of Northern Ireland, Good Vibrations. Set during the Troubles of the 70s and 80s, Good Vibrations tells the true story of record store owner Terri Hooley as he fosters the punk rock scene in Belfast. Good Vibrations won the Audience Award at the Belfast Film Festival and Best Irish Feature at Galway Film Fleadh. This is a film that has audiences pulling for the underdogs and cheering the power that music has to heal.
Additionally, the festival presents Alex Fegan’s The Irish Pub. This artistic documentary takes the audience into some of the most famous Irish pubs on the Emerald Isle. After the screening, the audience will be treated to a Skype interview of the director by one of New Orleans’ best know Irish publicans, Pauline Patterson from Finn McCools Irish Pub in Mid-City.
The Bachelor Weekend (The Stag in Ireland) is an outrageous comedy that follows a bachelor party campout. What was supposed to be a quiet weekend for friends, finds the group lost, naked and stoned in the wilds of western of Ireland. Also, Animated Ireland is a collection of animated shorts curated by animation maverick Steve Woods. Presented by the Irish Film Institute, this collection highlights the strength of Irish animation and animators.
Each year, the New Orleans Irish Film Fest screens a family film, and this year presents Moon Man, based on the internationally know, best-selling kids’ book of the same name by Tomi Ungerer. Moon Man follows the story of a bored man on the moon when he decides to come down to visit Earth. This film is a co-production from Cartoon Salon, who brought us The Secret of Kells.
2014 New Orleans Irish Film Festival Schedule
Friday, October 10
5:30pm Opening Night Gala with My Left Foot
Saturday, October 11
Noon Moon Man
2:30pm Irish Pub, followed by Skype interview with Director Alex Fegan
5:00 pm The Bachelor weekend
Sunday, October 12
Noon Animated Ireland
7:30 pm Good Vibrations
All films are screened at the Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St, 504-891-2787.