Chicago Film & Festival News

Award Winning Film : THE MISSING SCARF

TMS_1One of the most successful short films of the past year gears up for online release.
‘The Missing Scarf’ experienced a roller-coaster year, clocking up 16 festival wins along with a nomination for the upcoming European Film Awards and we are proud to say an award winner at the 15th Chicago Irish Film Festival.

The project’s most notable triumph came in early 2014 when it secured a place on the Academy Awards’ shortlist. After which the film was selected to participate in the Oscar theatrical release, screening in more than 300 theatres throughout N.America.
The film boasts the voice work of renowned actor, activist and Facebook megastar George Takei, the imaginative animation of director Eoin Duffy and was producer by Jamie Hogan. Eoin and Jamie first approached George with the project in early 2013, he agreed and they recorded him shortly after in his hometown of Hollywood California.
The multi award winning animated comedy is now set for online release. The film will premiere via on September 29th. #TheMissingScarf – Sep 29
Check out the trailer


Aille An Uafais

September 26th & 28th

@ The Siskel Center

The center piece of a multi-media project that documents the events of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, A TERRIBLE BEAUTY is a 93 minute docudrama which takes a unique look at one fateful week in Irish history. Focusing on the two most ferocious battles, one on Mount Street  the other on North King Street, the film uses first hand accounts of Irish Volunteers, British soldiers and innocent civilians caught up in the fighting to tell the stories of the ordinary people who took part in the Rising. A TERRIBLE BEAUTY  captures the reality of the young soldiers and puts a focus on the tragic loss of life on both sides and it is to the film’s credit that it never seeks to extol the spoils of battle.

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Tickets are $11.00 / $6 (GSFC members)

Gene Siskel Film Center    164 N. State Street  

The film is part of A TERRIBLE BEAUTY 1916-2016 a “Living History” project that will consists of a digital portal for the collection and presentation of stories of the participants and living relatives of those that were involved in the Rising. By producing new material such as short documentaries, audio and text records, it will chronicle and preserve vital individual stories as a resource for all. 

The director, DAVID FARRELL, will be present for a Q&A after both screenings.

CELTIC ARTS RISING! October 3-5, 2014

A celebration of artists, musicians and authors taking place at the IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER. Highlights of this year’s festival include:

MUNDY, ROONEY & STANLEY: Comedy & Music Show Friday, Oct. 3rd

iBAM GALA AWARDS DINNER: Honoring John Mahoney, Performing Arts; Frank Delaney, Literature; Barry “Jazz” Finnegan, Visual Arts,; Paddy Reilly, Music; and  Martin Healy, Person of the Year. Saturday, October 4th

THE HIGH KINGS : Irish Folk Band Sunday, October 5th

For more information and tickets visit  iBAM Chicago 2014

Shot on location in Cleveland, Dublin and County Clare, Ireland, THE YANK is the story of Tom Murphy, a middle-aged Cleveland bachelor. For Tom, “the perfect woman” is beautiful, hard-working, family-oriented and (like his parents) 100% Irish! So when his best friend, Marty, decides to get married in Ireland, Tom’s family and friends send him off on a side splitting epic adventure. Tom does not know it yet, but he’s about to come face to face with the real Ireland…Ireland 2013 the year of THE GATHERING!!! Written and directed by Sean Lacky the film stars Colm Meany, Fred Willard, Keven P. Farley, Nicole Spiridakos, Charlotte Bradley and introducing Sean Lacky as Tom Murphy.

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Winner Best Comedy Feature
Manhattan Film Festival 2014


This year’s festival is a 3 day bonanza of great contemporary Irish films that begins with GOOD VIBRATIONS and ends with GOLD  stopping for a visit at the IRISH PUB in between. Click here for more info and tickets


The Irish Screening Series, presented by Irish Film New York  and Glucksman Ireland House, will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear award winning director Jim Sheridan discuss some of the most important Irish films of the last 25 years, MY LEFT FOOT, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER and IN AMERICA,  which are screening as part of “A Talk with Jim Sheridan”. Also screening in the 3 day series is the U.S. premiers of POISON PEN and BROKEN SONG….click here for a complete list of films and tickets

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