PRESENTS

The Fifth Annual Irish American Movie Hooley!

When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley.”

Three terrific film premieres!   September 27 – 29, 2019

Seanie Sugrue in person!

MISTY BUTTON

2019, SEANIE SUGRUE, USA, 88MIN.
WITH CILLIAN O’SULLIVAN, SHAUN KENNEDY, JOHN KEATING

Chicago Premiere!

Fri, Sep 27th 8:00pm

With a tale of a caper gone wrong, this black comedy evokes the freewheeling émigré culture of lads short on work and cash and long on heavy boozing in the Irish lairs of Brooklyn and the Bronx. James (O’Sullivan), who has just burned his last bridge and now lacks both a job and a wife, teams up with friend Eoin (Kennedy) on a for-hire mission to the racetrack on behalf of slippery raconteur Timmy Thomas (Keating). In a clumsy attempt at sleight of hand by a pair who wouldn’t know a winning hand if they saw one, the boys screw up royally, putting themselves under heavy obligation to a clutch of gangsters. There’s a new angle when a bold lady with a soft spot for the sound of Irish and the hots for greenbacks sets her sights on James. In English and Irish with English subtitles. Following the show, the audience is invited to an opening night party at the Emerald Loop Bar and Grill, 216 N. Wabash Ave. DCP digital. (BS)

Frank Shouldice in person!

THE MAN WHO WANTED TO FLY

2018, FRANK SHOULDICE, IRELAND, 82 MIN.

Chicago Premiere!

Sat, Sep 28th 8:00pm

Age is no deterrent to the fulfillment of one man’s lifelong dream in this surprising and heartwarming documentary that has become a popular hit in Ireland. Eighty-something bachelor brothers Bobby and Ernie Coote share a home on their 150-year-old family farm near Bailieborough in County Cavan. Introvert Ernie is content to explore the world from the safety of his CB radio, but adventurous Bobby, a musician, violin-maker, and repairer of antique clocks, aches to soar the skies as the pilot of his own plane. Director Shouldice follows this saga of several years as Bobby implements a “build it and they will come” strategy, mowing a runway in a farm field, knocking together a hangar, and searching for a plane and a teacher to give him flying lessons. In the process, he creates a community to cheer him on. In English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)’

Aisling Ní Fhlaithearta in person!

CUMAR: A GALWAY RHAPSODY

2019, AODH Ó COILEÁN, IRELAND, 69 MIN.

American Premiere!

Sun, Sep 29th 5:00pm

The diverse glories of the city of Galway, celebrated in song, performance and image, make this lyrical bilingual documentary a must for any lover of all things Irish. Set in a lush green countryside at the edge of the sea, Galway has long attracted Ireland’s most adventurous storytellers in every medium and genre. The confluence of cultural riches evokes the mystical and mythical elements that make Galway a legend in its own right, as director Ó Coileán (THE LARK’S VIEW) explores the entrancing work of a host of varied artists. Included are: musician/composer Máirtín O’Connor; novelist Mike McCormack; poet Rita Ann Higgins; singer/songwriter Róisín Seoighe; visual artist Pádraic Reaney; and comedian Tommy Tiernan. In Irish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

With special thanks to:

All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Admission:

  • General Admission: $12
  • Students: $7
  • Film Center members: $6
  • Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) staff, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) faculty, staff, and students: $5

The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm, Sunday.

312-846-2800 

All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks on www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.

Discounted parking is available for $19 for 24 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

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