2005 San Francisco Irish Film Festival

postcard.jpgMONDAY – MAY 16th – 7PM
Panel Discussion:
“How to Grow Your Own Film Industry”

Second Annual San Francisco
Irish Film Festival ScheduleTICKETS: $10 per show
OR an evening ticket: $15
(basically a double feature ticket)
TUESDAY – MAY 17th

Magners’N'Shorts – 1

15 Award winning, hilarious, irreverent and poignant shorts & a Magners for each attendee. Complete Shorts Descriptions
9PM
– Agricultural Report – 2004
A short comedy about the bliss of ignorance.
– Fluent Dysphasia – 2004
Murph wakes one day, mysteriously speaking perfect Irish.
– Not there yet – 2004
One of the finest examples of transport mayhem ever seen.
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Friends since they were small boys, Adam and Paul have withered into two hapless desperate junkies, tied together by habit and necessity. A stylised downbeat physical comedy, the film follows the boys over the course of a simple day, which like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and robbing money for drugs. Adam and Paul has achieved international recognition in festivals around the world. The film, described by Variety as “Laurel and Hardy on smack,” scooped the top awards at Toronto, Sophia, and Galway.Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Producer: Jonny Speers
Script: Mark O’Halloran
Main Cast: Mark O’Halloran, Tom Murphy
86 mins
WEDNESDAY – MAY 18TH
Poitin – A tale about the cruel revenge a poteen-maker takes on two ne’er-do-wells who steal poteen, wreck his house and try to molest his daughter. Cast: Cyril Cusack, Niall Toibin, Donal McCann, Mairead NiConghaile, MacDara O’Fatharta, Sean O’Coisdealbha.
Directed by: Bob Quinn, 1979- 65minsGod’s Early Work
This is the tale of how a bumbling young Lucifer left out, alone and rejected, finally got a chance to leave his mark on the creation of life on Earth.
Directed by Rory Bresnihan. 2004 – 10mins.image010.pngRobert Quinn’s ‘Cinegael Paradiso’ documentary tells a very personal story for the filmmaker. It deals with Cinegael, the independent cinema set up by his film-maker father Bob Quinn (Poitin) in Connemara in the mid 1970′s where he lived as a child.’Cinegael Paradiso – Once upon a time in Connemara’ is a feature length documentary film that The film focuses on the contribution the cinema made to the cultural life of the community and documents an important, and so far untold, aspect of Ireland’s film and cultural history, making an important contribution to Ireland’s cinematic archive.
53mins
Cinegael Paradiso – 2004
– Nun Fight Club – 2004
- The Wonderful World of Kevin Kind – 2004
Kelvin is soon forced to realise that being in love isn’t easy for nice guys…
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The Halo Effect – 2004
Fatso is the proprietor of what may be the worst eaterie in the city, and is struggling to keep a sinking ship afloat. His compulsive gambling is getting the better of him and he has to contend with an endless succession of loan sharks and debt collectors. He employs hopelessly incompetent staff and generally manages to keep the entire community around him ticking over. However just as Fatso seems to be getting everything under control, he is faced with a dilemma that could destroy him for good.
Director/Script:Lance Daly
Producer: John Kelleher
Cast: Stephen Rea, Grattan Smith, Kerry Condon, Simon Delaney, Willie Higgins, Patrick Bergin, John Kavanagh, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Mick Lally.
97mins
THURSDAY – MAY 19TH
3PM – Timbuktu
God. Love. And Death. A dark road-movie set in the North African Sahara Timbuktu follows the young and beautiful Isobel, together with her transvestite friend Deecy, in their search for her kidnapped brother and religious monk Conor.
Director/Design: Alan Gilsenan. 2004 – 94minsPLUS Shorts: Prey Alone, Nun Fight Club & The Popes Visit.
10 Award winning, hilarious, irreverent and poignant shorts & a Magners Original Irish Cider for each attendee. Complete Shorts Description.
— Nun Fight Club – 2004
— Sex & the Single Cell – 2004
A humorous tale delving deep into the libido of the single cell organism. Under the microscope a sea of teeming relentless sexual activity is revealed. This film is concerned with the stresses and strains experienced in the relentless drive to multiply. Director/Producer: Scott McDonnell. 2004—Undressing My Mother
A poignant documentary that explores a woman’s unique take on her overweight and aging body.
Directed by Ken Wardrop. 2004 – 6mins.NOTE Also screens Monday, May 17 at 7PM.
Breaking News: 05/04/05: “Undressing My Mother” selected to be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.Reefer and the Model – 1986
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Somewhere on the west coast of Ireland Reefer, a dissolute, mildly aristocratic ex-IRA man gives a lift to Teresa, a woman with a shady past. Reefer takes her in, allowing her to share the boat he lives in with Spider and Badger, who also acts as deckhands when the trawler operates as a ferry between the mainland and the islands. Spider and Badger also have pasts: Spider is on the run from the British. A relationship gradually develops between all four shipmates although in particular between the gruff Reefer and the gentle Model, whose pregnancy develops as the story continues.Director: Joe Comeford.
Cast: Ian McElhinny, Eve Watkinson, Carol Scanlan, Birdy Sweeney, Sean Lawlor, Ray McBride.
93mins

Filum 05:
The San Francisco
Irish Film Festival
was presented by the
Irish Arts Foundation
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San Francisco Irish Film Festival
May 17, 18 and 19 2005
Roxie Cinema

TUESDAY – MAY 17th
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7PM — Magners’N'Shorts – 1
15 Award winning, hilarious, irreverent and poignant shorts & a Magners for each attendee. Films may not play in the following order.

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Dublin 1
A short and true animated anecdote about one man’s visit to Dublin 1.
Directed by Jason Tammemagi. 2004 – 11mins

Think Zoo Part 1
Welcome one and all to Ireland’s answer to Big Brother, South Park, and the Angelus, all rolled into one! “What is thinkZoo?” I hear you ask? In keeping with today’s TV trends of placing completely boring members of the public in ludicrous situations, and observing them perversely for a few weeks, while we at home munch great big bowls of popcorn, thinkZoo is taking five members of the “animated public”, and placing them in the thinkZoo house for one week to see how they will cope – and more importantly, so that we can all have a good laugh at them!
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Nun Fight Club
A group of nuns gather in a basement on a Friday night to drink tea, eat scones and beat the shite out of each other.
Directed by Declan de Barr. 2004 – 2.26mins

Everything in This Country Must
Based on the short story by Colum McCann, “Everything In This Country Must” focuses on a young British soldier in Northern Ireland who is involved in an accident that kills a mother and her child. Later, the same soldier helps a farmer and his daughter save their drowning horse.
Directed by Gary McKendry, has been nominated for a 2005 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film. Paul Martinez of Lost Planet was the editor. 2004 – 20mins
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Racism in Ireland – The high-tech industry has brought diversity, prosperity and racism to the Emerald Isle. The Irish like to welcome visitors with the Gaelic phrase “Cead Mile Failte” meaning “100 thousand Welcomes” but foreigners who want to stay in Ireland are more likely to be met with hostility.
Niall McKay and Emer Martin – 2005
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Bright Lights Big City
A comic take on modern living, seen through the eyes of a starry-eyed new Irish immigrant who is looking for a place to live in NYC. Her interaction with the local estate agent is fraught with crossed wires but she is eventually sold on the excitement of the big city.
Director/Producer/Script: Debbie Jenkinson. 2004.
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Prey Alone
Agent Cain is on the hunt for an elusive unidentified killer.His only leads are a reluctant witness held in a military prison and the words ‘prey alone’ written in a notebook. Can Cain track him down and discover the true identity of the mysterious criminal. The chase is on.
Directed by Stephen St Leger, James Mather. 2004 – 15mins

Think Zoo Part 2 – See ThinkZoo Part 1
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Cúilín Dualach
Born with his head on backwards, Cúilín Dualach has been shunned and mocked by all but his loving Mother. Then one day, he discovers he can do something better than anyone else.
Directed by Nora Twomey; Script by Jackie Mac Donnacha and Produced by Ross Murray. 2004 – 12mins
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Undressing My Mother
A poignant documentary that explores a woman’s unique take on her overweight and aging body.
Directed by Ken Wardrop. 2004 – 6mins.

Breaking News: 05/04/05: “Undressing My Mother” selected to be shown at the Cannes International Film Festival.
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Screwback
Harry thought his past was behind him. He was wrong. Forced back into the unforgiving and brutal world he tried to leave behind, Harry must do one last job for his old boss. If he refuses, the girl dies.
Directed by Brian O’Malley. 2004 – 10mins.
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The Wonderful World of Kelvin Kind
Kelvin Kind, a wonderful loser with a heart of gold, is blissfully unaware of his own loneliness. But when a beautiful girl moves into the apartment across the hall, Kelvin’s solitary world is turned upside down. As he tries in vain to get the girl’s attention, Kelvin is soon forced to realise that being in love isn’t easy for nice guys…
Directed by Ian Power. 2004 – 15mins

Think Zoo Part 3 – see ThinkZoo 1

San Francisco Irish Film Festival
May 17, 18 and 19 2005
Roxie Cinema

THURSDAY – MAY 19th
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7PM — Magners’N'Shorts – 2
10 Award winning, hilarious, irreverent and poignant shorts & a Magners for each attendee. Films may not play in the following order.

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Langerland -
Colm Tobin, Aidan O’Donovan & Kevin Nolan, political and wacky animations. 2004

Starfish
A fast paced drama exploring the undercurrent of happenstance that runs through our daily lives. In a quiet little fishing town, five random people find their lives connected through chance, intertwined by their past history and bound by the dark side of coincidence. An eclectic cast of characters weaves and warps through each other’s lives on a seemingly ordinary day, building an unforgettable climax.
Director Seamus T. Byrne sardonically explores the cause and effect nature of human action and its subsequent repercussions on the greater community. Shot on location in San Francisco. 2004 – 11mins.

Aroma
Two elderly ladies out for a night of their lives, it’s a blast!
Directed by Damon Sylvester. 2004 – 3mins.
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Agricultural Report
A short comedy about the bliss of ignorance.
Director by Melina Padua and Produced by Barry O’Donoghue. 2004 – 2.5mins.

Bye Child
Ireland 1971. The height of the space age is celebrated on TV but in the home of one young woman lies a guilty secret. The secret once revealed shows the lunar distances some will travel beyond love.
Directed by Bernard MacLaverty. 2004 – 17mins.

Luka
Luka is a nine-year-old boy fascinated by anything that flies . On his way to do an errand he steps into a timeless world of misadventure in a moment of distraction.
Directed by Adrienne Michel – Long. 2004 – 3mins
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Fluent Dysphasia
When Murph wakes one day, mysteriously speaking perfect Irish – which he never could before – and having forgotten how to speak English, he looks for help wherever he can get it.
Directed by Daniel O’Hara. 2004 – 16mins.
Note this is an Irish language film – with English subtitles.

Dúisíonn Murph lá amháin ag labhairt i nGaeilge, l’ofacht nach raibh aige riamh cheana – ní cuimhin leis go raibh labhairt an Bhéarla aige. Tá cúnamh de dhíth air!

Oxygen
A charming story about Mary, an elderly woman who is full of life. Being dependant on an oxygen machine for her breathing does not prevent Mary from enjoying life. Her son and caretaker is none the wiser to Mary’s youthful habits.
Director: Peter Sheridan
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Recoil
In the aftermath of an atrocity, Peter, a paramilitary, is confounded by a detective’s questioning. An answer might offer a kind of redemption to both men but threatens to condemn Peter to a long prison sentence. Does he know the answer?
Directed by Billy McCannon. 2004 – 13mins
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God’s Early Work
The is the tale of how a bumbling young Lucifer; left out, alone and rejected, finally got a chance to leave his mark on the creation of life on Earth.
Directed by Rory Bresnihan. 2004 – 10mins.

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