“Third Annual Irish-American Movie Hooley” Preview-Third Hooley to screen 3 new films

From "The Young Offenders"; Photo courtesy of Vico Film
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 When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley.”

Barbara Scharres, program director of The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American radio personality Mike Houlihan announced their three selections for the upcoming third annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago to run September 29, 30th and October 1st 2017.

In “The Dunning Man”out of work and jilted by his girlfriend, Connor Ryan (Carpinello of “Gotham” and “The Mob Doctor”) returns to his native Atlantic City, tail between his legs, to manage the apartments he owns in a dumpy low-rise complex at the foot of a luxury casino. Based on Kevin Fortuna’s critically acclaimed short story collection, this comedy-drama plumbs the black-humorous depths of Connor’s existential despair when a harried single mother (Gardner) complains of noise, bringing the reluctant landlord face to face with his other freeloading tenants, including a high-living rapper with an active love life and a pair of sinister Chechen animal trainers moonlighting as gangsters. DCP digital. To run September 29th.

From “The Dunning Man”; Photo courtesy of Kevin Fortuna

Saturday night September 30th at 8PM, the Hooley will present the Chicago premiere of the award-winning “EMERALD CITY”, Colin Broderick’s keen portrayal of Irish emigrant construction gangs in New York that debuted at the London Irish Film Festival and most recently at the Belfast Film Festival and 2017 Manhattan Film Festival. New York Irish Arts called it “a cinematic gem that may speak for a generation.” The Ulster Herald called it “an emotional haymaker” and The Irish Echo said it delivers “colossal laughs and monumental heartbreak”. Writer, director and star of the film, Colin Broderick will attend the screening and discussion.

Sunday afternoon October 1st will host the big screen Chicago premiere of “THE YOUNG OFFENDERS “at 5PM, the hit comedy currently breaking box office records in Ireland and all over the world. The Guardian said, “An Irish buddy movie that has already set domestic box-office records, this tale of a pair of gloriously feckless 15-year-old aspiring drug dealers has a homegrown charm that is hard to resist.” Producer Julie Ryan will be in attendance for the screening and discussion afterwards.


Hooley producer Mike Houlihan says, “All 3 films bring their own cheeky spirit to the Hooley, and we’re thrilled with this trio of dazzlers to showcase our festival that weekend.”

Now in its 45th year of public programming., the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has presented world-class independent, international, and classic cinema. Renamed in honor of the late film critic in 2000, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances each year to over 65,000 film enthusiasts at its unique, sophisticated, modern facilities, which have been operating since June 2001 at 164 N. State Street in Chicago.

“We at the Gene Siskel Film Center are pleased to once again team up with Hibernian Transmedia presenting the latest and the best work by Irish and Irish American filmmakers.  The 2016 Irish American Movie Hooley played host to enthusiastic audiences eager to discuss the films.  It’s a great way to create community around the work and to provide a boost to emerging talent.  This is what our mission is all about.” said Siskel Program Director Barbara Scharres. Sponsors of The 3rd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley include 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey, The Hilton Chicago, McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, and The Emerald Loop Irish bar and grill around the corner from the Siskel Center at 216 North Wabash.

From “The Emerald City”; photo courtesy of Colin Broderick

For more information about the Movie Hooley, visit: http://moviehooley.org


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.


Tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets or through the individual films’ web links on www.siskelfilmcenter.org.


Discounted parking is available for $18 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.


The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.



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