Current & Upcoming Films
SF IRISH FILM FESTIVAL
San Francisco Irish Film Festival
Sept. 23 – 25, 2010 :: 7th Annual
The San Francisco Irish Film Festival (SFIFF) was founded in 2003. The festival presents the very best in contemporary Irish cinema, celebrating everything from features to documentaries to Irish language films (with English subtitles for those of us who didn’t spend a summer at a Gaeltacht). With the Irish short film rapidly becoming the dominant art from in Ireland, we hit the pub and celebrate with free pints of Magners Original Irish Cider during our annual Magners n’ Shorts night. A night not to be missed!
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
7:00PM: OPENING NIGHT PARTY PICARO 16TH AND VALENCIA
9:00pm A Film With Me In It
Murder, mayhem and a mounting body count. Dylan Moran, Mark Doherty are having a bad day. Mark (Mark Doherty) a struggling actor, has just been through the ordeal of yet another fruitless audition for a bit part in a movie. With his long-suffering girlfriend about to walk out and his landlord ready to evict him he’s only got his best mate Pierce (Dylan Moran) and their joint ambition of writing a career-breaking film to sustain him. Life’s not easy, but things are about to get worse…much worse, and then someone dies and things get really bad. Q & A with Writer and Actor MARK DOHERTY following the screening.
Friday, September 24, 2010
7:00PM: Magners & Short
Friday night brings back the ever-popular Magners & Shorts, where viewers can drink free Irish cider while watching the best of this year’s Irish short films. Moore Street Masala is Ireland’s first indigenous Bollywood style jaunt that packs 300 dancers in the city’s iconic Moore Street market. The Ballad of Kid Kanturk tells of a bog-gothic love-duel between aging singer Slim Mannion, reborn Rock’billy sensation Kid Kanturk, and the seductive rock’billy vamp caught between them.
9:00 PM: Awards Ceremony and One Hundred Mornings + Q & A
Friday’s second movie is the post-apocalyptic drama One Hundred Mornings, which has received the Slamdance Jury Special Mention, IFTA Cinematography, and Workbook Project Discovery & Distribution awards in 2010. The story follows two couples hiding out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis of a world falling apart. Facing dwindling resources and increasing danger, each person must make an unimaginable decision. Writer-director Conor Horgan will be at Saturday’s screening and says, “It’s said that you should write about what you know. You should also write about what scares you, and the world we show in One Hundred Mornings scares the hell out of me.” Filmmaker Q & A following the movie.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
5:00pm Meeting Room + filmmaker Q & A
Meeting Room shines a powerful spotlight on one of the most controversial eras in modern Dublin history. In early 1982, residents of Hardwicke Street called a meeting to address the epidemic of heroin use in the flats and the lack of action from the authorities to address the impending catastrophe. The concerned parents of the area decided to take matters into their own hands and soon had formed a group known as Concerned Parents Against Drugs (CPAD) to confront the dealers and drive them out of the neighborhoods. There will be a Q & A with director James Davis following the screening.
7:00PM: The Bass Player: A Song for Dad
The Bass Player: A Song for Dad screens on the same evening. Filmmaker (and SF Irish Film Festival Director) Niall McKay wrestles with his family’s unsettling past to overcome his fear of commitment. As Niall helps his elderly father Jim, a jazz bass player, return home to Ireland, father and son revisit Niall’s tumultuous childhood with an abusive, unpredictable mother and a musician father who was often on the road. The Bass Player was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Academy Award, and was the Critics Choice in The Irish Times, The Irish Sunday Independent, The Sunday Business Post, and the Sun. Filmmaker Q & A following the movie.
9:00pm: His & Hers
From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores a womans relationships with the men in her life—father, boyfriend, husband, son. Following sequentially from little girl to old woman, each character portrait is woven with the others into one perfectly crafted cinematic quilt. His & Hers is an enchanting and affectionate appreciation for woman in all her versatility. Award-winning short film director Ken Wardrop (Undressing My Mother, The Herd) has applied his signature style, marking an accomplished feature debut. His & Hers won the Audience award in the Dublin International Film Festival, The Feature Award in the Galway Film Fleadh, an IFTA for Best Feature Documentary and the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.