>New Film by Michalczyk Debuts Tonight at MFA

New Film by Michalczyk Debuts Tonight at MFA

A new film by Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) exploring the effects of 150 years of emigration trends on Irish culture will have its premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts tonight at 8 p.m.

"Celtic Waves: Irish Emigration," filmed on location in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, explores four time periods: the 1840s Famine; the turn of the 20th century; the volatile 1950s; and the "Celtic Tiger" period of the 1980s and 1990s, which saw Ireland attain economic prosperity.

"It also examines the socio-political, economic and psychological transformation of a culture," said Michalczyk, who will hold a discussion following the 54-minute film. "We hear from economists, historians and witnesses to the various trends of emigration."

Other members of the Boston College community who contributed to "Celtic Waves" include Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly, who provided music; Irish Music Librarian Elizabeth Sweeney, who was music consultant; and Adj. Asst. Prof. Charles Meyer (Fine Arts), who worked as the sound recordist. Paul Goudreau '88 served as associate producer and editor.

Brian O'Donovan, host of WGBH's "A Celtic Sojourn," serves as the film's narrator. Archival footage from RTE (Irish Television) and the National Archives in Washington, DC, among other sources, offers a strong, historical picture of an evolving Ireland, said Michalczyk.

"Celtic Waves" was funded by the Thomas Tracy Family Foundation, the Boston Foundation and Boston College. The screening is part of MFA series "New England Film Artists Present." Admission is $8 for MFA members, seniors, and students, $9 for all others. For more information, call the MFA box office at 617-369-3770.

-Kathleen Sullivan


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