Irish Studies Sponsors Annual Film Series

Irish Studies Sponsors Annual Film Series

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

The Boston College Irish Studies Program this month will launch its fourth annual Irish Film Series, a program of contemporary Irish documentaries and feature films, some never before screened in the United States.

A scene from "In America," one of the entries in this year's Irish Film Series. The series will screen documentary films on the Boston College campus and feature films at the West Newton Cinema.
Screenings are scheduled through April 28, with documentaries being shown at BC and feature films at West Newton Cinema, the series' co-sponsor.

Two of the documentaries to be shown in this year's series feature Boston College ties. On April 28, Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts) will introduce his film on emigration, "Celtic Waves." BC graduate Tom Curran '86, an Emmy Award-winning cameraman, will present on April 14 his directorial debut, "Adrift," which explores how he and his siblings coped with the early death of their father, and the complex range of emotions they experienced in trying to live up to his expectations of success.

The other documentaries will be: "Sinners" (March 31), about the struggles of a young country girl who becomes pregnant and is sent to a convent with little hope of returning to the outside world; and "The Last Story Teller?" (April 7), based on the life and work of the late folklore collector Seán Ó hEochaidh and written and directed by Desmond Bell, who will be on hand to present the film.

A documentary on Liam O'Flaherty, author of The Informer and other acclaimed books, was postponed due to last week's blizzard and will be rescheduled.
All documentaries, which are free and open to the public, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Devlin 008.

A highlight of the feature film portion of the series will be a rare pre-release screening on April 13 of "In America," the new production by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, whose works include "My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father." Sheridan's daughter Kirsten will have her first feature film, "Disco Pigs" - a cult favorite in Ireland - screened as part of the series on March 16.

The shows at West Newton Cinema, located at 1296 Washington Street in West Newton, all begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8.75.

For the complete schedule and other information, visit the series' Web site at

"The Irish Studies Program has always considered film an integral part of Ireland's complex political and social culture, and a rich venue for its exploration," said Irish Studies Associate Director Robert Savage, the film series curator.

"We've screened more than 40 contemporary Irish and Irish-American films since the series began. This year's program once again includes a wide variety of films-many of which challenge stereotypes often associated with Ireland-and related discussions to foster appreciation of contemporary Irish culture."


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