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Barbara Scharres, program director of the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American News columnist and radio personality Mike Houlihan, announced their program for their second annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at the Film Center September 30 through October 2nd, 2016. Last year’s Hooley delighted Chicago’s Irish American community with a weekend of unique film premieres.

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey will present the 2nd Hooley, opening with the Chicago premiere of Kevin Baggott’s haunting, comic road movie, BENEATH DISHEVELED STARS, at 8PM Friday September 30th. Baggott’s mythical fable premiered in Ireland in 2014 at The Cork Indie Film Festival and has screened at festivals across the USA including the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival. STARS is a unique and funny odyssey, about an Irish American guy taking his mother’s ashes back to Ireland This screening will be followed immediately by an audience discussion with Baggott and followed by an opening night reception at the Emerald Loop Pub on Wabash.

Saturday night, October 1st at 8PM, the Hooley will present A DOCTOR’S SWORD, the incredible tale of a young doctor from West Cork, Aidan MacCarthy, who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of WWII, including the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home and now resides in MacCarthy’s bar in Castletownbere. This extraordinary film will make you proud to be Irish. Producer Bob Jackson will attend the screening and discussion.

Sunday afternoon October 2nd will host the Chicago Premiere of FIS NA FUISEOIGE/THE LARK’S VIEW at 5PM. One hundred years after the Easter Rising, FIS NA FUISEOIGE/THE LARK’S VIEW affirms the Irish connection to the land in mythology, history, and legend. The film combines gorgeous cinematography, soul-stirring music, and interviews with Ireland’s greatest living poets in Irish, with English subtitles. Director Aodh Ó Coileáin will attend the screening and discussion in person.

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