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Boston Irish Fest Unveils Lineup
22 Oct 2008 :
Boorman retrospective
The Magners Boston Irish Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with an expanded program of screenings celebrating the best of Ireland on screen - scheduled for 13 – 24 November.

A variety of features, documentaries and short films will screen including ‘Anton’, ‘Kings’, ‘Satellites and Meteorites’, ‘32A’, ‘Dambé – The Mali Project’ and ‘The Busker’, a Boston-based drama from writer/director Stephen Croke featuring Liam O’Maonlai. The festival will also feature a special tribute to Dubliner musician Ronnie Drew.

Documentaries to screen will include ‘Red’ directed by Mary Crumlish, ‘Chippers’ by Nino Tropiano and ‘Get Collins’ directed by Steve Carson. Sé Merry Doyle from Loopline Films’ latest documentary ‘John Henry Foley -¬ Sculptor of the Empire’ has also been shortlisted for the festival. The film tells the story of Foley’s worldwide fame for public statuary like the O’Connell Monument in Dublin, the Albert Memorial in London and Lord Outram in India and the sufferance his work went through after independence, most notably his equestrian statute of Lord Gough in the Phoenix Park.

In the shorts program, titles to screen are ‘Spaceman Three’, directed by actor Hugh O’Connor (Speed Dating), ‘An Ranger’, directed by PJ Dillon, ‘Atlantic’ by Conor Ferguson, ‘Martin’ by Seán Branigan, ‘Tart’ directed by Mairtin De Barra, 'Foireann Codladh' by Danann Breathnach and ‘Janey Mary’ by Paul Brady.

Among the lineup will be this year’s BIFF Award Winners: ‘Eden’ (Best Film); ‘At Home With the Clearys’ (Best Documentary); and ‘The Basket Case’ (Best Short Fiction). Bob Quinn’s ‘Vox Humana’ (Notes for a Small Opera) is the recipient of the Director’s Choice Award. Each of the award winning filmmakers will be on hand to introduce their films and answer questions from the audience.

This year’s Excellence Award honoree is director John Boorman with a week-long retrospective of his work that will culminate in a special Award Ceremony accompanying a screening of ‘The General’. The retrospective is the first of its kind in the United States and will feature a total of 12 of the director’s best-known films, including ‘Point Blank’, ‘Hell in the Pacific’, ‘Deliverance’, ‘Leo the Last’, ‘Excalibur’ and ‘Hope and Glory.’

All films will screen at the Harvard Film Archive and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Boston Irish Film Festival (BIFF) was founded in 1999 by Emerson College professors Jim Lane and Peter Flynn. In 2003 the festival launched the annual BIFF Awards, honoring filmmakers in three categories: Feature, Documentary and Short Fiction/Animation. For this years festival Dawn Morrissey is the Festival Producer and Peter Flynn is the Festival Director.

Full details on the festival can be found online at www.irishfilmfestival.com.

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