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Irish Screen America Unveil 2018 Feature Film Programme
25 Sep 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The feature film line-up for Irish Screen America’s 2018 programme, which will be rolled out in New York and Los Angeles in October, has been revealed.

Irish Screen America, which connects Irish media-makers with American audiences, just co-hosted multiple sell-out screenings at the New York premiere of ‘Black ‘47’, Ireland’s biggest box office film this year.

The bi-coastal film festival opens in three weeks on October 19th in New York, before moving cross-country, to screen more Irish films in Los Angeles on October 26th. The Los Angeles film screenings will form part of Ireland Week 2018 – a celebration of modern Irish creativity and innovation, set for a highly anticipated sophomore year.  

The New York leg of the festival will open with the NY premiere of ‘The Camino Voyage’, directed by Dónal Ó Céilleachair. An inspirational tale of endurance, the film documents a crew, including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason, who embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat they built themselves, on an inspiring and dangerous 2,500km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain, following the coastal routes of their ancestors. Another documentary playing at the New York festival is an award winning portrait of life after The Troubles in Northern Ireland. ‘A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot’ takes viewers inside the O’Donnell family’s story of adjustment to a post-conflict society, and the circumstances that would force Majella O’Donnell to bring her son to be shot.

The Los Angeles leg of the festival will open with a members-only gala screening of ‘Metal Heart’, the directorial debut of renowned Irish actor Hugh O’Conor (‘My Left Foot’, ‘Chocolat’). ‘Metal Heart’ is a coming-of-age dramedy about a self-conscious Goth Emma, and her beautiful, confident, twin sister Chantal. When their parents go away for the summer and the mysterious boy next door moves in, their sibling rivalry threatens to boil over.

Two other Irish features will play both NY and LA. The 2017 Irish Film and Television Academy Award-winning prison drama ‘Michael Inside’, about an impressionable eighteen-year-old who is caught holding drugs and given a three month sentence; and ‘Grace & Goliath’, a drama about a hotel maid who touches the heart of an egotistical Hollywood mogul, who has lost everything while shooting a film in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Screen America festival has also curated a selection of short film programmes, including shorts made in Ireland, and programmes of local shorts made by Irish filmmakers living in New York and LA.

Irish Screen America supports and guides Irish media-makers by showcasing their work and fostering partnerships in the two largest cities for the entertainment industry in the U.S. As well as its annual, bi-coastal festival, the organization holds semi-regular film premieres, industry panels and networking events.

The Irish Screen America festival is sponsored by Screen Ireland, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Culture Ireland, Tourism Ireland, the Irish Film Institute and Aer Lingus.

Irish Screen America New York takes place from Friday 19th - Sunday 21st, October at NYU's Cantor Film Centre.

Irish Screen America Los Angeles takes place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October at locations across Los Angeles.

Click here for more info and how to purchase tickets




Opening Night Reception

Friday 19th October – Glucksman Ireland House – 5pm


The Camino Voyage

Friday 19th October – NYU Cantor Film Center – 7:30pm

Director Q+A with Dónal Ó Céilleachair


Michael Inside

Saturday 20th October – NYU Cantor Film Center – 7:30pm

Director Q+A with Frank Berry


Grace & Goliath

Sunday 21st October – NYU Cantor Film Center – 4pm


A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot

Sunday 21st October – NYU Cantor Film Center – 7pm

Director Q+A with Sinéad O’Shea




Opening Night Reception

Friday 26th October – Harmony Gold Theatre – 5pm


Metal Heart

Friday 26th October – Harmony Gold Theatre – 7:30pm

Director Q+A with Hugh O’Conor


Grace & Goliath

Saturday 27th October – Loyola Marymount University – 4pm


Michael Inside

Saturday 27th October – Loyola Marymount University – 8pm

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