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Emerald City

6:00pm: Saturday, Sept 30th

Director: Colin Broderick
Emerald City Running Time: 87mins
Year: 2016

Emerald City is Colin Broderick’s homage to the millions of working class Irish immigrants who have toiled in relative obscurity for the past three centuries, plying their skills to build the most remarkable skylines in the world. The film serves as both a testament to that lineage but more importantly as a way of marking what Broderick sees as a cultural shift away from Irish manual labor and the end of the Irish immigrant construction identity as we have come it know it. Pat Mack’s crew of lovable misfits may very well be the last of the Mohicans. These likable but no longer fresh -faced rogues, who left Ireland in an era of closeted oppression and sectarian violence, have spent their adult lives self-medicating in a foreign city. It's time for a change and someone in the crew might have just the right idea. Trailer

In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America

6:00pm: Sunday, Oct 1st

Director: Maurice Fitzpatrick
Running Time: 90mins
Atlantic Year: 2017

presented by John F. Keane, Honorary Consul of Ireland.
In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America recounts how John Hume harnessed the power and influence of the Irish American diaspora as part of a strategy to bring about a cessation of violence. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with an original musical score by Bill Whelan, the 90-minute film includes dramatic footage from the conflict in Northern Ireland (1968-1998), as well as interviews with Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, US Congressmen and Senators, Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major, and personal accounts from Bono, Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny, depicting Hume’s role as one of the architects of the historic peace process. At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation. Trailer

Mattress Men

2:00pm: Saturday, Sept 30th

Director: Colm Quinn
Running Time: 81mins
Mattress Men Year: 2016

In an attempt to save his struggling mattress business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentric online personality ‘Mattress Mick’ under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. Paul, burdened with debts and living with his family in inner city Dublin yearns to get a full time contract working with Mick. Using all his marketing savvy and entrepreneurial skills, Paul embarks on a mission to make Mattress Mick a viral sensation. Will Paul be successful in his endeavours? And will Mick finally overcome the challenges in their friendship and recognise the hard work and good intentions of his long-time friend? MATTRESS MEN is a bittersweet and moving tale of friendship and the struggles of two men that is sure to delight audiences everywhere.

Short Film Program I: GAZE on Tour

The GAZE On Tour 2017 Irish LGBT Shorts Program explores our Irish LGBT past, present and future, and portrays the wide spectrum of storytelling being produced in Ireland today. Reflecting upon the twenty-fifth anniversary of GAZE Film Festival, these films celebrate the strides that have been taken in LGBT representation on screen in such a short period of time.

4:00pm: Saturday, Sept 30th

Tuesday Night (14mins)
Director: Michael Healy
Tuesday Night is a dark comedy about the sensationalised media representation of trans people, and the burdens of local planning regulation.

Lily (22mins)
Short Film: Lily Director: Graham Cantwell
Lily tells the tale of an adolescent girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. In the wake of a violent and vicious homophobic attack, she is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.

The Condom Man (12mins)
Director: Cara Holmes
The Condom Man is the story of how Irish people fought the system, provided frontline and core services for haemophiliacs and other HIV/ AIDS patients, and ultimately saved lives.

3 Friends (22mins)
Director: Michael Moody Culpepper
Three Friends, based on a Colm Tóibín short story, follows Fergus, a pensive, young man, who is propelled on a powerful journey that begins at his mother’s funeral. His grief becomes a catalyst to reflect upon his life and relationships. Ultimately it is through death, joy , and sex that Fergus looks inside to define himself. Director in attendance.

I'm Roger Casement (12mins)
Director: Dearbhla Walsh
In a stunning visual and visceral artistic exploration, choreographed by Fearghus Ó Conchúir and directed by Dearbhla Walsh, I’m Roger Casement dances it’s way through the queer legacy of the Irish revolutionary. The film is a sensuous, poetic and moving evocation of a complex history seen in contemporary bodies.

Short Film Program II:

4:00pm: Sunday, Oct 1st

Gridlock Gridlock (19mins)
Director: Ian Hunt Duffy
Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

Change in the Weather (17mins)
Director: Muiris Crowley
Michael, a young man living in rural Ireland, struggles to adjust to a sudden change in his furtive lifestyle.

Second To None Second To None (8mins)
Director: Vincent Gallagher
Frederick Butterfield has always been runner up to his twin brother Herman. When Herman, the older by a mere minute, becomes the world's oldest man, Frederick finally sees an opportunity to be first place.

The Captors (16mins)
Director: Chris Baugh
The Captors is a crime thriller that follows a trio of kidnappers who are faced with an unexpected dilemma when their wealthy victim calls their bluff.

The Clockmaker's Dream (14mins)
Director: Cashell Horgan
A Clockmaker is entrusted to care for a world that runs like clockwork. But when his heart gets broken he rages against time itself only to discover that unless he finds a cure for a broken heart everything will end. The clockmaker tries desperately to find a cure in all matter of new creations.

Second To None

Five Stone of Lead (5mins)
Director: Jonny Madderson
A look at the fascinating and rarely-seen world of grassroots horse racing, where young jockeys race in silks on the beaches of Ireland's dramatic west coast, striving to one day make it as professionals.

A Break in the Clouds (19mins)
Director: Tristan Heanue
A contemporary drama that tells the story of a young couple struggling to adjust to life following the birth of their first child.

Song of Granite

2:00pm: Sunday, Oct 1st

Director: Pat Collins
Song of Granite Running Time: 104mins
Year: 2017

Ireland's Entry for Best Foreign Language Oscars 2018
SONG OF GRANITE revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney's devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.