The Irish Filmmaker Festival at Fairfield University

Fall 2015
All films will be held at 7 p.m. in the DiMenna Nyselius Multimedia room (lower level)
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, September 30
"Bloody Sunday” (2002)
Based on the 1972 banned civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland.  The march, inspired by the U.S. Civil Rights movement, erupted in violence when the British army opened fire on the 1500 Irish-Catholic unarmed protesters. Thirteen innocent civilians were killed, contributing to the culture of reprisal between the Ulster police force and the IRA. The historical docudrama was written and directed by Paul Greengrass. Dr. Robert Epstein, associate professor of English, will introduce the film. 

Wednesday, October 7
"A Vission: A Life of WB Yeats" (2014)
Producer and director Alan Gilsenan, Ireland’s foremost documentary filmmaker, has been invited back to Fairfield to screen his lasted film, “A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats” (2014). Gilsenan presented his “Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay” (2013) at last October’s “The Irish Filmmaker Festival at Fairfield University.”  The Yeats film is a biography of the Nobel laureate’s life and work told only through his own writings. It is an experimental film-poem and co-sponsored for the Irish Studies film series by the Irish Arts Center in New York City. 

Wednesday, October 21
“Calvary” (2014)
Directed by John Michael McDonagh and set in Sligo on Ireland’s west coast. The film stars Brendan Gleeson as the compassionate Father James, who is told in the confessional box that he will be murdered for the years of sexual abuse the confessor suffered as a child from another priest, now dead. Father James’s journey on his road to calvary as he engages with some unsavory locals, has the viewer guessing the identity of the revenge-seeker. Dr. William Abbott, associate professor of history, will present the film. 

Wednesday, October 28
"Gold” (2013)
A comedy directed by Niall Heery and starring David Wilmot as Ray, an estranged father trying to establish a relationship with his teenage daughter Abbie (Maisie Williams). Abbie’s stepfather Frank (James Nesbitt) is training her to become a star athlete, while all dopey Frank can do is cause chaos in the family. “Gold” won “best feature” at the 2015 Irish Film Festival, Boston. Prof. Marion White, English Dept., will be the presenter.

Sponsored, in part, by the Irish Arts Center and the Irish Film Institute
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Fall 2014

Four top producers and directors come from Ireland to present exclusive screenings of their recent films

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October 1, 2014
Producer/Director Kevin McCann's
The Boys of St. Columb's (2010)

October 8, 2014
Producer/director Lelia Doolan's 
Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (2011)

October 15, 2014
Producer/director Conor Montague's 
Who Needs Enemies: Houdini's Great Escape (2012)

October 22, 2014
Producer/director Alan Gilsenan's
Eliza Lynch: Queen of Paraguay (2013)

* Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided
All films will be shown on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room

This Film Series is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities, the Humanities Institue, the Irish Arts Center of New York, and the Irish Film Institute ‌

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  For more information, contact Dr. Nels Pearson


2013-2014 Irish Studies Events

The "Irish in Film" Series. Held Wednesday nights at the DiMenna-Nyselius LIbrary Multimedia Room at 7 p.m.

Spring 2014

1. April 2. On Another Man's Wound (2008)
Introduced by: Cormac O'Malley; Author, Editor, Lecturer

2. April 9. The Crying Game (1992)
Introduced by: Dr. Bob Epstein (English)

3. April 16. Michael Collins (1996)
Introduced by: Dr. William Abbott (History)

4. April 23. Breakfast on Pluto (2006)
Introduced by: Dr. Nels Pearson (Dir. Irish Studies) & Christina Wilson, special guest

Fall 2103

1. October 2. Young Cassidy (1965).

Presented by Dr. Nels Pearson, Director of Irish Studies

2. October 9. Angela's Ashes (1999).
Presented by Dr. William Abbott, History Department

3. October 16. In America (2002).
Presented by novelist Mary Pat Kelly and Screenwriter Naomi Sheridan

4. October 23. Disco Pigs (2001). 
Presented by Dr. Bob Epstein, English Department

Other Events:

An Evening With Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and poetry editor of The New Yorker. Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Stephen Rea, Dramatic readings from James Joyce's Ulysses
Wednesday, March 19, 2014. 7 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts: 203-254-4010 


For more information, contact Dr. Nels Pearson

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