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Series compiled by:Lisa McLaughlin-Strassman and Juli C. Lasselle.

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< September 22 - 27, 2009 >>>

Los Angeles Irish Film Festival


An Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Presented in association with Irish Film Board and E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America)

The LAIFF celebrates the Irish passion for storytelling, a tradition that started around the hearth of every Irish household and has found its way onto the world stage through the medium of film. Coupled with the treasures of Ireland’s moviemaking past, LAIFF presents modern works as diverse as they are unique, creating a cinematic barometer for the cultural climate of Ireland in 2009. A moving new documentary about actor Gabriel Byrne and films about topics ranging from Ireland’s surfers (WAVERIDERS) to its transgender community (IDENTITIES) are just the beginning; this festival is broad enough to include animation (THE SECRET OF KELLS) and unique coming-of-age stories as well. All of these films introduce questions to be posed and truths to be sought -- so come and muse, debate, explore, celebrate and be entertained with us ... and bring an umbrella just in case!

The festival starts on September 23 at the Motion Picture Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theatre. For more information visit Check out the industry seminar on Friday afternoon.



Thursday, September 24 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature Gabriel Byrne In Person: GABRIEL BYRNE: STORIES FROM HOME, 2008, South Wind Blows/Harvest Films, 76 min., Dir. Pat Collins. A revealing look at the life and creative impulse of Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), one of the most respected actors of his generation. Using intimate interviews and extracts from his journals and diaries, this is an evocative and insightful film with universal appeal. Plus "Atlantic," (Ireland, 2008, 4 min.) Dir. Conor Ferguson. A quietly gripping tale of a lonely farmer and the potentially life-changing letter on its way from the woman who loved and left him many years ago.

PEACEFIRE, 2008, Goldcrest Independent/mayFLY Entertainment, 87 min. Dir. Macdara Vallely.  Colin (John Travers, SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY) is a joy-riding hood who couldn’t care less about the local political situation.  But a chance encounter with a ruthless detective (Gerry Doherty) turns him into an informer for the so-called forces of law and order and a target for retribution for his father’s old mates in the Irish Republican Army. "... (M)uch of its dramatic power comes from quiet, visually poetic moments." – Peter Brunette, The Hollywood Reporter. Trailer

Plus "Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty" (Ireland, 2008, 6 min.) Dir. Nicky Phelan. A seemingly sweet old lady loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter. Discussion between films with Gabriel Byrne.


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Friday, September 25 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: CHERRYBOMB, 2009, Little Film Company, 86 min. Dirs. Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn. Teenagers Luke, Malachy and Michelle embark on a wild weekend of drinking, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars. But what starts out as a game turns deadly serious when they discover they can’t get off the wild ride they’ve set in motion. With Rupert Grint (HARRY POTTER’s Ron Weasley), Robert Sheehan ("Young Blades," "Foreign Exchange"), Kimberley Nixon (EASY VIRTUE), James Nesbitt ("Cold Feet," "Murphy’s Law"). Plus "Call Me Son" (U.K., 2008, 11 min.) Dir. Louis McCullagh. When you’ve had more parents than birthdays, the last thing you want are two more. Trailer

IDENTITIES, 2008, Underground Films, 84 min. Dir. Vittoria Colonna Di Stigliano. Charting the multicolored, multicultural transgender community in Ireland, five stories give shape to the worlds of transvestism, transsexualism, drag, sexual identity and gender dysphoria. A film that forgoes stereotyping in favor of an empathetic look at the human spirit. Plus "Out of the Blue" (Ireland, 2008, 9 min.) Dir. Michael Lavelle. A lonely man’s life is suddenly transformed when he discovers an old TV floating in the sea.



Saturday, September 26 - 1:00 PM

Documentary Short Program: THE BOYS OF ST COLUMB’S (2009, 53 min.), Dir. Tom Collins. This documentary tells the story of some of Ireland’s most famous sons, including Seamus Heaney, Eamonn McCann and John Hume. Plus "Raise the Last Glass" (2009, 11 min.) Dirs. Lucy Kennedy, Lauren Kesner. When Waterford Crystal closed its main factory in January, its longtime workers staged a sit-in for almost two months to try to save their jobs. Plus "Guests of Another Nation" (1988, 28 min.), Dirs. Mark Stewart, John Fleming. Recently rediscovered, this 1988 film uses interviews to capture the alienation of young Irish emigrants in London in the late 1980s.

Saturday, September 26 - 4:00 PM
Family Matinee! THE SECRET OF KELLS, 2009, Buena Vista Films, 75 min. Dirs. Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey. Adventure, action and danger await 12-year-old Brendan, who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells in this acclaimed animated film. Featuring the voices of Brendan Gleeson (IN BRUGES) and Mick Lally ("Ballykissangel"). Winner of 2009 Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. "...the kind of movie where you want to keep stopping it to admire the many elaborate layers that nearly every frame is loaded with." – Jeremy W. Kaufman, Destroy All Podcasts DX. Join us at 3:00 PM at Every Picture Tells a Story for an hour of Irish storytelling. Trailer





Saturday, September 26 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature! Spotlight Screening: KISSES, 2008, Oscilloscope, 72 min. Director Lance Daly’s powerful film follows Kylie and Dylan, two 11-year-olds whose innocence is challenged on a daily basis. When both kids find themselves in danger of severe abuse at the hands of their elders, they run away to Dublin. Over the course of a long night in the city, the kids face various dangers and turn to each other for love, friendship and safety. "A modern-day romantic fairytale amidst a pitiless city backdrop, ‘Kisses’ heralds the coming of the next generation in Irish filmmakers in Daly." – Gavin Burke, "It’s always warm and engaging -- and terrifically played by its young leads." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. Trailer

WAVERIDERS, 2009, Inis Films, 80 min. Dir. Joel Conroy. Detailing the unlikely Irish roots of the worldwide surfing phenomenon, Conroy showcases the world-class surfing destinations off the northwest coast of Ireland. The story unfolds via the inspirational and ultimately tragic history of Irish/Hawaiian legendary waterman George Freeth, who was responsible for the rebirth of this sport of Hawaiian kings in the early 20th century. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. "...A documentary of universal appeal..." – Mike Sheridan, Plus "Countdown" (Ireland, 2008, 3 min.) Dir. David Tynan. Adapted from Adrian Wistreich’s poem "Countdown to Ecstasy," this short film follows Robbie and Sinead’s relationship in the months and the night leading up to Sinead’s overdose. Trailer




Sunday, September 27 - 5:00 PM
25th Anniversary of the Dun Laoghaire National Film School: IRISH SHORT FILMS, 60 min.
We celebrate the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology’s (IADT) 25th anniversary by showcasing the best work of its 25 years of graduates, including Kirsten Sheridan (AUGUST RUSH), Ken Wardrop (CONTAGIOUS), Ciaran Donnelly ("Cold Feet," "The Tudors"), Aisling Walsh (LITTLE BIRD), Declan McGrath (REIGN OF FIRE), Donal Nolan (WANTED, ANGELS & DEMONS) and James Mather ("Adam & Paul," "Prosperity").



Sunday, September 27 - 7:30 PM
Hugh Leonard Tribute:
DA, 1988, FilmDallas Pictures,102 min. Dir. Matt Clark. A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his "Da"). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father’s spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not. Barnard Hughes re-creates his stage role in the movie version of Hugh Leonard’s popular stage play. With Martin Sheen. Discussion following with Martin Sheen (schedule permitting). Reception following. Author Mary Pat Kelly will be signing her latest book, Galway Bay, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the theatre. Roger Ebert Review