"Boys and Girl from County Clare" to Debut Annual Film Fleadh
by Brian Brooks
The seventh annual CRAIC Film Fleadh will open tomorrow night (Wednesday) in New York with "The Boys and Girl from County Clare," starring Andrea Corr, lead singer of The Corrs, and Colm Meaney, both of whom are expected to attend at the Loews 34th St. theater screening. The feature will launch the annual event which spotlights Irish and Irish-American fair March 2-5, including several New York premieres. Andrew McCarthy's directorial debut short, "News for the Church" will precede the film.
In other festival highlights, Friday night will feature "The Best of Shorts," including award-winning shorts (animated and live action) from both sides of the Atlantic. The lineup includes Irish language shorts "An Duil" and "Fluent Dysphasia," starring Stephen Rea. The film is director Daniel O'Hara's follow up to his short "Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom." Also slated is "Burning the Bed," which stars Aidan Gillen of HBO's "The Wire," as well as Brendan Muldowney's award winning short "The Ten Steps" among others. The after party will be at Slainte (304 Bowery) with live performance by Lancaster County Prison.
Documentary "The Battle of Bogside," screening on the final day of the festival, takes a look at both sides of the barricades during the seminal three-day riot in Derry City (Londonderry) Northern Ireland, which shaped the troubled province for the next 30 years. Feature "Omagh" will close the festival. The film highlights the struggle of a father who fights for the truth surrounding the August 1998 bombing in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
"We are positioning the festival as a pre-St. Patrick's Day event," said festival director Terence Mulligan in a statement. "It is wonderful to be able to showcase emerging and existing talent with a Celtic connection, and there's no better international stage to launch new talent like New York City."