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In New York this Weekend

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Irish Screen America Showcase

The Irish Screen America showcase of contemporary Irish film, TV, web, games and animation is set to kick off in New York, following last week’s showcase in Los Angeles. Here’s a sneak preview of what audiences can expect over the next three days.

October 2

Cantor Film Center


In addition to the opening night party, audiences can see the new Irish thriller Traders. Starring Killian Scott (Love/Hate) and John Bradley (Game of Thrones), the film asks – what if it made sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Jobs are gone. Homes are being repossessed. Suicide rates are soaring. But Vernon Stynes might have the answer — Trading.

October 3

Gluckman Ireland House

2pm Award-winning director Cathy Brady will give a director’s master class at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House

Cantor Film Centre

4pm Screening of family feature A Christmas Star – born under the Christmas Star, Noelle believes she has the gift to perform miracles, so when conniving developer Mc Kerrod threatens her peaceful life she and her friends determine to use this gift to thwart his plans and save their village.

7pm New Talent Showcase featuring a selection of shorts, web-series and animations featuring new Irish actors, directors and writers – Cathy Brady, Liam Hallihan and Barry Keoghan.

8:10pm Screening of “Glassland”, following a young south Dublin cabdriver, John (Jack Reynor, Best actor for role at Sundance) who barely makes ends meet. He shares social housing with his mother, Jean (Toni Collette), an unwavering alcoholic who is systematically drinking herself to death. Hospitalized after another overdose, Jean’s best hope is a costly, private rehab clinic. Desperate and without money or insurance, John takes a shady job from the ambiguous criminal element he’s loosely connected to.

October 4

Cantor Film Centre

4pm Showcase featuring the work of local New York Irish talent and more. This will feature the work of Trevor Murphy and Laoisa Sexton, actor Dónall Ó Héalaí. The beyond refers to director/producer Hannah Quinn and writer/actress Liz Quinn who are working in Ireland. We will feature their film My Bonnie.

6pm A screening of “I Used To Live Here” which follows Amy, a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother and the reappearance of her father’s ex-girlfriend, who experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim. The film takes a fictional look at how the idea of suicide can spread in communities, particularly among young people.

8pm Screening of documentary “After The Dance”, a deeply personal film, by award-winning documentary maker Daisy Asquith, who unlocks a family secret that is still causing shame and outrage in an insulated village in County Clare, Ireland.