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JUMP set to open the LA Irish Film Festival

14th Sep 2012
The Los Angeles Irish Film Festival (LAIFF) have announced a programme of film and culture and events for the 2012 Los Angeles Irish Film Festival later this month including the Opening Night Gala Film and U.S. premiere of JUMP directed by Kieron J. Walsh and Gary Kenneally's documentary, LET THE PEOPLE SING.  Highlights of the festival include Lelia Doolan's BERNADETTE: NOTES ON A POLITICAL JOURNEY and Kirsten Sheridan's teen drama DOLLHOUSE.

"We are thrilled to be presenting some notable premieres and we are honoured to be paying tribute to one of Ireland's most prominent cultural figures, Lelia Doolan," said Festival Director, Lisa McLaughlin, who was named Los Angeles 2012 Irish Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles.  

"We are also delighted to be celebrating the fifth year of the festival with some very special events such as our "Leading Liberators and the Maddest, Baddest & Most Dangerous Irish Women Anywhere!"  celebration in support of the Solas Galway Picture Palace in the West of Ireland co hosted by Fionnula Flanagan and cultural events including an art exhibition featuring artists from Ireland and a boat (currach) project by expert Irish artisans. A documentary will be made about the building of the currach." 

Following on from its critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, the modern fairytale JUMP follows four twenty-somethings who cross one another's paths on New Year's Eve in Derry.  The Opening Night Event, which will include a reception with live music by uilleann pipe player Brian Walsh and his band (Irish band in "Titanic"), is hosted by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. 

LAIFF will present the West Coast premieres of Kirsten Sheridan's DOLLHOUSE which explores a night in the life of a group of street teens from Dublin's inner city who break into a house in an upper class suburb; Ian Fitzgibbon's DEATH OF A SUPERHERO an honest portrayal of a teenage boy facing his own mortality blending live action and animation; Ciaran Foy's CITADEL about a man trapped by agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked, discovering he must finally face his demons and Terry McMahon's  CHARLIE CASANOVA all of which were funded by the Irish Film Board.

Directors Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova), Kieron Walsh (Jump), Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse), Leila Doolan (Bernadette:  Notes on a Political Journey), actors Jack Reynor (Dollhouse, What Richard Did) and Emmett Scanlan (Charlie Casanova) and producer Katie Holly (Jump) will attend the festival in support of their respective films.

Terry George's Oscar winning short The Shore will screen as part of a diverse programme of shorts which includes a number of films funded by the Irish Film Board including the Reality Bites short HOME TURF directed by Ross Whitaker, the Frameworks shorts THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE directed by Kealan O'Rourke, Conor Finnegan's FEAR OF FLYING and Tony Donoghue's IRISH FOLK FURNITURE, the Signatures short FOXES directed by Lorcan Finnegan and the Gearrscannain short ASAL directed by Tom Sullivan.

The LA Irish Film Festival will take place September 26th - October 1st .
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