A collection of contemporary short Irish narrative, documentary and animated films from both local and Irish filmmakers about contemporary Irish life, history and culture. 


This program includes (in alphabetical order):

The American Wake

dir: Kevin Quinn  (15min/Inis Mór, the Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland)

A young girl born and raised on Inis Mór must choose between staying in the home that she knows or starting a new life in America.

All In Good Time

dir: Bonnie Dempsey (13 minutes/Dublin, Ireland)

A comic fantasy about two children, one in 1918, the other in 2018, who magically communicate across time through messages in a bottle and help solve each other’s problems.

Men of Straw

dir: Matt Sullivan (20 minutes/Cork, Munster, Ireland)

The Straw boys are an centuries-old tradition in rural Ireland. They crash weddings and wakes to sing, dance and commit acts of buffoonery. This documentary follows the O' Sullivan family from County Kerry Ireland as they strive to continue the tradition. 

No Irish Need Apply

dir: William Fitzpatrick (7 minutes/USA)

A short film exposing anti Irish bigotry from the classified pages of Boston's daily newspapers, 1880 's - 1890's.


dir: Richard Keaney (18 minutes/Mayo & Dublin, Ireland)

When a young man drops out of college to care for his agoraphobic mother he too finds himself increasingly insulated from the outside world. The film was written & directed by Fight Back Films co-founder, Richard Keaney ('Late Arrivals'). Starring: Fiach Kunz ('Black 47') and Andrea Kelly ('Pure Mule').

That Old Feeling

dir: Sean Maher (15 minutes/Tipperary & Dublin, Ireland)

Daniel, a trumpet player whose best audience is his cows, must leave his rural surroundings to search for the uncle who inspired him, and the dream which eludes him.

We Built this City: NYC

dir: Bonnie Dempsey (12 minutes/New York City, NY, USA)

A short documentary exploring the incredible impact of Irish migrants on the building environment of New York City.

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