CHICAGO – There will be an Irish twist at Chicago’s Loop this weekend, as the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street screens the Irish-American film Hooley, produced by Hibernian Media Chairman Mike Houlihan. The three-day festivalâ¦ September 24-26, 2021â¦ hosts three Irish influenced films.
The Hooley will open on September 24 with the world premiere of Mike Houlihan’s charming personal documentary “In Search of Weeping Jim” (8pm), about the late Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns, who was the “Father of the Chicago Flag” “. On September 25, the Hooley will present the Chicago premiere of “A Bend in the River” (8pm) by filmmaker Colin Broderick. It is the story of a writer who returns to Ireland, after spending twenty-five years in New York, to face the ghosts of his past.
Producer Mike Houlihan (inset) of Irish American film Hooley
Photo credit: MikeHoulihan.com
On September 26, the Hooley will screen the US premiere of “Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day” (5pm). John Connors directs this sensitive and empathetic documentary that follows the journey of Jade McCann – popular on Instagram – and her father Anthony. For more details and ticket information, click on the link below.
The festival’s founder and producer is Mike Houlihan, who is a fixture on the Chicago entertainment scene as an actor, comedian, radio personality and filmmaker. In the 1990s, he did a one-man show called “Goin ‘East on Ashland” which lasted six years, and had a world premiere in 2000 with his play “Mickey Finn” at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. In 2009 he wrote and starred in the film âTapiocaâ. and released a documentary in 2013 called “Our Irish Cousins”. His documentary “In Search of Weeping Jim” opens the film Hooley.
In a Via Zoom interview with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Mike Houlihan talks about the Irish American film Hooleyâ¦