Boston Irish Film Festival this Weekend

The Boston Irish Film Festival opened this week and continues through this weekend. I’m very fortunate to have 2 films I edited screening as part of the festival. Tomorrow, Saturday morning sees a screening of Sarah McCann’s film about Ocean Rowing
One Ocean: No Limits

ONE OCEAN: NO LIMITS follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing completely unassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados. It allows the audience to become part of a world record-breaking crew of six men, (2 English, 2 Irish, 1 Icelandic, 1 Maltese), on board the ocean rowing boat, the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task. Ocean Rowing itself is an extreme sport and from an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back.
This produced/directed/photographed and edited by Sarah McCann. I was the co-editor of the film.

Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan of True Films made the IFTA winning When Ali Came to Ireland and it screens at 1:30 on Saturday as part of the festival.

It tells the story of how Killorglin-born circus strongman and publican, Michael “Butty” Sugrue, who put up ¬£300,000 and persuaded Muhammad Ali to make his first visit to Ireland to fight against Alvin Lewis in Croke Park on 19 July 1972

Also screening during the festival is the US Version of Men at Lunch which I was also tangentially involved in.

Directed by Sean O’Cualain for Sonta Films. It was edited by Dathai Connaughton and photographed by Ray McDonnacha

Among a wide selection of shorts is Stauma produced by my good buddy Eamon Stack and The Daisy Chain directed by another old collegee mucker Denis Fitzpatrick

Irish Film New York is on this weekend

This weekend as part of the excellent Irish Film New York festival they are showing not one but two films I edited as part of their showcase of Irish work. King of the Travellers plays tomorrow at 4, followed immediately by When Ali Came to Ireland at 6. ‘Ali’ director Ross Whitaker and producer Aideen O’Sullivan are going to the event which is run by Niall McKay and in that company a weekend in New York would have been amazing but I just couldn’t make it happen.

The films are screening in NYU’s Cantor Film Centre on 8th Street. If you know anyone in New York, you should tell them to go as they will enjoy a great festival and see some quality films including the US premiere of Silence, Run & Jump and Made in Belfast.

here’s a great piece from the hollywood reporter on the festival

and another from Indiewire about the Irish New Wave

and here’s a clip from the Ali doc