Movie Hooley Tender

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Hibernian Media has announced their bid for their 8th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley, this year at the Classic Cinema Lake Theater in Oak Park September 16-18 and the Wilmette Theater in Wilmette September 23-25. is scheduled for September, 2022

“We are in search of the next John Ford, Ed Burns, Preston Sturges, John Huston or John Patrick Shanley, Irish-American filmmakers who embody Irish-American pride, bravery and legendary storytelling,” Hibernian Media said in a statement . “All work submitted should represent the best of the Irish and Irish-American experience on screen.

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“The Movie Hooley introduced audiences to the very best in Irish and Irish-American filmmaking, with an opportunity to meet every single writer, director or producer who has brought their films to Chicago for the weekend and are bringing their films direct to our audiences this year will be held at the Lake Theater in Oak Park and the Wilmette Théâtre in Wilmette.

Rick Kogan, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, said: “If your image of the Irish is trapped in some kind of playful, shamrock Danny Boy realm, prepare for the dark but altogether satisfying world that’s being opened up by the latest offerings of the… this year’s Irish-American film Hooley.”

“Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to visit for eligibility guidelines and to submit their films. The movies have grown in prominence every year and the 8th Annual Movie Hooley promises to be a bloody Hooley. The Annual Movie Hooley is presented by Hibernian Media, a public charity dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Irish culture. Hibernian also produces two weekly Irish-American radio programs, their community weblog, an annual pilgrimage to Ireland and a host of other film, television and live concerts.”

Mike Houlihan, founder of the festival said: “Once again we are having trouble finding Irish American films. We have a ton of great Irish films to choose from, but for some odd reason Irish-Americans don’t get it. This is the only Irish-American film festival in the world and yet these special filmmakers shy away from the film Hooley. Irish America is huge and we know Irish Americans make films but we have to see them before July 10th or we just have to show the best Irish films and of course there are great Irish American films, so wake up to Diaspora! Send me your films at

“We are waiving all submission fees on all submitted Irish-American films. So join us!”

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