Craic Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


How It’s New York:  It’s a project of the Craic Fest, led by Terence Mulligan.  Some of the filmmakers live in the New York area.

How It’s Irish:  The films are made by Irish Gay & Lesbian filmmakers.

The 1st annual Craic Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (CGLFF) is scheduled for Friday, June 24th at the IrishArts Center (553 W. 51st) during PRIDE week in Manhattan.

Being gay in Ireland has historically been difficult but all evidence shows that gay artists are thriving now.  In Silver Stars, the Brokentalkers Theatre Company presented stories of gay men coming out.  I wrote about it for the New York Times.   Lest you think the battle is over, note this comment (and this was just two years ago:

Other vignettes center on Irish-Americans including Robert Rygor of the protest group Act Up, and Brendan Fay, who started the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Queens as a counterpoint to celebrations that bar gays from marching.
That’s still true of many celebrations here.  So I’d be very curious to see what these contemporary filmmakers have to say!

Another Reason To Go:  there’s a reception before.  There’s a reception after.  Very Important People introduce.  Free drink!
The CGLFF is a 1 night festival of films by Irish Gay & Lesbian filmmakers based in the
New York City area well as award winning short films from Ireland as well. The program will be a combination of short documentaries and live action comedy shorts.
The evening will begin with a reception from 6:30-8:00pm. The films runs from
8:00-9:30pm. Complimentary Tullamore Dew at the reception
Special guests scheduled to attend are Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Councilman
Daniel Dromm  and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Presented by Tullamore Dew with additional support from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer & Councilman Daniel Dromm.
CGLFF will screen award winning short films from Ireland such as Dream Kitchen & Chicken (Galway Fleadh award winners). CGLFF is a free event (with a suggested donation at the door).
For further information contact 646-549-1349 or festival producer 917-805-3100
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