By Shani R Friedman

How it’s New York: The 2nd Annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema takes place in Queens, which is one of the five boroughs in New York City.
How it’s Irish: There are narratives, documentaries and shorts from 25 countries including Ireland, the UK and Canada

All photos courtesy of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

This year, Ireland enters the festival for the first time with the short The Long Wet Grass (14 minutes, 2017). The film is directed by Justin Davey with original music by Academy Award Winner Markéta Irglová (Once) and based on “The McGowan Trilogy” by Séamus Scanlon. Scanlon, a Galway native, is a City College of New York librarian who wrote a 300-word piece of short fiction that won first prize in Fish Publishing’s Flash Fiction Prize international competition in 2011. Nancy Manocherian of The Cell Theater asked him to create what became three connected, one act plays and that production won multiple awards in the annual Origin’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival. The trilogy was just performed in Japan last month to sold out crowds.

The Long Wet Grass

Inspired by the true stories of The Disappeared, individuals murdered by the IRA in Northern Ireland over the course of 30 years during “The Troubles”. Grass takes place in County Mayo circa 1997. It centers on Victor (Paul Nugent), a man in black with a gun, and an unnamed, barefoot woman (Anna Nugent) who he has driven to a lake with her in the trunk of the car. They’re connected by both a shared past and a tragic present.

Paul Nugent and Anna Nugent during filming

The Long Wet Grass will have its Queens Premiere Thursday, Aug. 9th at 6pm at the UA Midway Stadium 9 in Forest Hills.

During its inaugural run in 2017, the KGFC screened 157 films from across the globe and was attended by over 3000 film movie fans. This year, In addition to films encompassing comedy, horror, animation, science fiction and more, there are panels, outdoor movies and other events to check out.

For tickets and information about the festival, which runs through August 12th, go to:  http://www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com/

 

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Shani R Friedman