Chicago’s 8th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley Returns for 2022


If you believe it, the city of Chicago has more citizens of Irish descent than Boston, myself among them. It means we know our whiskey and we know how to party. As the Irish say, when a party gets rowdy, they call it a “hooley”. The Windy City has two upcoming opportunities to have this kind of cinematic party with the 8th edition Hooley, American film of Irish origin.

Hibernian media presents three special film selections for their 8th annual Irish American film Hooley for consecutive weekends. The first round is organized by Lake Theater of Classic Cinemas location at Oak Park September 16-18. The program runs again from September 23-25 ​​at the charming Wilmette Theater at Wilmet. Tickets are available now at both event locations

Opening of the Hooley film on Friday, September 16e and Friday, September 23rd will be Extraordinary, who The New York Times titled “A Reluctant Ghostbuster in Ireland.” Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save Martin’s (also mostly sweet and lonely) daughter from a failed rock star who is using her in a satanic pact to rekindle her fame. Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward. and Will Forte in this supernatural comedyedy. The film will be screened at 8 p.m. on Friday evening in both cinemas and the public is invited to chat with the stars and filmmakers after each screening.

Saturday evening the 18e at the Lake Theater will present the 8 p.m. screening of the black comedy Redemption of a thief, Galway Film Fleadh’s winner Best Irish First Feature and Best Irish Film at its World Premiere. A bible, dark comedy about a prodigal son returning to his hometown to seek salvation for his sins. This is perhaps the story of Ireland’s most prodigal son of all time! Writer-director Philip Doherty will also join the Oak Park audience on opening night.

Finally on Sunday at 5 p.m., September 18e and 25ethe Hooley will present the Irish American documentary, The Kingbridge Boysfrom high school to Ground Zero, the uplifting story of how four lifelong friends from the same Bronx neighborhood experienced 911 at ground zero. The film depicts real-life stories, of four lifelong friends who found themselves on the same block of the World Trade Center the day terror struck New York. It tells firsthand what they saw, heard, felt and did that morning of September 11, 2001. Director Thom MacNamara will join the Oak Park audience for this premiere.

Celebrating its eighth year, the Movie Hooley presented audiences with the best of Irish and Irish American cinema, with opportunities to meet every writer, director or producer who brought their films to Chicago for the weekend, this year has the Hooley moving downtown venues to two suburban theaters that appreciate the old style and are rooted in their bustling neighborhoods. The Lake Theater and the Wilmette Theater embody these traits.

The annual Movie Hooley is presented by Hibernian Media, a local public charity dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish culture. Hibernian also produces a pair of weekly Irish American radio shows, their community blog FreeCraic.coman annual pilgrimage to Ireland and a variety of other films, TV shows and live concerts.

Sponsors of the 8th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley include The Hilton Chicago, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and local pubs lining each cinema. For more information on the movie Hooley, visit Facebook or their main website:


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