Before the first feature JUMP, a short film will screen:
"Coward" (27 min). "We are particularly thrilled to present as a curtain-raiser the premiere of David Roddham's new short 'Coward,' which stars McCann as a young Irish infantryman in 1915 having to navigate the horrors of World War I and the reflexive class-cruelty of the British officers ordering him into battle. He is an actor capable of communicating a rare wealth of empathy and irony, without words. Thriftily filmed, yet brought off with epic production value, 'Coward' focuses with an emotional intensity worthy of Kubrick's PATHS OF GLORY on the lethal bigotries at work in the trenches. We are also given a deep, emotionally layered, beautifully drawn relationship between McCann and his vulnerable cousin who have grown up like brothers but are marooned in this corner of hell. In the space of 27 minutes we can understand without having to be told just why Ireland rebelled against English rule in 1916. 'Coward' is so new that it only came to my attention and that of the Irish Fest a week and a half ago. Deep thanks are due to Lisa McLaughlin and Deborah Kolar in making room for it, and to the American Cinematheque for making the Herculean effort of scheduling it last-minute. (Thanks too, to patient ticket-buyers hopeful to see the originally scheduled short, 'The Shore.' It will be showing later.) I was bowled over to discover 'Coward,' and cannot recommend it strongly enough. Enjoy!" - F.X. Feeney, Film Critic (LA Weekly, KPPC Radio)
Before the second feature LET THE PEOPLE SING, a second short film will screen:
"The Shore" (2011, 29 min). Terry George's 2012 Oscar winner for Best Live-Action Short Film follows Joe (Ciaran Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) as their friendship is shattered by the troubles in North Ireland, and reunite 25 years later.