September 27 - October 1, 2012
LAIFF celebrates the Irish passion for storytelling, a tradition that started around the hearth of every Irish household and has found its voice internationally through the medium of film. Coupled with the treasures of Ireland’s moviemaking past, LAIFF presents modern works as diverse as they are unique, creating a cinematic barometer for the cultural climate of Ireland in 2012.
Kicking off the festival is a double feature of Kirsten Sheridan’s teen drama DOLLHOUSE, followed by Ian Fitzgibbon’s whimsical coming-of-age tale blending live action and animation, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO, with a discussion between films with Sheridan and actor Jack Reynor. Next up is a dark and delightfully subversive double feature of Ciaran Foy’s festival favorite CITADEL, about a single father’s nightmarish visions, and Terry McMahon’s controversial CHARLIE CASANOVA, about a man who tests fate after committing a hit-and-run. Also screening is BERNADETTE, Leila Doolan’s documentary portrait of political activist Bernadette Devlin, Kieron J. Walsh’s JUMP, about a number of colliding stories on New Year’s Eve, folk music doc LET THE PEOPLE SING, documentary veteran Robert Flaherty’s 1934 MAN OF ARAN followed by 1978's HOW THE MYTH WAS MADE: A STUDY OF ROBERT FLAHERTY'S MAN OF ARAN, and a shorts program!
Series compiled by Lisa McLaughlin and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Barbara Lerenard and Beth Hanna.
Also, check out lairishfilm.com for details on the Sea of Exchange exhibit! Artists from Ireland and Los Angeles take part in this exhibit focusing on the building of an Irish Currach by boatwright Donal McPolin. The boat will be built over the 5 days of the festival and launched on the closing day.