The 4th Annual Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016 runs from Thursday, October 27 to Monday, October 31.
Festival Director Zeb Moore explained that the festival will screen over 55 Irish and International Shorts and Features, including the European premiere of Academy Award nominee Darrell Roodt’s ‘Treurgrond’. This year the festival has introduced a Sports documentary section and are screening Mike Tollan’s ‘Small Potatoes – who killed the USFL?’ on Monday the 31st of October, courtesy of Mandalay Sports Media. This documentary tells the story of two American Football team owners in the 1990s – including a certain Mr. Donald Trump.
Moore said “Richard Harris International Film Festival 2016 are delighted to host a live script reading of a new screenplay ‘Pirate Queen’ by Academy Award nominated Shane Connaughton, in association with De Warrenne Pictures, narrated by Stephen Rea and with some very special guests of international renown. This will be a unique and unmissable event”. Guests we can announce include Jared Harris and Fionnula Flanagan.
The festival includes many other events such as “An Acting Workshop with Award-Winning Director Terry McMahon” and “An Audience with Fionnula Flanagan” hosted by Gerry Stembridge.
Following a sold out concert at the National Concert Hall in September and appearance at the US Embassy’s Creative Minds series, 3 times Grammy award-winner Jimmy Webb will enthrall his audiences at Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, 29th October 2016.
The Festival are thrilled to have among their special guests this Elizabeth Harris Aitken, Richard’s first wife and her husband former Conservative Member of Parliament and author, Jonathan Aitken.
Journalist Joe Jackson will also perform his one-man show based on his interviews with Richard Harris. Entitled “Richard Harris – A Play in the making”, this show is based on over 30 hours of taped interviews. The show will get its first public reading, complete with “mostly new audio clips of and private, previously unseen video footage of Richard Harris”.
In a first for Irish festivals, the festival also announced the launch of a Video on Demand Platform at the launch that will complement the existing offline festival.
Commercial Director Rob Gill said, “In association with SHIFT72, a leading provider of VOD technology, the new platform is part of our commitment to supporting the independent filmmaking community by providing more opportunities for them to delight film-loving audiences, build a loyal following and monetise their film beyond the existing Festival window.”
Gill also stated that “Adding the VOD platform, live performance’s and Sports doc section are the first steps in our five-year plan towards building a multi-disciplinary festival with a side conference that is inspired by the success of SXSW in the US”.
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