11 February, 2010
Later this month, 'The Liberties' will screen in NYC. Areaman Productions' documentary film on the historic Dublin neighbourhood known as 'The Liberties', has been chosen to screen as part of the Irish Arts Center Film Series, Spring 2010.
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s historic “Hell’s Kitchen”, the Irish Arts Center is one of the largest Irish cultural organizations in the United States. In December 2009, the Irish government announced that it was to immediately grant $3.5 million (€2.3 million) towards construction of a new Irish Arts Center. Ireland’s contribution is one part of a funding jigsaw which also includes a $12 million site (€8.37 million) and an almost $8 million (€5.6 million) capital grant from the City of New York.
The Irish Arts Center has a rich heritage. Since 1972, the Center has offered a cultural home away from home for such cultural luminaries as Robert Ballagh, Marie Jones, Jimmy Murphy, Mark O’Rowe, Ronnie Drew, Mike Hanrahan, The Chieftains, The Nualas, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Terry George, Eamon O’Doherty, Donal O’Kelly, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Milo O’Shea, Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and many, many more.
Directed by Tom Burke and Shane Hogan, 'The Liberties' is the film equivalent of a portrait gallery, a series of twelve beautifully crafted short films, each focusing on a different character in Dublin’s south inner-city: the man who raised seven daughters in a two bedroom flat; the stone sculptor set to retire after sixty years; evangelical church bingo; and the Oscar-winning actress who would live nowhere else.
The screening of 'The Liberties' will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm. Admission: $10 general sale/ $8 members. Free for Sponsor ($125) members and higher. To buy click here or call 212 868-4444. Further US screenings will be announced shortly. 'The Liberties' documentary can be purchased on DVD from: www.whereistheliberties.com