Three Irish independent movies will be screening at the College of Charleston in celebration of the Festival of Ballycahill. Ballycahill is the celebration of the arts, crafts, and culture of the Emerald Isle. The festival takes its name from the Gaelic word for Charleston, Baile Chathail, or town of Charles. The celebration starts on March 12 and runs through St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
The first movie, Saviours, will be screening on March 14. Directed by Ross Whitaker and Liam Nolan, it’s a documentary about boxing trainer John McCormack of St. Saviours Boxing Club in Dublin, whose motto is “We can take 11-year-olds up to Olympic standard.”
On March 15, Lance Daly’s Kisses is about 13-year-old Dylan, who runs away from his abusive father to find his older brother who ran away two years before. His 11-year-old neighbor, Kylie, decides to run away with him. They end up in the center of Dublin, and they quickly learn just how dangerous yet thrilling the dark streets can be for two young runaways.
A Film with Me in It, showing on March 17, is a bleak comedy starring Mark Doherty as an out-of-work actor whose troubles only worsen when everyone around him starts dying in freak accidents. His friend, screenwriter Pierce (Dylan Moran) tries to help Mark by creating circumstances that seem more conceivable than reality.
All three movies will be screened in the College of Charleston’s Simons Center for the Arts, Room 309. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Virginia Tormey Friedman at (843) 953-8171 or go to ballycahillfestival.com.