Welcome to the Seattle Irish Reels Film Festival 2016. Now in our nineteenth year we are delighted to bring you anotehr wonderful collection of refreshing and exciting new works in Irish cinema. Thanks to all who came out and joined us for our March Program at the Seattle Center. SAVE THE DATE: Join us OCT 7-9, 2016 for our 3-day fall festival at SIFF FILM CENTER.

Each year we partner with the Seattle International Film Festival to bring you more opportunities to see Irish film and connect with Irish filmmakers visiting Seattle. This year we are delighted to announce two screenings of The Queen of Ireland with FREE events for you to engage with the filmmakers and special guest, Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill).

The Queen of Ireland (82mins)

Director: Conor Horgan
Producer: Ailish Bracken, Katie Holly
Meet Pandora "Panti" Bliss: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit; a court jester whose role is to say the unsayable; a figurehead for LGBT rights in her home country of Ireland; and one of the world's great drag queens. The Queen of Ireland follows Panti's epic journey from growing up gay as Rory O'Neill in the small town of Ballinrobe to the birth of her drag persona in the clubs of Japan. Throughout this amazing cinematic portrait, Panti Bliss narrates her life and times with flamboyant humor and tender poignancy. Check out the Trailer. Tickets available through SIFF!

9:00PM THURS. JUNE 2nd.Meet and Greet with Filmmakers & Panti Bliss Gordon Biersch Brewery
After the 7:30pm screening on Thursday June 2nd, join the Irish Reels Film Festival and Irish Network Seattle for a meet and greet with Director Conor Horgan, Producer Katie Holly and Pandora "Panti" Bliss.

11:00AM SAT. JUNE 4th: Ireland says 'YES' to Equality SIFF Cinema Uptown
Before the 12:30pm screening on Saturday, June 4th at SIFF Cinema Uptown, come hear directly from the activists involved in Ireland’s Marriage Equality Referendum, with special guest Panti Bliss. Moderated by Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States, panelists will discuss how the referendum was created, communicated and passed, as well as reflect on the past 12 months and look ahead to Irish LGBT challenges in the future. Additionally, our panel will discuss LGBT rights and legislation in Seattle and the U.S.

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