Irish Reels Film Festival celebrates Irish Week at Seattle Center

Seattle Center Armory: Loft Suite 3
All screenings FREE

Saturday, March 14th

The Irish Pub
The Irish Pub

The Irish Pub is a eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub, or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations, and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of The Irish Pub. Won "Best Feature Film" at the 2014 Bergenfield Film Festival. The Irish Pub has been called "A joy from start to finish....amongst a list of the best documentaries I have ever seen" (RTE), "delightful throughout" (Irish Times), and "heart-warming and touching, this will make you laugh while pulling at your heartstrings" (The Daily Update). Trailer.

Shorts Program

An Cat (13min): A bereaved man is harassed by his late wife's beloved pet cat.
Coda (19min): A lost soul stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things.
The Missing Scarf (7min): A black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: the fear of the unknown, of failure, of rejection, and of death.
The Last Days of Peter Bergman (20min): In the summer of 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in Sligo town. Over his final three days, he went to great lengths to ensure that no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.
Volkswagen Joe (30min): Northern Ireland, 1981. Faced with an impossible decision, a conflicted border-town mechanic is forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.

Natural Grace

natural grace

Natural Grace is an intimate portrait of the life and works of the biggest name in Irish traditional music, fiddler Martin Hayes. Following him over a 2-year period, the film recounts his travels across the world. The film journeys with him from his home in East Clare to the U.S. and Japan where he plays in informal and concert settings. Filmmaker Art Ó Briain reveals Hayes to be an eloquent champion of traditional and contemporary Irish music, and presents striking images of the Irish landscape as a backdrop to his exquisite music. A must-see for all lovers of Irish music. Winner of the Best Irish Feature Documentary Prize at the 2012 Galway Film Festival. Trailer.

Sunday, March 15th

One Ocean, No Limits

One Ocean

One Ocean: No Limits follows a young Irish novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing unassisted as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados. The documentary invites the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task. Ocean Rowing itself is an extreme sport and from an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back. At present, the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean is similar to the number of people who have been in space, pointing to the uniqueness of these rowers who not only successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but broke two world records while doing so – records that still stand to this day.

The Irish Pub - see description above

Shorts Program - see description above