Event: Garden State Film Festival celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Shorts
The Atlantic City Free Public Library and Garden State Film Festival will mark St. Patrick‚Äôs Day by viewing and discussing short Irish films. The event takes place in the Carnegie Library Center in the New Jersey city beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.
Each film is approximately 15 minutes long. The program will feature three films that were shown at previous GSFF events: The Wednesdays, Gone Fishing and Bye Bye Now. GSFF Vice President Harriet Diamond will lead the discussion.
Gone Fishing is a British film that tells the touching story of a boy and old man coming to terms with bereavement through their shared love of fishing, and the legend of Goliath, the biggest pike ever caught!
Sometimes, when you're in the autumn of your days, you'll try anything just to put a smile on your face again. And so in this funny, sad (and sometimes wobbly) tale we meet two pensioners who manage to re-ignite the love they'd almost forgotten about. Unfortunately, soon the law comes knocking at their door...
Bye Bye Now! is an amusing, poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone box which has gone from the center of society to the verge of extinction. We Irish are known for the having the gift of the gab. As a nation we love to talk, But until the 1980s most houses in Ireland were without telephones. Until this time, the humble phone box was our chosen method of instant communication. It was at the heart of our lives. Now, however, the phone box is on the way out. First came the house phones, then the e-mails, then cell phones and texts - evolving technology which led the way for the demise of the phone box. This short documentary intertwines wonderful anecdotes with the warmest of characters as they recount their memories of the small concrete structure that was so important in rural Ireland Bye Bye Now! is a bitter sweet tribute to the phone box, a historical document and a barometer of how much we've changed with the times.