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‘Emerald City’ for Windy City

Colin Brokerick speaking during a panel discussion after the New York premiere screening of "Emerald City."

Colin Broderick’s “Emerald City” will get its Chicago debut at the 3rd Annual Irish-American Movie Hooley in the fall, it’s been announced. Writer-director Broderick’s portrayal of the lives of Irish emigrant construction workers in New York, which has been seen at the London Irish Film Festival, the Belfast Film Festival and 2017 Manhattan Film Festival, will get its Windy City screening the weekend of Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

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Barbara Scharres, program director of the Gene Siskel Film Center, and radio personality Mike Houlihan said that that Irish comedy hit “The Young Offenders” and “The Dunning Man,” which is adapted from Irish-American writer Kevin Fortuna’s short story, will also be shown.

Houlihan said, “All three films bring their own cheeky spirit to the Hooley, and we’re thrilled with this trio of dazzlers to showcase our festival that weekend.”

The Ulster Herald called “Emerald City” an “emotional haymaker” while the Irish Echo said it delivers “colossal laughs and monumental heartbreak.”

Writer, director and star Broderick will attend the post-screening discussion at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

About “The Young Offenders,” the Guardian said, “An Irish buddy movie that has already set domestic box-office records, this tale of a pair of gloriously feckless 15-year-old aspiring drug dealers has a homegrown charm that is hard to resist.”

Producer Julie Ryan will be in attendance for the screening and discussion afterwards.

“The Dunning Man” tells the tale of Irish-American lad Connor Ryan, who is out of a job and dumped by his girlfriend, he returns to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life. In

The screening will be followed immediately by audience discussion with writer/producer Fortuna and follow up with an opening night reception at The Emerald Loop Pub on Wabash.

Tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets or through the individual films’ web links on www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.