Films

IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY RETURNS FOR 2024

  • In Search of Weeping Jim

    James Ambrose Kearns was born to James and Catherine Quinn Kearns on January 13, 1871, on the tiny inner island of Inishcuttle Kilmeena, County Mayo, Ireland. He emigrated to America in 1884 at the age of 13, becoming a lawyer in Chicago where he served as Alderman, Clerk of the Municipal Court and City Treasurer. He is considered “the father of the Chicago flag”.

    He earned the moniker “Weeping Jim” from colleagues who had watched him at wakes as he campaigned, always offering his condolences and compassion for the bereaved families. It worked.

    The story of Weeping Jim is the story of the Irish immigrant in America. They came, usually with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and with hard work, wit, and great faith, made their way until they were eventually ruling America.

    This film tells the story of one man from Mayo, but could be the quintessential story for the Irish Diaspora.

  • Our Irish Pub

    OUR IRISH PUB is a television program created, produced, and developed by Hibernian Transmedia starring international Irish fiddler Katie Grennan, as she invites the audience to join her for a visit to three of her favorite Irish pubs in Chicago; Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub at 400 North McClurg Ct., Chief O’Neill’s Irish Pub at 3471 North Elston, and The Galway Arms, 2442 North Clark Street.

  • Our Irish Cousins

    Irish American writer goes broke hustling his book, then finds his fortune in his Irish heritage.

  • Her Majesty Da’ Queen

    With a south side Irishman’s humor, Mike Houlihan presents a funny and thoughtful study of the process by which beautiful and talented Chicago girls are selected to be the St. Patrick’s Parade Queen and Court.
    Rooted in Chicago’s muscular labor culture, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade(s)- West Side, South Side and Downtown – is a tradition loved by all Chicagoans. The Plumbers Union took the flag and sponsors the parade in Chicago’s Loop every year since the late 1950’s.
    Houlihan talks to labor leaders, contestants and their families and most importantly the judges who determine which young woman will wear the emerald green cloak and the tiara.

  • Tapioca

    Nuts, a destitute and homeless street vendor, (Ben Vereen) zaps a cynical stand-up comedian with a mystical hex; sending the comic into the underworld of the homeless on a wacky odyssey of redemption. Pipes (Houlihan), an alcoholic jerk, insults Nuts upon their chance encounter resulting in Nuts suffering an apoplectic seizure from his abuse. Nuts vows revenge, putting a hex on Pipes, resulting in him losing everything he has, including his mind. TAPIOCA is a comic tale of redemption, a hilarious voyage into the lower depths of humanity with a powerful dose of social justice. Shot on the streets of Chicago, the film features many of the windy cities most revered comics, theatre actors and writers. Features a musical score by Ryan Cohan and cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Higgins.

  • Goin’ East on Ashland

    Ashland doesn’t go east, of course. In bartender’s slang: someone going east on Ashland is off his nut. With the set serving as a reminder of every youthful ideal he never pursued, Houlihan regales his audience with anecdotes and impersonations from a vividly remembered past. Sometimes aiming at the universal, Goin’ East on Ashland is best at its most literally parochial–when it brims with detailed references to the personalities and institutions of the parish that shaped Houlihan no matter how much he rebelled against it.