|Colm Meaney – star of ‘Parked’ – will appear at this year’s Craic|
How It’s New York: The Craic Festival is a film and music festival that was born in New York, and is a New York party
How It’s Irish: All of the films are Irish or Irish-American, ditto the music. The Festival was conceived over a few pints! Some films, like Parked, starring Colm Meany, are prize winners in Irish Film Festivals.
A version of this article was first published in Irish Examiner USA, February 21, 2012
The Craic Festival runs from March 8- 10.
“If you’re used to seeing him playing a macho heavy guy, this is a 180 degree turn. There are undertones that are bleak and dark, but you see from his performance that he’s about to turn it around, and that he wants to.”
“Ireland needed a champion in the 80s; it needed hope. Pedroza was the favorite, but Barry pulled it out and became the champion. I remember watching when he won. As an Irish-American, it was important to me. It felt like a victory for Irish people. It was fantastic.”
“I started meeting people in the East Village. I think it was fate; I happened to befriend actors, writers and artists from Ireland. The genesis of the idea came over a few pints.”
The films will be shown at Tribeca Cinemas; After-Parties and Music will be held there and at the Mercury Lounge. Check the Craic’s website for details. Warning: the “Horse Outside” video makes liberal use of the F-Bomb. But it’s hilarious.