Hugh Hamilton, a handsome young Londoner of Anglo-Irish descent, enjoys a life of travel, ease and pleasure. He doesn’t think too hard about the financial arrangements that makes this agreeable existence possible. But all that changes when his grandfather becomes too ill to run the family estate in Ireland and Hugh is dispatched to Connemara at the height of the Great Famine.
There, he comes to understand the scope of the distress endured by his family’s tenants and his own role in perpetuating it. The decisions he makes bring him into bitter conflict with the estate’s land agents and with his own callous and cash-strapped father. But they put him in touch with the heroic in himself and imbue his life with new meaning and consequence.
His growing love for Orla Cunningham, whom he meets in Ireland, is one cause for this transformation. But Orla is entangled in a web of her own, with a brother serving the British Crown in India, another involved in political violence, and a third under her care. The events of the story launch her on an epic journey to the tenements of New York’s Lower East Side and ignite in both Hugh and Orla an abiding love that forever changes their lives.
City of Dreams
Book and Lyrics by Maureen Foley
Music by Séamus Egan
City of Dreams, a stage musical, was inspired by the journey in 1914 of a young bare-knuckle boxer named Michael Conway from County Mayo, Ireland, to Butte, Montana, to work in one of the copper mines. Michael was the great uncle of the musical's composer, Séamus Egan.
Three years after arriving in Butte, Michael was dead at the hands of police officers, beaten at the behest of the local Sheriff for refusing to throw a crooked boxing match.
City of Dreams explores the plight of the immigrant, the solace and strain of ethnic communities, and the ways in which the brave and ambitious sacrifice themselves so that those who come later may thrive.
Celtic in tone and American in spirit, City of Dreams explodes with the vitality of a Rocky Mountain mining camp, crackling with the energy of the dawning American labor movement as the world hurtles toward the Irish Easter Rising and Would War I.
It's early December in gentrifying Brooklyn...
Residing at 124 St. Ambrose Place, Clinton Hill
HUNTER, 7, and HUDSON, 5, cared for primarily by JULIAN, a British musician and manny, and ALMA, the family's housekeeper.
Residing at 126 St. Ambrose Place, Clinton Hill
CIARAN, an Irish expat, his wife MADDY, a French blogger and retail entrepreneur, and their children ORLA, 6, and JAMEY, 5. Oh, and CIARAN’s visiting aunt, MARGARET.
Residing at 128 St. Ambrose Place, Clinton Hill
HENRY, family patriarch and longtime brownstone owner, his daughters ROSE and RUBY, his grandson, ELROY, 12, and granddaughter, LILY, 9.
Working at PS. 20. Clinton Hill
RADHIKA, a second grade teacher, SOFIA, the school nurse, and ANDREW, a Vermont-born art teacher.
Working at Hydrangea Bakery, Greenpoint
TESSA, the bakery's owner.
Add love, romance, heartbreak, longing, and a grade school Christmas/Kwanzaa/ Hanukkah/Solstice Pageant.
Home Before Dark
Winner: Grand Jury Prize for Best American Independent Film, Hamptons International Film Festival
Co-produced by Scout Productions
Starring Katharine Ross, Patricia Kalember, Brian Delate, and Stephanie Castellarin
"More essential than so much of what's on view today. [It] lets us look at ourselves with an acuity we'd love to recover for good."
Will Joyner, The New York Times
"Modest coming-of-age film packs a wallop because the crises in the life of its young protagonist turn out to really matter....a remarkable performance...a strong script with believable characters...pic works through understatement and an accumulation of small but telling moments...performances are all on the mark...adding to the film's pro polish."
Daniel Kimmel, Variety
"It's the extraordinary performance that Foley draws from [Stephanie] Castellarin that gives the film its vital center...For all its finesse and emotional veracity, Home Before Dark is above all generous as it revisits some keenly felt personal history and ties together its loose ends with love and empathy."
Jay Carr, The Boston Globe
Soundtrack by Séamus Egan
Music by Sam Amidon and Assembly
Co-produced by small angst films
A film about finding the path that sets you free, AMERICAN WAKE tells the parallel stories of a fireman and a musician, both discovering the difference between what’s expected of them and the men they really are.
Jack (Billy Smith) has fulfilled the dream of his late father, a Boston cop, by becoming a decorated firefighter. But now, in the aftermath of a blaze that claimed his closest friend in the squad, he is struggling to make sense of his life. And of his feelings for a beautiful young woman on a journey of her own.
Niall (Sam Amidon) is a accomplished fiddle player who is offered the chance of a lifetime: he can have everything his father ever wanted for him, if only he gives up everything he ever wanted for himself.
An “American wake” was a party, held on the eve of an Irish immigrant’s journey across the sea. Joyous and yet infused with the grief of a permanent parting, it marked the moment when one bid farewell forever to an old way of life, in order to make way for the new.
Based on the novel by Sebastian Stuart
Co-produced by Gary Ungar and Alec Baldwin
Twenty years ago, Charles Davis's first novel made him a literary legend. But his recent work has lacked its power or popularity. When his latest novel is savaged by reviewers, Charles is paralyzed by self-doubt, until fate hands him an unexpected muse.
Emma Barnes, a student in his writing class, is all a teacher could hope for: she's bright, ambitious, and talented. Charles forms an intimate bond with his brilliant young protégée. Setting aside his own work, he devotes himself to helping her finish and publish her first novel.
But who is really helping whom? At the end of this tale of deception, betrayal, and murder, the questions are even more pointed.
Who is the predator? And who is they prey?
For The Cure
Co-produced by Element Productions and Cronin & Company
Susan Goodwin Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1976, at the age of 36. Before she died, she made her sister, Nancy, promise to do everything she could to try to put an end to breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is how Nancy Brinker kept her promise.
The Komen Foundation’s “Race For The Cure” and other community-based initiatives raise funding for local programs and services. To foster and sponsor research on an international scale, the Foundation turns to corporate partners.
“For The Cure” tells the story of how a promise made and kept has brought hope and support to tens of thousands of breast cancer survivors and their families. And led to vital scientific breakthroughs in the effort to understand and eradicate the disease.