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Joyce celebration to be enhanced by film festival

Published: June 9, 2005

Contributing Editor

The UB Humanities Institute will serve as principal sponsor of the First Annual Bloomsday Buffalo Film Festival, to be held Tuesday through June 16 in the Market Arcade Theatre, 639 Main St.

Additional sponsors are the Irish Classical Theatre Company; The Constance Stafford Trust; Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre; Kennedy, Stoeckl and Martin P.C.; and Patrick Martin Productions. Details concerning Bloomsday Buffalo and the film festival can be found at http://www.


Participants in the annual Bloomsday Buffalo Celebration, like those pictured above, this year can view several films on the life and works of novelist James Joyce that are being screened during the First Annual Bloomsday Buffalo Film Festival.

The three-day festival will includes six films, among them "Following James Joyce, Dublin to Buffalo," featuring the internationally recognized James Joyce Collection of the UB Libraries and Special Collections, as well as an interview with President John B. Simpson and UB Council member Victor Rice.

It also will feature three Buffalo premiers: "Silence, Exile and Cunning;" "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," a 1979 adaptation of Joyce's novel starring John Gielgud, and "Joyce to the World," a 2003 exploration of the world-wide celebration of Bloomsday on June 16, the date upon which Joyce set his masterpiece, "Ulysses."

The festival will be presented in conjunction with the eighth annual Bloomsday Buffalo Celebration, a five-hour marathon event to be held from 5-10 p.m. June 16 by Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC) and the UB Poetry Collection. During the presentation, dozens of readers—including several members of the UB faculty and staff—will present readings or performances of excerpts of "Ulysses"

The Bloomsday Buffalo Celebration is held annually in the ICTC's Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo, but this year, to accommodate the anticipated crowds, some events will take place in The Sphere Entertainment Complex next door at 681 Main St. The ICTC's founding director is Vincent O'Neill, UB associate professor of theatre and dance, and a distinguished regional director, producer and actor.

Single ticket admission to the festival is $5 for all Tuesday films and $8 ($5.50 seniors) for Wednesday and Thursday films.

The schedule for the Bloomsday Buffalo Film Festival:

Tuesday, June 14

  • 3:30 p.m.: "Silence, Exile and Cunning," 2004, directed by Sean O'Mordha for RTE (Radio Telefís Éireann/The Irish Film Board). 55 minutes.

  • 5 p.m.: "Imagining Ulysses," 2004, Blueprint Productions for RTE. Winner, Gold Hugo Award, Chicago Film Festival. With Martin Amis, Edna O'Brien. 90 minutes

  • 7 p.m.: "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," 1979, directed by Joseph Strick and starring John Gielgud, Bosco Hogan and T.P. McKenna. With introduction by Josephine Hogan and Vincent O'Neill, Irish Classical Theater. Acclaimed film based on Joyce's novel. 93 minutes

  • 9:15 p.m.: "Following James Joyce, Dublin to Buffalo," 2004, directed by Stacey Herbert and Patrick Martin. Filmed on location in Dublin, Paris, Trieste, Pola (Croatia), Zurich and Buffalo. 55 minutes.

  • 10:30 p.m.: "Joyce to the World," 2003, directed by Fritzi Horstman. With Fionnula Flanagan, Frank McCourt, Sen. David Norris and others. A celebration of Bloomsday around the world. 60 minutes

Wednesday, June 15

  • 3:30 p.m.: "Imagining Ulysses"

  • 5:30 p.m.: "Following James Joyce, Dublin to Buffalo"

  • 7 p.m.: "Bloom," 2004, directed by Sean Walsh and starring Academy Award nominee Stephen Rae as Leopold Bloom. With introduction by Laurence Shine. 113 minutes.

  • 9:45 p.m.: "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

Thursday, June 16

  • 3:30 p.m.: "Bloom"

  • 5:45 p.m.: "Imagining Ulysses"

  • 7:45 p.m.: "Following James Joyce"

  • 9 p.m.: "Joyce to the World"

  • 10:20 p.m.: "Silence, Exile and Cunning".