Mar 17 • 9M

Cause Cinema Spotlight

Ireland, Brooklyn & Planet Earth

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Jon Fitzgerald
Anchored by the concept of Filmmaking for Change, this podcast will include a combination of weekly social impact film and TV series recommendations (Cause Cinema Spotlight), with occasional showcases and collections, based on timely themes or cultural events.
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Welcome back to the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  3 projects.  Under 10 minutes.  

Today is March 17th.  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.  Yes, we’re going to bookend our picks with some Irish love.  And still being Women’s History Month, let’s kick things off with Brooklyn, which is anchored by a wonderful performance from Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. You can see on all the TVOD platforms. Get links and learn more here.

Next, we leave the 50s and head to the future, with a new series landing on AppleTV today.

In the near future, the effects of climate change have become embedded into people's everyday lives; eight interwoven stories explore the intimate, life-changing choices that must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population.  With a star-studded cast that includes Merryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Forrest Whitaker, Diane Lane, and Ed Norton, just to name a few, this project introduces some forward-thinking innovations, that don’t too far off the mark. See on AppleTV.

And finally, another film with some Irish flair, which many of you may not have seen.  Actually the FIRST MOVIE I saw at a film festival in Palm Springs.

Hear My Song
Nightclub owner Mickey O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar), a fast-talking charmer, has figured out a way to save his financial sinkhole of a business: book famous Irish tenor Josef Locke (William Hootkins) for a performance. There are several major problems, however -- Locke has been in exile for years and the man O'Neill has been in contact with is a con artist. O'Neill's reputation is destroyed, but, when the real Locke (Ned Beatty) shows up to perform, his luck may turn for the better. You can see on Amazon, GooglPlay and YouTube. Click here to learn more and get links.

And that’s a wrap for the Cause Cinema Spotlight.  Hope you enjoy this week’s picks, along with your favorite green drink of choice.

I’m Jon Fitzgerald (and yes I’m Irish) with Filmmaking for Change, and until next week, you take care.

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