Silkie Lore at Milwaukee Film Fest
Milwaukee’s Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is co-hosting
noted Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore’s delightful Song of the Sea,
a tale of fairy tale of silkies, sea creatures who become human, and children.
Dates are Sept. 27 (Downer Theatre), Oct. 3 (Oriental Theatre) and Oct.
4 (Avalon Theatre). The movie is part of the "Rated K: For Kids" series.
In the movie, brother and sister Ben and Saoise are sent to the city
to work for their grandmother following the disappearance of their mother.
But, in a twist in which they need to survive, they must travel back to
their ancestral island home, the sea and the silkies.
Partnering with the ICHC are the Urban Ecology Center and Penfield’s
Children’s Center. For more about silkies, read the short story "In The
Green Grass of Ballyvaughan" by Terrence Coffman in this issue of The
Irish American Post.
Moore is an Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker, as well
as cofounder of Cartoon Saloon, an animation studio and production company,
based in Kilkenny, Ireland. His first two feature films, The Secret
of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014), were both nominated
for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Moore is from Newry, Co.
He has also illustrated two Irish language graphic novels, An Sclábhaí
(The Slave, 2001) and An Teachtaire (The Messenger, 2003),
telling the story of St. Patrick. Both were written by Colmán Ó
Raghallaigh, published in Ireland by Cló Mhaigh Eo. Moore has also
created a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of The Secret of Kells,
published in French as Brendan et le secret de Kells.