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. Down. 

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.


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