My Irish Vacation 07.22.11

My Irish Vacation

Food Film Friday has been on vacation. I’m back and full of new films. I was away at the Galway Film Fleadh, 23rd annual film festival in the west coast of Ireland. I attended some masterclasses with screenwriter Gill Dennis and director David Mackenzie, as well as some traditional music sessions led by talented fiddle player Michael Chang (who is also a writer/director). While none of the films I saw were especially kid-friendly, I did get a chance to catch up with documentary filmmaker, Des Kilbane who screened his film “A Year in the Life of a School Garden” at last year’s festival.  We will be hosting this film exclusively on Parent Earth’s site in September so don’t forget to check back here after your summer vacation.  I’ll be sure to remind you when we’re in back-to-school mode.

As is often the case, I didn’t get to see as many films as I would like to, but I did enjoy the vast majority of the ones I saw. Two films by David Mackenzie were great discoveries and welcome new releases this year: Perfect Sense & You, Instead.

For Foodies: Perfect Sense
For Musicians: You, Instead
For U2 Fans: Man on the Train
For Historians: Blazing the Trail: the O’Kalems in Ireland
For Teachers: A Year in the Life of a School Garden
For Lovers: Beginners

“Perfect Sense” stars Ewan McGregor as a chef who despite the apocalyptic deterioration of the world through the five senses, continues to experiment with food and find new ways to crunch, crumble and find new sensations for the ears, eyes, mouth, taste and touch. It doesn’t hurt that the film includes a romantic through-line for date night.

“A Year in the Life of a School Garden” follows the activities of pupils and teachers at the Westside Organic Garden of Scoil Bhride National School near Galway over a 12-month period.  Producer & Director Des Kilbane’s interview will appear in mid-September, accompanying the release of the film exclusively here at


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