Wednesday 18 July 2018

'Zero-budget' documentary 'The Irish Pub' makes waves in the US

'The Irish Pub' - Paul Gartlan, Gartlan's Pub, Kingscourt Co. Cavan
'The Irish Pub' - Paul Gartlan, Gartlan's Pub, Kingscourt Co. Cavan
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Alex Fegan's charming documentary 'The Irish Pub' has secured distribution in the US.

The film celebrates the Irish institution of the pub, or specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them.  It features characters from all over the country who run pubs that have been in their families for generations.

"It was made with a zero production budget by myself essentially travelling around the country and chatting to pub owners," explains Alex.

Despite the low budget the documentary garnered rave reviews from critics when it released in Ireland last year, and on October 24 it will be released in cinemas in North America.

"Recently we established our own distribution company, Snackbox Films, with the former general manager of Movies@ Dundrum, Garry Walsh," says Alex.

"The aim was to specialise in taking Irish films to North America and The Irish Pub seemed like a perfect test case. We showed the film to several independent cinema chains in the US and Canada and we were delighted that these believed in it enough to back it with a full theatrical release."

He adds, "I feel really happy for everyone involved. It is virtually impossible for a documentary to get a US cinema release so I think it's first and foremost a huge testament to the characters and pub owners who feature in the film.

"Already we have received fantastic feedback from people looking forward to discover what makes the Irish pub so unique. The Boston Globe will also host a screening the day before the release in Boston so I'm certain the Irish pubs there will be buzzing that night!"

Alex previously released Man Made Men, which he made for just €4000, and which scooped Best Foreign Feature at the Arizona International Film Festival.

Check out the trailer for 'The Irish Pub':

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