"After the Storm" and McPherson's "The Eclipse" to Screen in Woodstock

News   "After the Storm" and McPherson's "The Eclipse" to Screen in Woodstock
Two-time Tony-nominated playwright Conor McPherson's latest film, "The Eclipse," will be presented at the Woodstock Film Festival later this month.
Conor McPherson
Conor McPherson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The playwright of Shining City and The Seafarer directs his own screenplay, which is set at a literary festival in Ireland where a widower begins to see spectral visions and seeks support from a visiting female horror writer. The ghostly romance stars Aidan Quinn, Iben Hjejle and Ciairin Hinds. The Woodstock Film Festival will also screen the U.S. premiere of Richard Linklater’s film “Me and Orson Welles,” starring Zac Efron as Richard Samuels and Christian KcKay as Orson Welles.

The film, according to the festival, follows Samuels’ experience as he “is miraculously cast as Lucius in Welles' Mercury Theater production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar - the play that would catapult the twenty two year old Welles to Broadway and later Hollywood fame. Fast paced, funny and inspired, the film is based upon author Richard Kaplow's real life experience, and is a coming of age story set amidst the dramas of the theater, both on and off stage.”

Also screened at the festival will be "After the Storm," the new documentary that follows a group of New Orleans teenagers who unite with Broadway professionals (including director Gerry McIntyre) to stage a production of Once on This Island following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

The Woodstock Film Festival runs Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Woodstock, NY. Screening dates will be announced shortly. Tickets begin sale in person Sept. 5 at the Festival Box Office, located in the center of Woodstock, at 13 Rock City Road. Online sales begin Sept. 7.

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