Big screen goes green

The fifth annual Baton Rouge Irish Film Festival returns Friday and Saturday to the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Friday features seven short films, music and refreshments. Audience members may vote for their favorite short films at the end of night. Admission is $8.50.

Saturday features an Irish dance workshop and a performance by the McTeggart Dancers. Saturday films include A Bronx Dream, a documentary about children in the poorest school districts of the Bronx discovering Irish dancing and culture. The Na Cait Dubh Bagpipers will also perform.

Saturday’s feature films are The Secret of the Roan Inish, a film based in Irish and Orcadian folklore; Earthbound, a science-fiction comedy and The Guard, a comedy-crime-thriller. The documentary Blazing the Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland will also be shown.

Tickets for each of Saturday’s feature films are $8.50.

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux, 214 Third Street, will host an after-party following Saturday’s screenings. Music will be provided by the Wild Irish Roots.

On Sunday, the feature film Fortress will be screened free of charge at the Celtic Media Centre, 10000 Celtic Drive.

Phil Brady’s Bar and Grill, 4848 Government St., will host a pub night on Monday. The feature film Grabbers and an episode of Mrs. Brown’s Boys will be shown.

Irish Film Festival tickets are available from the Manship Theatre at (225) 344-0334.