New York, NY – Obama’s Irish Roots, is set to premiere at the 3rd Annual HamptonsBlack Film Festival Opening Night at BIG Cinemas 239 East 59th Street, Thursday, September 15, 2011.
The Red Carpet Gala has been prepared for nobility, politicians, and diplomats planning to attend the screening. In addition, to Hors d’oeuvre and the Red Carpet, there will be an exclusive after event at a private location.
OBAMA’S IRISH ROOTS SYNOPIS
Award winning Director, Producer and Screenwriter, Gabriel Murray, found President Barack Obama’s ancestral tomb in March 2010. The film takes us on a journey which explains the little known bloodline of United States President Barack Obama. The 44th American President has direct descendants in Ireland, from the Kearney family in Offaly, Dublin and Kilkenny. On May 23, 2011 President Obama visited Ireland 220 years after his first ancestor Thomas Kearney had immigrated to America. The film captures President Obama’s lost roots, in what he has described as part of “the patchwork of his family’s history.” A story of a multicultural union between the Irish and black community. The documentary was filmed in Ireland and America, tracing the 7,500 mile journey and the extraordinary history of a family struggle through many generations. There are interviews with Obama’s lost relatives both in Irelandand the USA, uncovering the fate of a family that had to battle to survive. Since 1972, no American presidential candidate has won the popular vote without also winning the Catholic Irish vote. To date there have been 29 Irish American Presidents within US history. In total there are 44 million Irish Americans, which make up 14.5% of the population. President Barack Obama’s visit to Irelandhas activated a powerful connection between his family’s Irish roots and the Irish American population. President Kennedy was voted in as US President based on the Irish vote. It is known to many as the ‘swing vote’. This has now become the new dimension of President Barack Obama’s presidency. While visiting Ireland, Murray captured President Obama drinking a pint of Guinness at the local pub.
Millions of Irish Americans have followed his journey home to Ireland. This historic moment is the cause many Americans now identify Obama as not just African‐American but also as having Irish roots. It is this vast voting population of Irish Americans who potentially could support President Barack Obama’s next presidential campaign for a second term.
Obama’s Irish Roots is described by Murray as “a smoking gun” and “the Pandora’s box” of American politics. Obama has reached out in his speech in Dublinto the spirit of the Irish and their heroic values. I think it is extremely valuable to present this film to a multicultural audience to provide information of how black and white people have been linked ‘romantically’ and also genetically. 30% of the black population in America has white ancestors.”
The Hamptons Black International Film Festival is an International Festival that showcases Diaspora films from various countries. “I am pleased to showcase this important film which is multi‐cultural and education from a heritage standpoint, which shows how we can have an appreciation for one another. I can relate as a black woman who is proud of my mixed heritage. I am appreciative that award winning Mr. Gabriel Murray of Irelandhad the passion and drive to document President Barack Obama. It is even more interesting and exciting that he even found the burial site of his great‐great‐great grandfather,” said multi‐media talent, and Festival Director Princess Angelique Monet. Princess Angelique Monet is also the films associate producer.
“Discovering ‘Obamas Lost Tomb’ in Kilkenny was a Da Vinci Code moment for me. It is the only tomb found on Obama’s ancestors in Ireland. An ancient tomb, a 400 year old map and a president’s lost Irish roots was my starting point, “said award winning producer, director Gabriel Murray. In addition to the festival, Obama’s Irish Roots will be screened during the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC on September 23rd. This year HBIFF introduces the HBIFF Screening Series, in which films will be screened in various US, and International Markets, “Screening in the HBIFF Film Series at congressional Black Caucus in DC is important to me as I have always been fascinated by black activists, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. The cultural history of the Irish / Black American community is an important one,” said Murray.
“Obama’s Irish Roots” will be screened the following dates.
Thursday: September 15, 2011 Big Cinemas, 239 East 59th Street Screening Time 7:30 pm
Saturday: September 17, 2011 Bay Street Theatre 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: September 18, 2011 Bay Street Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Hamptons Black International Film Festival is supported in part by Suffolk County Film Commission. The Festival is available on DISH Network, and Greta Joanne Entertainment. HBIFF Premiere Sponsor is The Grant Law Group. Festival Partners include: Brazilian LA Film Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Fame Hampton, and Hamptons Real Acquisitions. HBIFF welcomes corporate partners, strategic partnerships, and patrons/donors.
ABOUT GRETA JOANNE ENTERTAINMENT
Greta Joanne Entertainment is a multi‐media Production Company that Produces film, television and music content. Additionally, the company is a VOD/PPV aggregator for content. The company is owned by Princess Angelique Monet, a former Ms. Black South Carolina, the world’s only stage actress ventriloquist, part of a small select group of female channel owners, and she was recently appointed two titles of nobility, Princess and Duchess of Aquitaine, by the Duke of Aquitaine (a region in France).
The Hamptons Black International Film Festival is a not‐for profit 501(c) organization. HBIFF Foundation has built a platform designed to showcase and foster independent filmmakers who are of African descent; but not limited too. The Diaspora film festival showcases films from Brazil, Africa, Latin America, USA and Europeon a Global scale. As an addition to the HBIFF platform, this year we are introducing a traveling festival to showcase select films in the US, Paris, and other countries. These films are informative, enlightening, and entertaining to the community. HBIFF is dedicated to fostering talent and helping filmmakers connect with an expanding global industry. Through Princess Angelique Monet’s international platform to build self esteem among young people, she introduces Young People and the Arts. Various college freshmen will be recognized with awards, for their artistic achievement.