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White Irish Drinkers
Directed by
John Gray

USA / 2010 / 109

US Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/01/2010, 9:45PM
Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
10/03/2010, 3:45PM
None would envy the lives of Danny and Brian Leary, brothers trapped in blue collar Brooklyn, circa 1975, in a family where brutality is the norm. Petty criminal Danny (Geoff Wigdor) takes the brunt of the punishment doled out by Patrick (Steven Lang), their tyrannical, alcoholic father, as long-suffering wife and mother Margaret (Karen Allen), stands by helplessly. Brian (Nick Thurston), afraid to reveal his talents, works for the hapless Whitey (Peter Riegert) at the nearly defunct Layfeyette movie theater. Shauna (Leslie Murphy), Brianís love interest, strikes the perfect note of rough-edged authenticity as she, too, struggles to escape. Alternately tender and violent and peppered with humor, this is smart and suspenseful storytelling where the ties that bind can also break a family, and childhood memories haunt and deceive. Writer-director John Gray skillfully turns tragedy to triumph with an ending bound to shock and surprise. Powerful, well-crafted and thoroughly engaging. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
John Gray was born in Brooklyn, NY and has worked extensively in film and television. Most recently he created the hit CBS television series "Ghost Whisperer," which just completed its fifth season.

Gray has written and directed many critically-acclaimed movies for television, including "Martin and Lewis" starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam, "The Hunley" starring Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland and the miniseries "Haven" starring Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft. He also wrote and directed his feature film debut "Billy Galvin" and directed the Warner Brothers features "Born to be Wild" and "The Glimmer Man."

Gray lives in New York with his wife Melissa Jo Peltier and daughter Caitlin.

Cast/Featuring: Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Nick Thurston, Geoff Wigdor, Leslie Murphy.
Producer(s): John Gray, Melissa Jo Peltier, Paul Bernard, James Scura
Director(s): John Gray
Screenwriter(s): John Gray
Cinematographer(s): Seamus Tierney
Editor(s): Neil Mandelberg, A.C.E.
Composer(s)/Music: Mark Snow
Sound Editor(s): G. Michael Graham


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