Chicago Irish Film Festival Offers A Kiss for Jed Wood

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Irish independent film A Kiss for Jed Wood will have its second North American screening Monday, March 5 2012 at the Chicago Irish Film Festival.

Lee Arenberg and Mark O'Halloran

Mike (Lee Arenberg) and Ray (Mark O'Halloran) lose the focus on Orla (Jayne Wisener).

I still get a buzz out of filming in New York City. It’s very exciting to film there, even on a guerrilla basis. Maybe even especially on a guerrilla basis.

ABC's Once Upon a Time star Lee Arenberg recalls his role as "Porno Pete," the American soundman working with an Irish film cameraman reduced to a celebrity reality show in A Kiss for Jed Wood (Ignition Films) showing Monday, March 5 at the Chicago Irish Film Festival.

"I always think of the Irish as the great storytellers of the world. Actors are also storytellers. So it was definitely going to be a pleasure to work on a film with my friend Barry Devlin from Dublin and also with director Maurice Linnane," Arenberg said. "This was the little story that could. I loved my part as Mike the sound guy. I was this big third wheel fitting into a slightly odd but universal love story."

A Kiss for Jed Wood, produced by Tim Palmer of Ignition Films, follows the journey of Irish reality TV show winner Orla Cassidy, (Jayne Wisener, Sweeney Todd) as she travels from Dublin to New York in pursuit of American superstar Jed Wood (Neal Bledsoe). Accompanied by Ray Timmons, (Mark O'Halloran, Adam and Eve) her reluctant cameraman and Mike the soundman they meet in America, Orla's story becomes fodder for morning radio show host Carter (Jay Thomas) on mythic New York station The Great 108.

Arenberg remembers the action on the set. "I still get a buzz out of filming in New York City. It’s very exciting to film there, even on a guerrilla basis. Maybe even especially on a guerrilla basis. We were stealing our shots in Times Square, appearing as our own extras, running from SAG."

"Making a film from a tiny budget, a great script, a great setting – nothing gets an actor more excited than that," he said.

Lee Arenberg achieved international recognition in his reoccurring role of Pintel in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. His career in television, stage and film spans two decades and his current role as Grumpy in the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time has garnered a new generation of fans. A Kiss for Jed Wood offered Arenberg a chance to expand his character skills in a major role.

"Being part of an international crew gave me the opportunity to experiment. Our director Maurice Linnane was a documentarian and a music video director, so I knew right away there would be a different take and a fresh way of approaching this project," Arenberg said. "It was an honor to work with Mark O'Halloran, who is an artist with a capital 'A.' And a pleasure to hang out with Jayne, who was a firecracker on the set."

The film's soundtrack of current Irish and American independent musicians, including Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Perkins, Jerry Fish, Lost Brothers, Villagers, Dr. Dog and more, reflect the film and television career of co-writer and director Maurice Linnane. Linnane began work as a video editor at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin Ireland, where he met and worked with film co-writer Barry Devlin on the U2 documentary The Making of All I Want Is You. Internationally, he has worked with musicians such as U2, Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Reba McEntire and Nora Jones.

A Kiss for Jed Wood has also been shown at the 2010 Galway Film Fleadh in July and at the 20th Anniversary Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in November. In May 2011, it debuted in North America at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

A Kiss for Jed Wood will screen at the Chicago Irish Film Festival on Monday, March 5 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets are $10 and are available online at the Film Festival site:
The film has been produced with the assistance of the Irish Film Board.

Further Information:

Ignition Films
Office: 011-353-1-2769665

Maurice Linnane
Office: 011-353-1-6535136
Cell: 011-353-86-2675005


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