Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Kilbanetown Comeback

Year: 2015
Country: IRELAND, USA
Run Time: 54 minutes

Kilbanetown Comeback
Kilbanetown Comeback
Kilbanetown Comeback
Kilbanetown Comeback
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In 2013 Des Kilbane chronicled the life of legendary Cleveland boxer and politician Johnny Kilbane in “A Fighting Heart.” Continuing his efforts to highlight his distant cousin’s legacy, Kilbane returns with another tribute, KILBANETOWN COMEBACK. This time around, he focuses on the city’s efforts to honor Johnny with a commissioned statue in the Battery Park area, now a popular arts distict and Johnny’s old neighborhood. He also reveals Cleveland’s rich history with statues, architechture, and art pieces, including the Free Stamp, the Fountain of Eternal Life, the Guardians of Traffic, and many more. The symbolism behind them tells a story about Cleveland and the great people who embody its resilient spirit. The job of creating a piece to commemorate Johnny’s great influence was fittingly given to Irish artist Rowan Gillespie. Rather than rely on old photos, Gillespie took a unique approach, using members of the Kilbane family as models to craft a three-piece sculpture portraying Johnny in various phases of his life. This documentary is an inspiring look at a city that has transformed itself, but without ever forgetting its roots. – E.F

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:15 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Sidebar
Film Is Art

Competition
Local Heroes Competition

Related Daily Postings
Round 2: Building a Lasting Legacy

Director
Des Kilbane

Des Kilbane is a documentary filmmaker from West Region, Ireland. In addition to directing, he has worked as a cameraman on such films as "The Gentleman Prizefighter," which was narrated by Liam Neeson.

Filmography
"A Fighting Heart" (2013) –37th CIFF, KILBANETOWN COMEBACK (2015)

Producers
Margaret Lynch, Des Kilbane, Orla Higgins

Screenwriting
Des Kilbane, Andrew Gallimore

Cinematography
Richard Walsh, Des Kilbane, Andy Smyth

Editing
Pete Higgins

Film Contact

Media Partner

Ohio Irish American News

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