Join the East Hampton Library for a screening of “Rebel Rossa,” directed by Williams Cole. A Q/A with film director Williams Cole will follow after the film.
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Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was one of the most controversial figures in Irish history. A committed Republican, he created the concept of bombing campaigns against England in the 1800’s. His funeral in 1915 lit the fuse to revolution resulting in the rebellion of Easter 1916. Today he is still revered in Republican circles. Banished as an exile to the United States he continued to relentlessly campaign for Irish independence becoming an influential figure in Irish America. One hundred years after his death his great grandsons investigate Rossa’s legacy and their relationship to their infamous relative. Directed by Williams Rossa Cole, this journey explores Irish American identity as descendents of one of the most notorious and revered figures in Irish history. Filmed in the centenary year of O’Donovan Rossa’s death, the grandsons find themselves not only observers of their relative’s commemorations, but actual participants. With original music composed by James Fearnley of the Pogues.
Williams Rossa Cole (Producer, Director) Williams Cole has been producing, directing and editing documentary film for over 15 years. Feature-length credits include Sundance Film Festival premieres like Finding Fela! (2014), 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013), the HBO feature Gun Fight (produced with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple) and the documentary Giuliani Time. He just completed producing a film about the poet WS Merwin that aired on PBS and is co-directing a film about the legendary publisher Barney Rosset (www.barneyswall.com). Recently he filmed in places like Lebanon, Senegal, India, Thailand and Chile for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Dz100 Resilient Citiesdz initiative and has produced and directed over 60 short documentary profiles of authors for Open Road Integrated Media. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and a founder of the Brooklyn Rail (www.brooklynrail.org).