First Steps: Shorts Program 3

First Steps. It’s never easy to take that first step, the one that may change your life forever, but these films are filled with people who did just that, for love, for the environment, for a cause and for themselves.


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Fintan O’Toole and the Evolution of James Joyce as an Artist

Godfrey Jordan

Trieste, Italy was the creative hothouse in which James Joyce conceived “Ulysses,” the 20th century’s greatest novel: journalist Fintan O’Toole visits Trieste to assess the city’s influence on the masterpiece. 2024 Consulate of Ireland Award Nominee. 🎥 View Trailer


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Jo Halpin

Danny works as a porter in a bustling but understaffed hotel. Being the only porter, he must juggle multiple tasks alone, all needing immediate attention. Something was bound to go wrong! 🎥 View Trailer


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Tony Doyle

A young man finds out he might be a father after a one-night stand. 🎥 View Trailer


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Man of Arran

Paul Mc Cambridge

Man of Arran is a love letter to humanity from a wise man, an 82-year-old swimmer pushing himself to impossible lengths in communion with nature and with compassion for a friend’s grief. 🎥 View Trailer


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You Don’t Have To Be Good

Annie Ryan

A test. A result. A friend. And finding the courage to move forward with integrity.


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A Different View

Matthew Sclarandis, Marcella O’Connor

Isabel, a wildlife photographer who tracks big cats in Namibia, returns home to Ireland’s Reeks District in search of images that will inspire people to experience a different view of the natural world and our role in its conservation. 🎥 View Trailer


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A Little Chilli

Esosa Ighodaro

A story about food, rituals and connections and how we choose to honor those that are no longer with us and those that still are.


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Baby Steps

Hannah Mamalis

Em’s father gives her a tape entitled ‘How to Connect with your Unborn Child’, filled with loads of ideas. Then Em listens to a tape from her mom and finally understands.



Mar 4 '24, 12:00 AM — Mar 10 '24, 11:59 PM Central Standard Time (CST)



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YEAR: 2023
RUN TIME: 100 Minutes