Top Prize for TDATK at Cleveland


10 days after The Drummer And The Keeper enjoyed the most spectacular of US premieres as the Cleveland International Film Festival’s gala opening night movie it was presented with the festival’s biggest prize.

Over 2500 people filled Cleveland’s historic Connor Palace to watch the first American screening of Nick’s debut feature film – and gave it two separate standing ovations, one at the end of the film itself and a second when Nick, producer Kate McColgan and one of the movie’s two stars Jacob McCarthy were welcomed on stage to participate in the post-show Q&A.

Following this ecstatic reception at CIFF, The Drummer And The Keeper – together with Nick, Kate, Jacob and its freshly-arrived other star Dermot Murphy – travelled to Los Angeles and New York for two more highly successful industry preview screenings promoted by Irish Screen America – such was the buzz in Los Angeles that over 100 people had to be turned away from the theatre.

It was while in New York for the second of these screenings that the team learned that at its closing night ceremony CIFF had awarded The Drummer And The Keeper the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Award for best film and a cheque for $15,000.

There will be further festival screenings of The Drummer And The Keeper this month, including Montreal (April 20), Helsinki (April 21) and Newport Beach (April 29) – plus many more to be announced shortly.


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