Emerald City is described as a dramatic movie about a hard-living crew of Irish construction workers in New York City who have reached the end of the line. Sharing more details about the film, Broderick wrote:
“Emerald City is a movie about a hard living crew of Irish construction workers in New York City. They are men in their late thirties/early forties who left Ireland in an era of closeted oppression and sectarian violence. They have spent their adult lives self-medicating against a past that continues to haunt them.
“The men are hard working, hard partying, likable rogues who are faced with the wreckage of a life spent dodging adult responsibility. As the movie progresses we see the cost of the lifestyle. They are no longer fresh faced boys. Consequences must be faced.”
Noting the film’s inspiration, Broderick explained:
“I worked construction for most of that time and wrote every chance I could get. I wrote plays, novels, short stories and poetry. I studied poetry for four years with poet laureate Billy Collins at Lehman College. He became my official mentor.
“Ironically the day that interview aired I was standing on the corner of 52nd and third ave in sub zero temperatures, covered in sheetrock dust, waiting on a delivery truck with more construction supplies to arrive. The truck pulled up to where I was standing with a couple of work mates and our delivery guy flung open the door yelling, ‘The poet laureate is on the radio…and he’s talking about you! He’s talking about you!’
“Such has been my life as a writer in New York City working as an Irish construction worker. I also struggled with alcoholism and addiction through two decades of that lifestyle. Then eight years ago, June 16 2007, I finally put down the bottle. Next month I will have eight years clean and sober. I documented those reckless years in my first memoir; Orangutan Random House 2009.”
“[Emerald City is] about my life… Sort of. And the men I worked with. It’s a movie that intends to finally honor the Irish working man in the US. It’s a movie that opens a window into a sub-culture that everyone seems to know about but few really understand.
“The truth is it has always amazed me that someone has not made this movie before now. But perhaps it’s because most of the men who really lived it, the men who really understand it, are either still living it, or they’re dead. I’ve lost many close friends over the years to that unforgiving lifestyle. So in their memory and in the memory of all the Irish who have helped build this town before me I am making this movie now.”
Those who fund the project will receive various rewards, including postcards ($25), Broderick’s memoir Orangutan ($50), movie posters ($100), and personally inscribed by Broderick ($125). All rewards are set to be delivered in November 2015.
Emerald City’s campaign is set to close on at the end of June.
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