A screenplay that RTI represents. It placed well in the Nicholl competition. It stars Adam Beach and will be executive produced by Scott Rosenfelt. It would be amazing if Matt Damon or Ben Affleck were involved with this project in some way

by Michele Hogan

The story of Mercy Paul, a man who reluctantly plans to rob the rundown South Boston bar where he works to save his brother’s life. Meanwhile, Mara Kelly, the bar’s owner, has problems of her own – she pulled herself up from the projects of Southie to buy her bar, and is now fighting to keep it in the face of a divorce settlement awarding half its value to her ex. As Mercy helps her try to find the money to save the bar, they fall deeply in love. And when his brother’s condition worsens, he is forced to choose between the love of his life and his brother’s last, and most likely futile, chance for survival.

The story is set at a time when much of South Boston was closing ranks due to its deep involvement in funneling guns and money to the Irish Republican Army (IRA). As a result, outsiders were met with open hostility, even if they largely shared the community’s values, such as self-sacrifice and love of family.

“Kelly’s Bar” is set to reunite the team behind the award-winning “Smoke Signals”. Scott Rosenfelt (“Home Alone”) will produce, Chris Eyre is circling to direct, and Adam Beach (“Flags of our Fathers”) is confirmed to co-star.


“Kelly’s Bar” placed twice in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship: in the semifinal (top 1.7%) in 2009 and in the quarterfinal (top 5%) in 2010.

Marcia Nickerson (Mi’kmaq), chair of Toronto’s ImagineNative Film Festival, says “Kelly’s Bar” will appeal across demographics. Furthermore, Peyton Chisholm from Cape Breton University called the film’s premise “spot on” given Mi’kmaq history at that time.

“The core of the story is original and compelling. The cinematic language is very powerful, engaging, and searing. The insights into the Mi’kmaq characters, their family ties, and cultural values is captivating, and the interaction with the colorful, dominant South Boston-Irish culture is what makes this script original.” – story analyst, Telefilm Canada

“KELLY’S BAR roars with emotion and powerful characterizations. It is amazing because it allows us into a world of people in a place we’d never think to look.” – Sean Cardinalli, formerly with ICM

Chris Eyre