Wednesday May 25, 2011 | 11:03 PM

American Irish Repertory Ensemble founders Tony and Susan Reilly, left and right, introduced filmmaker Jim Sharkey, center, to a full house at Lucid Stage in Portland this evening. We were all there to see the premiere of Jim's latest documentary film, "8 Weeks in March." The film follows the off-stage work that goes into producing the theater company's 2010 run of "Juno and the Paycock" and intersperses this material with footage shot during Jim's childhood in Ireland. Jim narrates the film and reflects on the similarities between mounting a theatrical production and the stages of life.

More than 75 people came out for the screening, which was also a benefit for AIRE. Before the showing, we enjoyed drinks and appetizers in the lobby.

Should you want to see "8 Weeks in March," Jim sells it and a number of other documentaries he's produced through his website. His focus is creative people and their work.

Be sure to pick up this weekend's May 29th edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and details from the party.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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