Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival opens tomorrow with the "Other Woman" which we introduced in a recent entry. Now the real work begins. Tomorrow we will be attending the opening night Gala and will be reporting on the goings and comings for this Eighth Annual Greek Film Festival.
Enlightening, diverse and innovative! Is the theme which opens Wednesday, June 4, with Nick Cassavetes’ hit romantic comedy “The Other Woman.” The five days of screenings, red carpet events, receptions, and industry panels at the Closing Night Gala on Sunday, June 8, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will conclude the five day film fest with Yorgos Tsemberopoulos’ revenge drama “The Enemy Within”.
This year’s LAGFF welcomes 29 features, documentaries and short films to the program including 2 world premieres, 14 US premieres and 11 films presented to Los Angeles audiences that have not been shown in the city before. For the first time ever over a third of the programming is by women filmmakers.
The Opening Night event also includes a performance by Billboard chart topper and Australian singing sensation Vassy, a dinner reception and music and dancing outside under the stars.
The Pabst Brewing Company and Hostess Brands present Closing Night galas, Earth Friendly Products and G.P. Kolovos and Associates co-present Opening Night gala, with festival artist-in-residence Gus Sverkos and Goodtime Events providing the music on both nights. West Coast Investors presents the Opening Night after-party.
World Premieres include Yiannis V. Lapatas’ documentary”Passage Into History.” Passage follows as people from all over the world gather in Nemea, Greece, for the revival of the Nemean Games. They come to take a leap into the past, run in the Stadium, and be crowned with wild celery; and Konstantinos Mousoulis’ short romantic thriller “Birthday Surprise” about a wealthy criminal who returns home drunk on his birthday only to find an attractive young woman waiting for him as his present, or is she?...
Female filmmakers are well represented with several first feature bows including the Los Angeles premieres of Elina Psikou’s drama, winner 2014 first time director nod at 2014 Hellenic Film Academy, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas” (“I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva”); Greek filmmaker Christina Koutsospyrou and English filmmaker Aran Hughes first feature documentary hybrid “To The Wolf” (“Sto Lyko”) that shadows the life of two impoverished shepherd families in western Greece and their struggle to survive; and the US premiere of Alexandra Anthony’s emotionally intriguing documentary “Lost In the Bewilderness”, a twenty year journey following the abduction of her cousin at age five by his mother from Greece and the family’s odyssey to reconnect after he is found.
As we work it we will keep you updated on the latest happenings from podcast to vodcast we have it covered. It is independent cultural fests such as this innovative film showcase that is becoming the norm rather than the exception. We we talk of a global village it is not to difficult to imagine what it would be like. Just glimpse at the schedule below and you'll see what we are saying. See you at the Egyptian...oh and yes they do sell popcorn. Just don't spill any. Bad form.
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