Wednesday, June 4 2014

8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

As Greece is still grappling with the aftermath of an unprecedented crisis, the upheaval of Greek society is represented in much of the current Greek Cinema, leading its artists beyond the known and the safe. This year’s films reflect the continued search for answers and solutions while pointing out the absurdity of the status quo. Social, personal, identities, borders, morals, values, are all entities to be discussed, questioned and rediscovered. What makes this year’s programming even more special are two key trends that make their presence felt: The strong participation of female filmmakers whose works we are proud to include this year, and the many submissions of first time-directors; almost half of our films are by first-time-at-the-helm efforts of young filmmakers, illuminating the way to a brighter future.

Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 pm

Opening Night Presentation
Co-presented by Earth Friendly Products &
Kolovos Family, G. P. Kolovos & Associates

Director: Nick Cassavetes
Writer: Melissa K. Stack
Producer: Julie Yorn
Exec. Producers: Donald J. Lee Jr., Chuck Pacheco
Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, LBI Productions
Production Designer: Dan Davis
Cinematographer: Robert Fraisse
Editors: Jim Flynn, Alan Heim
Music: Aaron Zigman
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Don Johnson, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj
Print Source: 20th Century Fox

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

After-party Entertainment
Presented by West Coast Investors &
Gus Sverkos and Goodtime Events

Gus Sverkos will be spinning his tunes as LAGFF’s DJ-in-Residence on the Festival’s Opening and Closing Night parties for all to dance under the stars in the beautiful courtyard of the Egyptian Theater.

Gus Sverkos is a DJ, concert producer, and promoter. His unique style of blending various styles and genres of music has made him a sought after DJ throughout Southern California, the United States and abroad. Spinning at his own Greek Club Nights and special events, Sverkos has built his reputation on creativity, professionalism and bridging the American and Greek pop scene with jazz, ambient, and house music. Starting with his widely popular Greek Nights in the late-1990s, Sverkos has contributed to the return of the Greek concert to Los Angeles’ top venues such as the Nokia Theater. Artists he has staged concerts for include Dionisiou Brothers, Nikos Vertis, Glykeria, Thanos Petrelis and Antonis Remos. Gus is based in Long Beach, CA where he also runs his popular eatery, Kafe Neo in the heart of downtown Long Beach.

Preceded by live performance by Vassy

Vassy celebrates her individuality through her music. Whether it’s pop, rock, EDM, indie, dance, neo-soul or Billie-inspired jazz, she learned early on it was better to stand out rather than play it safe. Vassy is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and producer. You have heard her distinctive voice and talents on global adverts with sultry songs like “Desire” and the quirky “Wanna Fly” for Hilton Hotels, Chevrolet, Victoria’s Secret, Sketchers, Google and Diet Sprite to hit video games and TV shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Human Target, ‘Ugly Betty,’ ‘The Sims’ and FIFA 08. Vassy’s #1 hit, “We Are Young” has been featured in the trailer for Disney’s Oscar-winning film FROZEN. Vassy closed out 2013 with “Mad,” a Top 5 hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart, and scored a #1 Beatport club banger with Crazibiza called “Hustlin’.”

Exquisite Greek Wine Tasting
Presented by Old World Vines

In step with America’s growing wine culture, wines from Greece are experiencing newfound popularity led by consumers interested in indigenous grapes and unique experiences with truly authentic wines. As part of their June tour of California, Wines of Naoussa and Domaine Porto Carras are honored to share the rich tradition of Greek wines with the guests of the 2014 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Enjoy two Greek cultural contributions – drama and wine. Stin Ygeia Sas! The following wineries will be participating in Opening Night’s Wine Tasting. Winemakers will be there to talk about and pour the wine:

Domaine Porto Carras, Vaeni Naoussa Co-op, Kir-Yianni Estate, Foundi Estate, Thimiopoulos Vineyards, Estate Chrisohoou, Karydas Estate, Diamantakos Estate, Kelesidi’s Estate, Elinos SA, Kokkinos Stavros Vineyard, Melitzanis Winery, Dalamara Winery