Free and Open to the Public
Thursday, June 8 / 7:30 – 8:30 PM / RIGLER
GREEK CINEMA TODAY: LAGFF FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE
LAGFF filmmakers discuss film production in Greece. The challenges one has to face trying to make films in time of crisis, the filmmaking community that has been built and how important art is in the recent years where Greece is rebuilding its identity.
Friday, June 9 / 6:00 – 7:20 PM / SPIELBERG
THE NEW REALITY OF DISTRIBUTION: PANEL
Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Join us for an engaging panel where active film professionals discuss the latest trends in creative distribution. What audience potential does a film have, how can it reach it, what do the multiple platforms really offer, what are the challenges and opportunities of alternative distribution? Marketing and distribution strategist Missy Laney moderates the discussion.
Saturday, June 10 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM / SPIELBERG
CLIFFS OF FREEDOM: ACTOR’S PANEL
An intimate discussion with CLIFFS OF FREEDOM cast members reflecting on the creative, intellectual and logistical challenges for actors portraying characters inspired by historical events and personalities. CLIFFS OF FREEDOM is a love story set in the time of the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Empire, and it is the inaugural production of Aegean Entertainment’s Producer/Principal Marianne Metropoulos, and Executive Producer C. Dean Metropoulos.
Saturday, June 10 / 3:00 – 4:00 PM / SPIELBERG
OVERCOMING PRODUCTION & BUDGETARY OBSTACLES: CASE STUDY
Producer Casey Cannon and Exec. Producer/Line Producer Stephen Marinaccio will discuss their experience in facing production and budgetary challenges during the filming of CLIFFS OF FREEDOM. Filmmakers will be invited to ask questions regarding their upcoming projects.
Saturday, June 10 / 6:15 – 7:45 PM / SPIELBERG
TELLING ADULT FAIRYTALES: A MASTERCLASS WITH ELINA PSYKOU
a conversation led by Sundance Programmer Kim Yutami
Writer/Director Elina Psykou is here to discuss her cinematic journey of making SON OF SOFIA (2017) — a dark coming of age story of a Russian boy growing up with his adoptive father in the years preceding Greece’s recent turbulent history. The characters struggle to find themselves and their connection to others in a country that is about to collapse and compelled to redefine its own national identity. The film just won the Best International Narrative Feature Award at Tribeca FF, and it is LAGFF’s Closing Night film. In 2013, trade publication Variety singled Elina out as one of the “10 European Directors to Watch”. Her films are surprisingly odd and mesmerizing. She returns to LAGFF three years after her first feature, THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS (2013), which won the Opera Prima Special Jury Award. The conversation is led by Sundance Programmer Kim Yutani.