Sunday June 11

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival


 

Sunday, June 11 | 12:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - LAST SONG TO XENITIA & TRUE BLUE: Sunday, June 11 | 12:00 PM | RIGLER

LAST SONG TO XENITIA
Greece/Canada/USA, 2017, 74 min, LA Premiere


Director/Producer: Athena Scotes
Executive Producers: Daniel Cross & Mila-Aung Thwin
Co-producer/Editor: Konstantia Kontaxis
Co-Producer: Tony Monolikakis
Cinematographer: Yannis Fotou, G.S.C.

103 year old folk poet Grandmother returns to Greece for her last journey to her homeland with her book of folk songs and a message of hope. Folk-poet Vasiliki left her homeland as a bride during the Great Depression in search of a better life in America. The Greeks call this Xenitia, meaning ‘to live as a stranger in a foreign land”. Nurtured and sustained over the years by an ancient oral tradition, she dictates from memory at the age of a hundred more than 340 songs and poems which are published in a book. At the age of 103 she returns to a Greece in crisis once again. She hopes that these songs can live on to inspire a new generation facing the same question whether to stay in their homeland or depart once more for Xenitia.

 

TRUE BLUE
Greece, 2016, 29 min, North American Premiere, Documentary


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Haris Raftogiannis
Producers: Fenia Cossovitsa, Viky Miha
Directors of Photography: Pantelis Mantzanas, Haris Raftogiannis
Editors: Haris Raftogiannis, Ioanna Poyatzi
Music Composer: the Velvoids

In a country on the verge of collapse, Girly and Stamatis, a Greek-American couple are enjoying life on the island of Ikaria, known as the place where “people forget to die.”

*2016 Thessaloniki International Film Festival
*2017 Chalkida National Documentary Festival – Best Short

 

Sunday, June 11 | 1:30 PM | SPIELBERG


Eventbrite - WITH THE HOES AND THE TERRARIUM FORKS: Sunday, June 11 | 1:30 PM | SPIELBERG

WITH THE HOES AND THE TERRARIUM FORKS (Me Ta Tsapia Ke Me Ta Thkelia)
Greece, 2016, 56 min, World Premiere, Documentary


Director: George Lagdaris
Screenwriter: Alexandros Kapaniaris
Producer: Antonios Laskos – Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora Pelion
Director of Photography: Tasos Nikolaou
Production Designer: Themis Hatzinikolakis
Editor: Athanasia Xafara
Music Composer: Andreas Katsigiannis
Principal Cast: Giannis Kapourniotis, Dimitris Daktylas

The people of the village of Zagora on the slopes of Mount Pelion, historically based their survival on farming, animal husbandry and trade. In 1916, they founded the Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora which prospered through the years, the first Agricultural Cooperative in Greece to celebrate a century of continuous operation. The film presents farmers of the past and present, the organization and evolution of a local community which develops cooperatively over the last 100 years and passes on this tradition from generation to generation.

 

Sunday, June 11 | 2:00 PM | RIGLER


Eventbrite - FROZEN AMBROSIA & SEEDS OF CHANGE: Sunday, June 11 | 2:00 PM | RIGLER

FROZEN AMBROSIA
Greece, 2016, 58 min, North American Premiere, Documentary


Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Director of Photography/Editor: Constantine Papanicolaou
Music Composer: Robert Ernest Hawes
Principal Cast: Mike Styllas, George Klaoudatos, George Rokas

When people think of Greece, few realize that the country has high mountains and a winter season, with skiing and snowboarding. Determined to change this perception, Greek-American filmmaker Constantine Papanicolaou sets out on an adventure to make a ski film that will show the magic of winter in Greece.

*2016 Athens Adventure Film Festival – Best Film
 

SEEDS OF CHANGE
USA, 2016, 3 min, World Premiere


Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Editor: James Chressanthis, ASC, GSC
Producer/Choreographer: Melanie Kareem
Music Composer: Naser Musa and Steve Wood
Principal Cast: Laura Cutler, Vanessa Frazier, Melanie Kareem, Diana Mathur, Rachel Moore, Dawn Marie Yurkovic

A dance meditation upon the nature of the feminine, sacred, sensual and ecstatic. Filmed in the mountains of Topanga in 8K with the prototype Panavision DXL camera.

 

SUNDAY June 11 CLOSING NIGHT & ORPHEUS AWARDS Schedule