March 25, 2013

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Craig Prater, LAGFF Executive Director, FESTIVALOFESTS@aol.com, (760) 831-7349

LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL TO SCREEN ELIA KAZAN’S CLASSIC
“MAN ON A TIGHTROPE” APRIL 20

SUBMISSIONS FOR “PROJECT DISCOVERY FORUM” COMPETITION NOW OPEN

Los Angeles, CA (March 25, 2013) – As a prelude to its exciting 2013 Festival Season, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is hosting a special screening of Elia Kazan’s circus drama MAN ON A TIGHTROPE Saturday, April 20th, 6:00 PM at the 20th Century Fox Studio’s – The Little Theatre.

Elia Kazan directed this drama inspired by a true story. The film is about Karel Cernik (Fredric March), the leader of a troupe of Czechoslovakian circus performers. When the country falls under communist rule, Cernik finds that he is no longer free to operate his circus as he sees fit. He decides that he can take no more and begins making plans to escape to Bavaria during an upcoming tour. Cernik’s plans hit a snag, however, when he learns that one of his performers is a spy for the Czech communists, working in collusion with government factotum Fesker (Adolphe Menjou). The Birnbach Circus troupe, along with a variety of other European carnival performers, appear as themselves in the film, lending the performances a keen authenticity. The screening of MAN ON A TIGHTROPE is part of this year’s Festival’s Tribute to Elia Kazan, which will include more events during the Festival.

Tickets for this classic 1953 feature starring Frederic March, Terry Moore and Gloria Grahame must be purchased in advance online at http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/899412.html.

In addition, to the advance screening, LAGFF is also announcing the inclusion of its PROJECT DISCOVERY FORUM competition in this year’s festival, sponsored by Pabst Brewing Company and the Metropoulos Family. The Forum consists of the presentation of 5 – feature fiction film projects, selected from all the submissions. A professional panel will critique and judge each project’s 10-minute, in-person presentation by the filmmakers themselves. The winning project will receive the $1,000 Aegean Award – sponsored by the Metropoulos Family.

Submissions for Project Discovery are now open through April 20, 2013, to all filmmakers of Greek and Balkan descent, as well as international filmmakers who wish to make a film in Greece or with a Greek theme. More information may be found online at http://lagff.org.The LAGFF PROJECT DISCOVERY FORUM will be presented as an industry program within the seventh edition of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, which will run June 6-9 at the Writers Guild Theatre (135 So. Doheny, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

BOX OFFICE for LAGFF is now open for Gold Pass Membership purchases online at http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/899412.html through June 4. Gold Pass Membership includes attendance at the Opening night screening and reception as well as an exclusive invitation to the closing night Orpheus Awards Gala, plus all-access and priority seating to all screenings and events.

ABOUT LAGFF

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Our foremost goal is to promote Greek Cinema and cultural exchange while bridging the gap between Greek filmmakers and Hollywood. Orpheus Awards are given to the most outstanding new films in the dramatic, documentary and short film categories.

Now in our seventh year, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is witnessing a new wave of Greek Cinema emerging from an irreverent generation of young filmmakers who insist on breaking ties with past trends and seeing things in their own unique way. The results are impressive and include recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance Film Festivals. Our place as a center for Greek filmmakers from around the world is taking on new significance as we assume an active role not only in reflecting the blossoming of Greek Cinema but also in promoting modern Greek culture by highlighting its hidden treasures and roots.

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

The 2013 Los Angles Greek Film Festival is grateful for the support of numerous key sponsors, including:

Gold Patron Pabst Brewing Company and the Metropoulos Family

We are very proud to once again welcome the Pabst Brewing Company and the Metropoulos Family as a Gold Patron of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2013. Pabst Brewing Company is an award-winning American company that was founded in 1844. It brews over two-dozen brands of beer, including the much-loved Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR). The Company supports several community events and worthy organizations. This year, it presents LAGFF’s INDUSTRY PROGRAMS, including the PROJECT DISCOVERY FORUM.

LAGFF also welcomes the return of our Bronze Patrons, which include Hollywood Foreign Press Association and West Coast Investors.

For more information contact:
Beve Regas/Kallista PR & Marketing
b.regas@kallistapr.com