Thursday, May 31, 2012

The 6th edition of Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2012 (LAGFF) kicks off today and will run until June 3, under the title Defeating the Crisis through the Viewfinder.

The festival opens with the world premiere of the film A Green Story [VIDEO] about the true tale of Van Vlahakis -a Greek immigrant who in the 60s arrived in America with only $22 in his pocket, soon to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the country, founder of Earth Friendly Products, a company trading in eco-friendly cleaning detergents.

"We love the upbeat message of the film, especially when Greeks are undergoing such financial strains at home," said Ersi Danou, LAGFF’s co-founder and artistic director.

The festival will showcase twenty-two narrative feature, short films and documentaries among them the U.S. premiere of Dad, Lenin and Freddy [VIDEO] directed by Rinio Dragasaki, Evris Papanikolas’s short film Just a Perfect Day [VIDEO] and Georgios Papaioannou’s comedy Super Demetrios.

There will also be a special tribute to director Theo Angelopoulos featuring a panel discussion moderated by Fred Linch and a screening of the film Ulysses’ Gaze. The festival concludes on June 3 with the presentation of the Orpheus Awards.