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Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Opening Night
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
17th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Opening Night
Hosted by the UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture
and Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF)
Saturday, June 3, 2023
at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater
5:00 p.m. Pre-reception
7:00 p.m. Film Screening & Tribute Award to George Pelecanos
Join us in kicking off the 17th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival! We are proud to co-host with the LAGFF the festival’s opening night, featuring a screening of Black Stone and honoring the novelist, screenwriter, film, and television producer George Pelecanos with the 2023 Honorary Orpheus Award. Pelecanos’ longtime collaborator, director, producer, and former HBO Executive, Kary Antholis, will present the Award.
While filming absent civil servants, a documentary crew stumbles upon Haroula, a desperate, overprotective Greek mother searching for her son. But when her son is accused of fraud, Haroula sets out with her other disabled son and a Greek-African taxi driver to bring him back home where he belongs, even if it means discovering who her son really is.
We are joined in discussion by the film’s director, Spiros Jacovides, actor and musician Kevin Zans Ansong, and members of the creative team.
Spiros Jacovides was born in London and studied Directing at Stavrakou College after completing his Film Studies degree from the London College of Printing. In 1998 he became a guest student of the acclaimed German University of Berlin, DFFB. Since 2000, Spiros worked as A.D. in various TV Commercials. Currently, he writes, produces, and directs TVCs, Web Ads, Short Docs, Corporate videos, and Video Clips. So far, he has written and directed three short films. “Black Stone” is his first feature film.
Born in the economically depressed Athenian district of Ambelokipi and growing up in and around the neglected Kipseli neighborhood, Kevin Zans Ansong (Black Morris) made his first tentative steps in the world of Greek rap next to the legendary MC ‘Taki Tsan’ and has since gone on to flesh out his unique and intuitive voice amongst the new breed in his hometown. He has resonated with those in the know up North as The Thessaloniki Hip Hop Festival chose “Black Morris” as their Best New Artist of the Year in 2014.
The event is produced by writer/director Fay Efrosini Lellios, a longtime collaborator of George Pelecanos and a friend of LAGFF.
$60 – General Admission
To purchase, visit https://www.lagff.org/event/lagff-2023-opening-night/
For more information about the festival, visit www.lagff.org
The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall on the UCLA campus, near the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Hilgard Ave. Address: 235 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095 + Google Map
- To save time, you may purchase your parking permit for $15 in advance using Bruin ePermit: https://bruinepermit.t2hosted.com/pnw2/selectValue.aspx. Select “UCLA Campus Event,” then “L.A. Greek Film Festival.” With the advanced parking permit, you can park anywhere in Parking Structure 3 (South building) EXCEPT in the Pay-by-Space section in the North building. For instructions on how to use this portal, please click here (only 1 permit allowed per email account).
- To purchase a permit upon your arrival, please park in the Pay-By-Space/Visitor Parking area in Parking Structure 3 North, and proceed to the Self-Service Pay Station machine to pay with exact cash amount or by credit card. Rates are $3 (for one hour) – $15 (all day).
- No parking attendants will be on-site at the parking structure, so please allow extra time for parking and walking to the theater.
- Accessible parking: If you have accessibility needs, you may park in the Pay-By-Space/Visitor Parking area of Parking Structure 3 North, and proceed to the Self-Service Pay Station kiosk to pay. Please visit our Campus Accessibility Map for additional parking options and related information.
- Drop off – Guests can be dropped off in the Macgowan Hall Turnaround, located east of the theater/building on Charles E. Young Dr E (see above map).
- For more information about Visitor Parking at UCLA, please visit this site
This event is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).