Los Angeles Greek Film Festival opens June 9th


2011 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival opens June 9th with red carpet at 6 PM in Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Festival screenings starts at 7 PM with showing RF, a short film by Stavros Liokalos, followed by PELICAN’S WATCH directed by Lea Binzer. Later same night and at 9 PM festival’s opening gala will be held.

June 9, 7 PM

Greece, 2010, 20 min, US Premiere
Director: Stavros Liokalos
Producer: Ekso Productions
One man simply trying to adjust his TV antenna sets off a chain of comic events that bring an entire apartment community together.

PELICAN’S WATCH (I Vardia tou Pelekanou)
Greece, 2011, 67 min, US Premiere
Director/Producer: Lea Binzer
A small community of elders on the island of Santorini is charged with the unique duty to preserve the traditions of vine-growing and winemaking in the face of changing times that threaten their ancient and world-renowned art
SANTORINI NIGHT featuring some of Greece’s top wines

Opening Night Gals
XIV (by Michael Mina), 8117 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (One block west of Laemmle’s Sunset 5)
LIVE MUSIC: The Ron Dziubla Group, featuring Louis Skoby and Martha Demitri Lewis

An evening with the Ron Dziubla Group brings Americana Blues to the Greek Rembetiko stage through a musical odyssey into the past, featuring Louis Skoby on bouzouki and visiting Greek-Cypriot singer Martha Demitri Lewis. In anticipation of the screening of MY SWEET CANARY on Friday, June 10, 7:15 p.m., Martha D. Lewis will sing a few songs by Roza Eskenazy. MY SWEET CANARY director Roy Sher will be in attendance.

Ron Dziubla: Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/composer is a world class musician who has toured, scored, and recorded with artists as diverse as rock and roll hall of fame member Duane Eddy, Ricky Martin, Royal Crown Revue, Los Straitjackets, and many more.

R.J. Ronquillo: Guitarist extraordinaire has toured and recorded with rock, pop, and R&B legends such as Ricky Martin, Stevie Wonder, and Santana, and has played the blues alone as Lonesome Joesph. Kevin Stevens: Drummer/percussionist of the highest caliber has appeared on tour, on TV, and in the studio with the likes of Shakira, Neon Neon, Minnie Driver, Miranda Lee Richards and his own band, Brass Monkey Brass Band. Louis Skoby: Bouzouki player of the finest authentic order since 1979, made appearances on NYPD Blue, Full House, and the Drew Carey show while bringing traditional Greek music to the Southland with Hellenic Sounds.

Festival sponsors: ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America) – John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation – 1821 Pictures and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consulate General of Greece.


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