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17th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival Opening Night

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

Advanced ticket purchase required.

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, which will feature a screening of Black Stone, and honor 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 in search of her son. But when he 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 this means discovering who her son really is.

Following the screening, we will be joined in discussion by the film’s director and by other members of the creative team. Film director Spiros Jacovides was born in London and studied Directing at Stavrakou College after having completed his Film Studies degree from the London College of Printing. In 1998 he became a guest student at the acclaimed German University of Berlin, DFFB. Since 2000, Jacovides worked as A.D. in various TV Commercials. Currently, he writes, produces, and directs TVCs, Web Ads, Short Docs, Corporate videos, and Video Clips. He has written and directed three short films. “Black Stone” is his first feature film.

For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, click here.

For directions and parking information, please visit our website.

This event is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

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