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Dear Readers:

This month Greek Film returns to northern California with the 12th anniversary of the San Francisco Greek Film Festival (SFGFF), a program of the Modern Greek Studies Foundation. The festival has showcased hundreds of contemporary and classic Greek feature films and shorts as well as hosted several film producers. The following month, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) celebrates its ninth year as well. For more details, please see page 4.

Greek funnyman Angelo Tsarouchas’ latest documentary “A Night in Athens” is also slated to make its world premiere at the LAGFF. The 60-minute film promises to take you on a hilarious ride as Angelo shares many of the challenges he faced growing up Greek in the diaspora. His memorable performance in Athens, Greece before a sold-out audience is captured in this film. For more laughs and an insider’s view, see page 6.

Once again, we celebrate our tradition of sharing your special Easter greetings with our readers both in print and online at this month. On behalf of the Hellenic Journal Board of Directors and Staff we wish you and yours a very happy Easter. Christos Anesti!



Twelfth Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival, May 9, 11–17, 2015

The 12th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival opens on Saturday, May 9 running through Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero Street, in San Francisco. The SFGFF will showcase contemporary Greek feature films and shorts from established and up-an-coming directors from Greece or of Greek decent. Feature length films and shorts will be showcased each night, and all movies will have English subtitles. This year 34 films will be showcased with a special day devoted to 11 shorts on Saturday, May 9 starting at 11 a.m.       READ full STORY

Ninth Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, June 3–7, 2015

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. LAGFF’s 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. This year’s recipients include film writer Evan Spiliotopoulos and Kary Antholis, President of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming.       READ full STORY