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Most people credit the Greek people for their Tzatziki sauce and philosophical teachings, but just as tasty and thoughtful are their stories. The upcoming Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) is showcasing these stories through Greek filmmakers from around the world. LMU film school undergraduate students Weiyi Ang (Production ’16), Madison Taylor (Screenwriting ’16), Janette Danielson (Screenwriting ’16), Matthew Pigott (Screenwriting ’16) and Matthew Keyes (Screenwriting ’18) were production and programming interns who had the opportunity to work with the LAGFF team under the direction of LMU Professor Katerina Zacharia.
Matthew Keyes, who goes by the name Gatsby, was initially introduced to Greek Culture through LMU’s First Year Experience with Professor Zacharia. He believes that the festival is different from others because “all the films touch on the same core values, and historical points. In a bigger, national film festival you can have movies about anything, from anywhere, with no common ties. With the Greek Film Festival, a majority of the films explore the new cultural landscape in a post-crisis Greece, and the reshaping of a cultural identity.”
Janette Danielson, Gatsby and Madison Taylor told us what films they were most excited to see.
Janette Danielson: The feature length film Xenia on closing night. It has a great mix of imaginative elements in it that are a surprise for the audience. I also think the shorts programs are going to be great.
Matthew “Gatsby” Keyes: I am most looking forward to a feature film called Norway. It was different to the others, in style and execution. It was refreshing, and entertaining. I am also looking forward to the documentary called Media, Louder Than My Thoughts, and the short film Noticed.
Madison Taylor: A documentary called Beneath the Olive Tree and a feature film called Xenia. Beneath the Olive Tree is a powerful story that has not really been told before about women’s experiences in the Greek Civil War.
The LA Greek Film Festival runs from June 3 to June 7 at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood. LMU students are admitted free (one ticket per student per screening); show your One Card at the box office to redeem this offer. Tickets for Opening and Closing nights are also available to LMU students at a reduced price. Click here for LAGFF schedule.
As we head into summer, the School of Film and Television congratulates all of our graduating students and also recognizes those students among the class of 2015 who were honored with various academic awards. Pat yourselves on the back…or let us do it for you! Go Lions!
SFTV Student Awards (faculty selected awards based on department criteria):
Animation: Michelle Singh
Recording Arts: Gavin Finn
Production Undergraduates: Jessica Inyene Akpan, Matthew Law-Phipps
Production Graduates: Elida Portillo, Irma Puzauskaite
Ian Connor Cinematography: Laura Jansen, Shanhuan Manton
Undergraduate Screenwriting: Jess Ansik, Samantha Ring
M.F.A. Feature Screenwriting: Danielle Ownbey
M.F.A. WPTV Screenwriting: Bernard Badion
2015 Student Service & Leadership Awards:
Maya Ben Yair (Production – B.A. 17)
Garrett Harris (Production – B.A. ’15)
Trent Nakamura (Recording Arts – B.A. ’15)
Student Organization of the Year Award: Delta Kappa Alpha – Cinematic Artists of Character
Woody Woodpecker Award (faculty selected annual award for the Best Animator – winner receives a a Woody Woodpecker statuette and a $2500 check from the Walter Lantz Foundation):
Julia Vanderpoel (Animation – B.A. ’15) – Chasm Crossing
LMU Graduate Student Association’s On Campus Service Leadership Award:
Ebony Gilbert (Screenwriting – M.F.A.’15)