A scene from the popular award-winning film My Name is Eftyhia. (Photo: Courtesy of Hellenic Film Society USA)
ASTORIA – Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) announced on March 1 that it is resuming its popular streaming series Greek Films on Demand. Every month, it will offer two Greek films for a 10-day period. In March, it will present My Name is Eftyhia and Too Much Info Clouding over My Head, from Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 13. This is in addition to its Always on Sunday monthly series, in person, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Both films are in Greek with English subtitles. The Greek Online School is sponsoring this month’s films.
At the height of the pandemic when movie theaters were closed, HFS began offering two films on demand every month. It was a popular series with viewers from across the U.S. and around the world, but when theaters reopened last fall, HFS returned to in-person screenings. In response to the many requests from viewers outside the New York metro area asking for Greek films to stream, HFS is resuming the series now.
My Name is Eftyhia, directed by Angelos Frantzis, is an award-winning, song-filled biographical drama about the life of Eftyhia Papagiannopoulou, who escaped the burning of Smyrna in the early 1920s to become the beloved lyricist of Greece. The film won eight 2020 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, including Best Film. It also won HFS’s 2021 NY Greek Film Expo Audience Award for most popular film. Both screenings sold out at the Expo in October.
Too Much Info Clouding over My Head, directed by Vasilis Christofilakis, is a smart, award-winning comedy that follows the trials and tribulations of a young hapless, anxiety-plagued movie director. The film won three awards at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017, including the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Greek Film.
“It has been gratifying for us to see the outpouring of requests for streaming Greek films,” said Jimmy DeMetro, president, Hellenic Film Society USA. “Although we prefer to show films in movie theaters where they were made to be seen, we are pleased to give our audience, especially those outside New York, the opportunity to see Greek films where they otherwise have no access.”
For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497 and follow on Facebook and Instagram.
About the Hellenic Film Society USA
The Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization rooted in the belief that Greek cinema can and should be part of the American cultural landscape. The organization promotes feature films, documentaries, and film shorts made by Greek filmmakers and those of Greek descent, as well as films that promote the cultures of Greece and Cyprus.
In addition to collaborating with the Museum of the Moving Image for its series of monthly Greek film screenings, HFS presents the annual New York Greek Film Expo film festival annually. When the pandemic forced movie theaters to close, HFS began streaming Greek films worldwide and created a YouTube channel to satisfy audience demand for Greek film.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is the lead supporter of the Hellenic Film Society USA. Additional support is provided by the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Kallinikeion Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Antenna Satellite TV. For additional information, please visit www.hellenicfilmusa.org or call 347-934-9497.
NEW YORK – The Queens College (QC) Greek and Cypriot Alumni Glenti, hosted by the Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Department and cosponsored by the Ikaros Hellenic Orthodox Club, will be held Friday, March 15, 7 PM, at the Kefalos Society of America, 20-41 Steinway Street in Astoria.
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