Saturday, March 15, 2008

All Eyes on the Big Screen: First Look at Film Festival’s Schedule, Artwork

Organizers of the LA Harbor International Film Festival unveiled the schedule and artwork for this year’s event, taking place April 24-27 at the Warner Grand Theatre.

Film topics include maritime themes, immigrant experiences, workers’ rights and other subjects familiar to Harbor Area residents.

“There is a movie that appeals to every sector of society,” said festival director and founder Stephanie Mardesich. “Enjoying and celebrating the art of cinema in the atmosphere of one of the treasures of San Pedro, the Warner Grand Theatre, is part of our goal to educate, enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds.”

A “Hollywood nostalgia tribute” will feature a screening of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which guests are encouraged to dress in vintage or cocktail attire.

A “red carpet gala reception” will precede the screening on April 26 at the Arcade Building. The Swiss Family Robinson is the selection for “Read the book, see the movie,” an educational outreach program for high-school students.

Local artist Tony Podue designed the poster for this year’s festival.

For more information, including ticket prices and volunteer opportunities, visit

Artist Tony Podue with his interpretation of this year’s film festival.

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