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Inaugural Pasadena International Film Festival - "Great Gatsby" Opening Night Gala Feb. 13, 2014

By Lawrence Davis

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Pasadena has never before had a film festival… until now.  Inaugural event takes place Wednesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 16th, 2014.  Join in the festivities as we celebrate where the glitz and glamour of Hollywood meets small town integrity and charm. 

Soft Opening includes a performance by Cal Tech’s a cappella group, “Out of Context”, at 12:45 pm, Wednesday, February 12.  Screenings start at 1pm and continue until midnight at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre in Pasadena.  Evening party to take place at Japon Bistro

Our Opening Night “Great Gatsby” Black Tie Gala takes place Thursday, February 13, at the Westin Pasadena Hotel featuring the Pasadena Symphony-POPS, complete with a red carpet event, where actors Michael Gross (Family Ties), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mimi Kennedy (Midnight in Paris), Alicia Witt (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), and Jay O. Sanders (The Day After Tomorrow) will be honored, among others. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a signature cocktail, full bar, DJ, and dancing.

Seminars with entertainment industry professionals such as Melissa Fitzgerald, Katy Fox, Monika Skerbelis, Greg Laemmle, Eric Sherman, John Ottman, and Bert V. Royal, will lead talks on such topics as, “The Transformational Power of Women in Film”, and “The Future of Film…Where are we Headed?” at the Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch, Saturday, February 15, 2014. 

Every evening hosts a party at a different local venue, as well as screening the very best independent short, feature, documentary films, and web series from around the world.  Thirteen countries are represented including Romania, Slovenia, South Korea, and Brazil.  Pasadena International Film Festival is one of the few festivals that promises 80% of its programming is from submissions, not curated.

The Pasadena Museum of History hosts “Old Hollywood: The History of Film in Pasadena” featuring the world-renowned historian Marc Wannamaker, as well as a screening of the 1912 film, “When Kings Were The Law” followed by a wine and cheese reception, Sunday, February 16, 2014.  The five-day event is capped off with an Award Ceremony at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theatre awarding the best of the fest with the Jury Awards, with an after-party at the Vertical Wine Bistro to follow; Sunday, February 16.

Festival sponsors include Pasadena Film Office, Pasadena Water & Power, and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, among others.

For more information visit Pasadena Film Festival online.

Published on Feb 13, 2014

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