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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 January 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 2015 17 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT George Xylouris Jim Giannopoulos awarded at CinemaCon The Greek chairman of 20th Century Fox is considered one of the most insightful men in the industry A Family Affair The film will hit Australia next month A Family Affair follows three generations of musicians of the Xylouris family, who uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world. The film captures how music is passed on from father to son to grandchildren, in a contemporary Greek Australian family, brought together and separated by their love of music. A short version of the film, entitled Sounds Like Home was aired on ABC Australia in October 2013 and the feature-length documentary premiered on January 8, 2015, in Athens, Greece. The film's production was made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2014, which helped to cover initial shooting in Australia and trigger the support of ABC TV Australia, the Greek Film Centre and OTE-TV, and most recently NERIT, the Greek public broadcaster. The music on the soundtrack is performed by George Xylouris, his three children Nikos, Antonis and Appolonia, as well as their legendary grandfather, Psarantonis. The soundtrack also features recordings with drummer Jim White and the Xylouris and Hannan family friends in Crete and Australia. The music for the film had already been recorded, but in order to create an audio album, the tracks had to be mastered to stand alone at their absolute best. This meant studio time and talented technicians to produce a shining album. The team is collaborating with Coti K, an established musician, composer, record producer and sound engineer based in Athens, who has been working with sound and music since the 1980s. His work includes collaborations with Tuxedomoon, Stereo Nova, Blaine Reininger, The Raining Pleasure, Nikos Veliotis and Ilios. The group entered kickstarter and the project was successfully funded on January 6. The film and soundtrack are to enter the Australian distribution market within February and March. For more information visit www.facebook.com/ XylourisFamily?ref=hl or afamilyaffair.gr/ Jim Giannopoulos is the Greek American CEO and chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment. It is under his management that FFE has seen the most profitable years in its history, in spite of the extremely low budget its studios have been working with. Giannopoulos has had one of the longest tenures at the chair of Fox's studios, therefore he will be honoured at this year's CinemaCon convention with the Pioneer of the Year award. The world-known annual convention, gathering movie theatre owners from across the globe, filmmakers, producers, top Hollywood names, as well as thousands of fans, will be held in Las Vegas this year on April 22, sharing the latest advances in cinematic technology and the state of the film and theatre industry. Giannopoulos’ roster of international blockbusting commercial successes includes the Taken series, Avatar and The Day After Tomorrow, as well as critically acclaimed artistic films such as Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Life of Pi. ‘Pioneer of the Year’ has been awarded to Hollywood’s historic names, the likes of Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner, Alan Horn and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Dinner For Few flirting with the Oscars The award winning Greek film about the crisis screens in LA Nassos Vakalis' multi-awardwinning Greek film Dinner For Few will be screened at the NuArt Theatre in LA, from January 9 to 11. Dinner for Few is a short animated film taking on the effects of the Greek crisis. The no dialogue film is flirting with a qualification for the 2016 Academy Awards. Vakalis, who is an Emmy-winning GreekAmerican animator for DreamWorks Studios, refers to it as a "sociopolitical metaphor of the world". A phone conversation with a friend, in which they "compared the people [suffering in Greece] with the cats at a taverna, wondering when they will stop asking for scraps and start jumping on the table to claim whatever is left and eat it", instigated the idea of the film. The film will also be screened in Australia, later in 2015. Modern legend J Mascis touring Australia Don't miss J Mascis and his astonishing guitar playing on tour this February. Last here in early 2012 for The Falls Festival and multiple sold-out Sydney Festival performances, legendary Dinosaur Jr frontman and guitar guru J Mascis returns to Australia and New Zealand in February 2015 for Adelaide's Garden Of Unearthly Delights Aurora Spiegeltent program, as a special guest to premier ambient/noise outfit Mogwai for two shows at Perth International Arts Festival, for headline performances along the Australian east coast (including first time solo appearances in Hobart and Canberra) and for three shows on the north island of New Zealand. The 2015 tour follows the release of ‘Tied To A Star’, the second solo album from Mascis that picks up exactly where 2011's debut ‘Several Shades Of Why’ left off and shows that Mascis is now as skilled at quiet as he is with loud. As an added treat, former Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita will join J for shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney. The two indie-rock luminaries paired up in 2012 for an appearance on SBS TV show Rockwiz performing the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks classic Stop Dragging My Heart Around, though the relationship goes back further, with Magic Dirt having supported Dinosaur Jr on their 1995 Australian tour. Tickets $49.90. Where: Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street - special guest Peter Black (The Hard-Ons) When: Wednesday 18 February 2015 For more information visit thestreet.org.au A sociopolitical metaphor of the world as a formal dinner that takes an unexpected turn when there’s no more food to be served.
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