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Los Angeles Greek Film Festival to Honor Jim Gianopulos

Fox chairman joins actor J.K. Simmons as recipient of Orpheus Award

The 10th annual Los Angeles Greek Festival will honor Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos during its annual Orpheus Awards ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Gianopulos joins previously announced Orpheus honoree, Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), who stars in in the fest’s closing night film, Christopher Papakaliatis’ “Worlds Apart,” the highest grossing Greek film since 2009.

Additionally, fest director Aris Katopodis disclosed the names of the nine jurors of the 2016 event. The jury members will determine which of the fest’s 50 films will receive Orpheus Awards in the categories of short film, documentary, feature film, and performance.

The nine-member Jury includes record producer Peter Collins, film critics Kirk Honeycutt and Robert Koehler, professor Christine Panushka (John Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at the USC School of Cinematic Arts), international sales and distribution exec Pamela Pickering, producer Jenette Maclachlan, filmmaker and Loyola Marymount professor Mikael Kreuzriegler, cinematographer Anastas Michos and Mladen Milicevic, chair of the Recording Arts Department at Loyola Marymount University.

The only other Orpheus Award for films in competition not determined by the Jury is the Audience Award, which is voted on by the festival patrons.

Simmons and Gianopulos will be on hand at the June 5 ceremony, hosted by actress Mena Suvari (“American Beauty,” “American Horror Story”).

The Orpheus Awards are produced by Dorothea Paschalidou and directed by Yorgos Karamihos. The fest runs from June 1 to June 5.

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