The annual Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival.
March 14 at 10:30 a.m., Black Beauty
March 15 at 7:30 pm, Sixteen Candles
March 16 from Noon, NewFilmmakers LA, a showcase of short films.
March 16 at 7 p.m., Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
March 17 at 1 p.m., DocSunday
Opening Night Friday evening March 15 at 7:30 pm is the ?Sweet 16? motif featuring the beloved Sixteen Candles (in 35 mm) directed by the late John Hughes. Sustaining Sponsor Rancho LPG is providing a huge birthday cake with candles for the audience to enjoy after the movie.
Saturday March 16 begins at 12 p.m., featuring NewFilmmakers LA ?On Location Program? Showcase of Short Films (26 films, one to five minutes in length) made by finalists of the annual community engagement program sponsored by the City of Los Angeles, KTLA, Sunset Las Palmas Studios, and LA City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Mitch O?Farrell.
New Filmmakers L.A. (NFMLA) has established itself as a significant advocate for independent cinema with more than 20,000 constituents in the Los Angeles community. In addition NFMLA?s promotes the economic, educational, social, and cultural advancement of filmmaking, arts, and culture in the community.
LAHIFF has invited the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Pedro and Wilmington, and South Bay Youth Clubs to attend as guests to meet the filmmakers and be inspired in their pursuit of film and video interests and increase their knowledge of the craft.
Saturday evening at 7 p.m. the Hollywood Nostalgia Tribute (HNT) features the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(Warner Bros., 1953, 91min., 35 mm, not rated) starring Marilyn Monroe (Lorelei Lee) and Jane Russell (Dorothy Shaw), directed by one of Hollywood legend Howard Hawkes.
Anyone who arrives dressed like the main characters Lorelei or Dorothy will be admitted for free and be invited for a promenade on stage.
Members of the San Pedro High School and Richard Henry Dana Middle School bands and their families are invited to attend as guests of the festival.
Guests will enjoy tray passed appetizers and Americana buffet supported with cuisine provided by Epicurean Sponsors Wienerschnitzel, Niko?s Pizzeria, Sandwich Saloon, San Pedro Fish Market, Big Nick?s, and San Pedro Brewing Company (SPBC). Bar service includes Libation Sponsor SVEDKA Vodka ?French 53? cocktails, wine, Port Town Beer from SPBC, and non-alcoholic beverage. Other sponsors include Elite Sponsor Spirit Cruises, Double Tree by Hilton, and LAMM.
Tickets for the HNT Gala are $65 before February 28th; $85 after that date or at the door space permitting. Also included in the price are film screening, souvenir program and party bag. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage or cocktail attire.
General admission for film program only is $10; no discounts.
Closing day March 17, known as ?DocSunday?-devoted to non-fiction film. Corresponding to theme of ?social justice? LAHIFF has promoted over the years the opening program at 1 p.m. is Rebel With A Cause: The Life Of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, directed by Janice D. Tanaka. The documentary film reveals the story of Six tenacious and dedicated Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga and her role in the effort to gain retribution for unlawful imprisonment and confiscation of property and monies of Japanese Americans in World War II.
There will be a special appeal to local faith based communities, philanthropic organizations, schools and all people of conscience to attend the screening that is a free event for all. Tanaka will introduce the picture and be present for a discussion afterward with some participants from the movie including Aiko?s daughter Lisa Furuttani expected. Additional sponsorship for this program by LAMM who this past year opened a new and permanent exhibit devoted to the Terminal Island Japanese colony that existed in the 20th century. The audience is encouraged to visit the LAMM located 6th Street and the Main Channel before or after the program.
At 4 p.m is the debut of Stories Of Los Angeles Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow ?The movie derived from the oral history project filmed in 2018, produced by Jack Baric (also director) and Stephanie Mardesich, which included 20 participants from a multitude of backgrounds and age range that became 72 stories released weekly via Facebook and YouTube, and at the dedicated website www.storieslaharbor.com.