The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival opens with an American Dream!

The 6th LA Greek Fest will open at 31st of May with “A Green Story”, the biography of a Greek who started out with no more than 22 bucks in his pocket, only to become one of the most powerful men in America. Who said the American Dream was dead?

Van Vlahakis left Greece behind in the 60s in search of a better life. He arrived in America with 33 dollars in his pocket, soon to become one of the richest and most powerful figures in the country, founder of Earth Friendly Products, a company trading in eco-friendly cleaning detergents.

Van Vlahakis left Greece behind in the 60s in search of a better life. He arrived in America with 33 dollars in his pocket, soon to become one of the richest and most powerful figures in the country, founder of Earth Friendly Products, a company that traded in eco-friendly cleaning detergents.

“A Green Story” is a Paramyth Films production, founded by Vlahakis himself in order to fund his own biography, while the director’s chair was filled by Nika Agiashvili and the leading characters are portrayed by Ed O’Ross (as Vlachakis), Shannon Elizabeth, Billy Zane, Malcolm McDowell, Annabella Sciorra, Louis Mandylor and Alexis Georgoulis. Shooting locations include Chicago, Los Angeles and Greece.

The 2012 LA Greek Fest will kick off May 31 and will keep going until June 2, 2012, proving the American Dream is still going strong. “We love the upbeat message of the film, especially when Greeks are undergoing such financial strains at home,” said Ersi Danou, co-founder and artistic director of the festival.

The film showcase, now on its 6th consecutive year, is also organizing a Theo Angelopoulos Tribute on June 3rd at the Linwood Dunn Theater, which includes “Ulysses’ Gace”, as well as a special seminar lead by Fred Linch, former president of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and film theorist extraordinaire.

Check out the "Green Story" trailer below.

For more information on the LA Greek Fest, please visit their official website.