July 10, 2008

Film Festival Has Appeal for Everyone

By Janette Williams

PASADENA - Breakfast Hobbit-style after an all-night "Lord of the Rings" marathon, or "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn?

Old Pasadena Film Festival organizers promise something for all movie fans to enjoy over the next three weekends, starting Friday. And all of it is free.

"The idea is to unite films within an urban context," said Robin Faulk of One Colorado, which will screen an outdoor Audrey Hepburn series, starting with "Breakfast at Tiffany's," on Friday nights.

Fans who really want to get in the mood also can shop at Tiffany's across the street.

"I think the concept was how to make movies come alive in a way that utilized the assets in Old Pasadena, the alleyways, the brick buildings ... really take a close look at the urban infrastructure," Faulk said. There will be projections on walls, alleyways, the School House parking structure, courtyards, shops and theaters among other venues throughout the historic district.

But plans to show "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in the creepy setting of the School House basement didn't go down so well with the fire marshal, said Steve Mulheim, president of the Old Pasadena Management District.

"He was not thrilled," Mulheim said.

The horror favorite will be shown on the School House rooftop July 18, just like "The War of the Worlds" this Friday, with the director, Tobe Hooper, introducing the sci-fi classic.

There will be 20 screenings over three weekends, celebrity appearances and works by emerging filmmakers, including Pasadena City College, the Armory and Art Center College of Design film students, all at the Armory Center for the Arts on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mulheim said the district is expecting a good crowd for what they hope will be an annual event.

"We anticipate it will be well-received, and we would explore making it bigger," Mulheim said, "extending it to new locations, lengthening it, bringing in new elements ... next year a little bit bigger, a little bit better."


Festival schedule:


7 p.m. - Emerging Filmmakers: Films and shorts by students and faculty from the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave.

8:30 p.m. - Classic Hepburn: "Breakfast at Tiffany's", One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley

10 p.m. - "The War of the Worlds", School House Parking structure rooftop, 33 E. Green Street.


7 p.m. - Emerging filmmakers. Armory Center for the Arts

8:30 p.m.- Classic Hepburn: "My Fair Lady", One Colorado Courtyard

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