Before you ask... it's Greek. And, so is Johnson (via translation). It's a long story... Soterios Johnson seemed strangely drawn to the news, even as a young child.
The sixth annual New York City Greek Film Festival is underway, featuring 13 films that include a throwback to Greece’s Golden Age of film, pieces that touch on recent societal upheavals and some that explore the grittier side of Athens.
Festival director Jimmy Demetro said that despite the country's economic crisis and lack of traditional government support for the arts, independent Greek filmmakers are still producing high-quality work.
"They're working on a barter system," Demetro said. "You know, ‘I'll do the sound on your film, you do the makeup on my film,’ that sort of thing. They work without pay on each others' projects and they get the films done."
It's quite a shift for the industry in Greece, where many of the films produced each year had been substantially financed by the national government through its Ministry of Culture. That is no longer possible, with the economic crisis forcing the government to deeply slash budgets to receive emergency aid.
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The 2012 New York City Greek Film Festival runs through October 17, with films showing at venues in Manhattan and Queens.