PACA Gears Up For Film Fest

By Julie Caldwell

Great Lakes International Film Festival is proud to announce that our festival will take place this September 26th, 27th, and 28th, live in the great City of Erie at Erie’s cultural hub, PACA, located at 1505 State Street. The Great Lakes Film Festival’s online festival will take place from September 26th, and run through October 5th.

Though film selections will not be announced until September 7th, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best festival yet with more than 100 films slated to be screened over the course of this year’s event.

While special guests, screening schedules, and other events and activities will be announced shortly, the 2013 Great Lakes International Film Festival is very proud to incorporate an original live theatrical presentation, “Songs & Sonnets by Jim Morrison”, into its programming this year, along with receptions and after parties.

Now in its 12th year, the Great Lakes International Film Festival has brought more than 1,200 cutting edge independent films to our city including the North East United States Premiere of Lions Gate Films’ original thriller “Saw” in 2004.

In addition, the Great Lakes Film Festival has played host to a plethora of celebrities including such notable stars as actor/director/producer Dirk Benedict, most known for his roles on the hit television shows Battlestar Galactica and A-Team, along with the late Bill Hinzman of the cult classics Flesheater and Night of the Living Dead, and Gunnar Hansen of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, director Lloyd Kaufman, Scream Queen Debbie Rochon, along with Guns’n Roses Super Star Dizzy Reed who made a special appearance at the festival in 2007 and performed with local icon band Hammerd.

In 2006, the festival had the incredible honor of having the legendary star of both stage and screen, Terry Moore as a special guest of honor who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her amazing accomplishments in film over the past 60 years.

As what has become a staple organization of our local art scene, the Great Lakes Film Fest has participated in many local events such as Celebrate Erie and Blue Cat Stew along with many others, and has created several local and international events such as the Great Lakes Music Video Festival and the Eerie Horror Film Festival.

For more information on the Great Lakes International Film Festival and a complete list of the 2013 film selections and screening schedules, please visit after September 10, 2013.

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