Pasadena International Film Festival Great Gatsby-Themed Gala to be Held Tonight at Pasadena Speakeasy

Published : Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 5:15 AM

The Speakeasy in Pasadena will be the place to be on Thursday night, where the Pasadena International Film Festival will hold its Great Gatsby Gala and Awards Ceremony.

The film fest, which included local as well as international short subjects wraps its sixth run in the City of Roses. It presented 130 films from more than 15 different countries.

Notable local or locally themed films screened include short mystery “Afterthoughts,” directed by Peyton Skelton; “Band Geeks” about a Canadian band that makes it into the Rose Bowl Parade, and “The Running Man of Pasadena,” about local runner Haik Zakarian, directed by Brett Nicoletti.

Those honored at the Gala include Melora Hardin, set to receive the “Career Inspiration Award,” Bruce McGill, Primetime Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer Frank Prinzi, James Marsters, and Clare Kramer.

With its 1920s theme, The Speakeasy is a good choice for the party which is themed around the style of that era, and The Great Gatsby. Served up at the bar? A special concoction called the Bee’s Knees.

Founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin and Marco Neves, industry veterans and local residents, the Pasadena International Film Festival is the only competitive film festival in Pasadena.

PIFF had the support of sponsors including Pasadena Playhouse District Association; Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Sasaki Innovessence Skincare, Old Pasadena Management District, Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pasadena Film Office and TravelStore.

The Speakeasy is located at 25 Noth Raymond Ave in Pasadena.

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