Webinar: Greek Cinema: At Home and in the US
Speakers: Dr. James DeMetro and Constantina Konugres
Description: This Seminar will offer an overview of the current film industry in Greece, informing us about the past and how the industry has changed over the years. We will review some of the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and discuss problems with distribution, particularly in the United States, where the audience for foreign films appears to be shrinking and where theaters are struggling to survive.
James DeMetro is Professor Emeritus of English at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He has extensive experience in Greek film festival work in the US. He served as founding director of the New York City Greek Film Festival for 11 years and initiated festivals in Boston, Atlanta and Washington DC. In 2018, he founded the Hellenic Film Society USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Greek cinema throughout the US to audiences of all nationalities. He currently serves as President of the organization.
Constantina Konugres produces premium content at Radical Media for Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon, Hulu, Starz,PBS, IFC, and History Channel. Her most recent projects include HBO's critically acclaimed "David Byrne's “American Utopia" and Neon's "Spaceship Earth," which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. She is on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Film Society USA and is an active member of New York Women in Film and Television