Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oscar Night in Athens!

Guests at “Oscar Night in Athens: Unscripted”
will enjoy a themed party-
like setting similar to the after-Oscars parties held in Hollywood –
but with the same fanfare, food and prizes of prior year’s events.
Hosted by the Friends of the Festival, the Feb. 24 event, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Athena Theater in uptown Athens with tickets for only $20 each,
benefits the Athens International Film + Video Festival (AIFVF).
The “Friends” will also donate a portion of proceeds to ARTS/West’s new Appalachian play festival.
Event co-chair Liz Pahl says this year’s event is actually more like three parties in one -- all to celebrate the event’s fifth year and the festival’s 35th year. “The Oscars broadcast will be shown on the theater’s screens -- and each theater will represent three decades of film history: a 1920s Gin Joint, a 1950s Rat Pack Cocktail Lounge, and a 1970s-era Studio 54 Disco Club,” Pahl said.
The other members of the “Friends,” co-chair Kelee Riesbeck and Colleen Carow, offer a special invitation to local film-lovers. “Come dressed to match a theater theme or as your favorite nominee – in or out of character – and get snapped by our local paparazzi on Athens’ own Red Carpet Walk,” Riesbeck said. “We’re counting on our guests to give Athens a Red Carpet to remember, all for a wonderfully unique cause,” Carow added. “If the guest’s star wins an Oscar, the guest will win an Oscar of his or her own – one made of fine chocolate,” she said.
The walk begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Athena. Once bedecked with a “swag” bag filled with products and discounts from Athens and Nelsonville businesses, every guest will enjoy heavy hors d'œuvres by local chefs and a full cash bar, as well as the chance to win a variety of door prizes, a silent auction original piece by Keith Chapman Jewelers, and the Oscar Ballot prize: a year of free Avalanche! and Della Zona pizza plus free Premiere Video rentals.
The “Friends’” decision to donate a portion of proceeds to local writers as part of ARTS/West’s Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival reflects the importance of supporting the artistic community where one lives, Pahl said.“We wanted to show the spirit of community when it comes to the arts,” Pahl explained. “We’ll be able to support those are celebrating Appalachian culture through the written word.”
Tickets, $20, each, are available at the Athena Theater and the Athena Grand box offices in Athens, and the Stuart’s Opera House box office or phone in Nelsonville at (740) 753-1924.
The AIFVF takes place in Athens and Nelsonville April 25-May 1, 2008.
Sponsors for this year’s Oscar Night in Athens-Unscripted are: Executive Producers: The Athens Messenger, Athena/Athena Grand Theaters, Time Warner Cable, Power 105 (WXTQ-FM/WATH-AM); Producers: Keith Chapman, Milo’s Whole World Gourmet; Directors: O’Betty’s Red Hot!!! Dogs & Sausages; Athens Underground, Follett’s Bookstore, Lamborn’s Studio & Custom Framing, Hyacinth Bean Florist, Kelee and Steve Riesbeck; Stars: Avalanche! Pizza, Della Zona Pizza, Premiere Video, Casa Nueva, Purple Chopstix, Salaam Café, The Oakroom, Ohio University Inn and Conference Center, Perk’s Coffee House & Roastary, Alexander Culadis, CPA, Carpet One Floor & Moore, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Donkey Coffee and Espresso, Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Mountain Laurel Gifts, Lori Johanson/The Cheesecake Lady, Hocking Hills Travel, Athens Real Estate Company, Coors Light
For more information about the fundraising event, visit www.myspace.com/oscarnightinathens or email friendsofthefestival@gmail.com.