Audiences Applaud Support for Greek Cinema
28 January 2019

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is proud to support the Hellenic Film Society USA (HFS) in its mission of introducing American audiences to Greek cinema.

HFS founder Jimmy DeMetro, with whom SNF has enjoyed a valuable collaboration for over a decade, shared a note with us about the audience’s enthusiastic engagement at a recent screening. We are delighted to support the Greek-American community and the promotion of Greek culture around the world. A warm thank you to all involved!

"Dear All,

I am certain that you know  of my deep gratitude and affection for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the very fine people there. And so, in that context, I want to share with you something quite interesting that happened last night at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Our monthly screenings there have been an enormous success, one sell out after another. Yesterday, huge crowds turned out to see  the documentary MARIA BY CALLAS.

At the day's second showing of the film (6 pm), the moment the name of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation appeared on screen as the major benefactor of the Hellenic Film Society, the audience broke out into prolonged applause. I have never seen this happen in my more than 12 years of film festival work. The audience response was so spontaneous and, I believe, heartfelt, a way of thanking a sponsor for making possible the opportunity to see Greek programming at the formidable museum theater. Knowing that people recognize facilitators of cultural events is very important to me.  I feel very good about what happened, and I want you to know it.

Jimmy DeMetro"