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P.O. BOX 5202  ~  San Pedro, CA 90731 USA   ~  Telephone: 310.519.0756

CONTACT:  Stephanie Mardesich, Festival Director (310) 519-0756 or

MEDIA ALERT/Calendar Listing

Wattstax & Barbershop at Warner Grand Feb.12  
Double Feature Celebrates Black History Month 
and New Series ¡§ The Magic of Filmmaking¡¨


WHO:  LA Harbor International Film Festival„· (LAHIFF) &
15th District Councilwoman Janice Hahn present 

WHAT: Wattstax (1973, 98 min.)   -  the ¡§vibrant documentary¡¨ directed by Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winner  Mel Stuart (who will introduce the movie) centers on the legendary, and peaceful,  concert at the renowned L.A.  Coliseum seven years after the tumultuous Watts riots; and focuses on the community of Watts, and the black experience.   Features stellar talent including Issac Hayes, The Staple Singers and emcee Rev. Jesse Jackson, with monologues by the newly discovered Richard Pryor.
 Barbershop (2002, 102 min. PG13) -  entertaining comedy directed by Tim Story, stars popular rap artist Ice Cube whose character has ambitions of his own eclipsed when inherits his father¡¦s neighborhood barbershop in Chicago. The local gathering place is struggling to survive and the responsibility dampens his dreams, when one dynamic day causes him to have a new perspective.  
 Live musical interlude between films to be announced. (subject to addition and change).


WHEN: Sunday February 12, 2006 ¡V Wattstax  2 p.m. & Barbershop 4 p.m.


WHERE: Warner Grand Theatre  (WGT), 478 W. 6th St., historic downtown San Pedro ¡V
  The Port of Los Angeles


WHY: To commemorate and celebrate Black History Month, as part of a new five part series at the WGT  ¡§The Magic of Filmmaking¡¨> Through this program  LAHIFF endeavors to embrace the entire  L.A. metropolis ¡§creating a cinematic bridge between the people of the region and the region.¡¨


COST: Price for series program pass for three out of five $20; individual programs $10 (includes the double feature)


HOW: Purchase tickets day of screening or online at


MORE: Other films in the series are Jan. 28 ¡§Buffalo Boy¡¨(2004,Vietnam); Mar.19 ¡§Who Framed Roger Rabbit¡¨( 1988);Apr.1 ¡§Cinerama Adventure¡¨ (2002); and final title to be confirmed. Screening times to be announced.
Warner Grand Theatre website at
 and/or LAHIFF website at


Mission Statement

The LA Harbor International Film Festival (a 501c3 non-profit organization) showcases film and video that reflects all the harbor embraces; shipping, commerce, fishing, sailing, water sports, sea life and the rich ethnic cultural influences of the area ¡V to create a cinematic bridge between the people of the region and the people of the world
2006 festival (3rd annual)  takes place May 5-7 at the WGT

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