May 08, 2021

ANNOUNCING THE DIGITAL & On DEMAND RELEASE OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “OLYMPIA”

ANNOUNCING THE DIGITAL & On DEMAND RELEASE OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE OLYMPIA

An uncompromising truth-seeking rebel, Academy Award-winner and theatre icon Olympia Dukakis finds her own voice on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world.

A feature documentary on Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis

Available NOW on Apple TV, GooglePlay, VenmoOnDemand, FandangoNow plus on Cable On Demand platforms.

Produced and Directed by Harry Mavromichalis

Executive Produced by Sid Ganis and Anthoula Katsimatides

Music by Paul Cantelon

*World Premiere: DOC NYC*

*European Premiere: Thessaloniki Documentary Festival*

"DELICIOUSLY BUOYANT"

"Olympia delivers an uncommonly personal, cinema verite-style

portrait of its fascinating, iconoclastic subject."

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SYNOPSIS

This sublimely intimate verité documentary tells the poignant life story of a celebrated woman who struggled to find her voice yet wound up asserting a gigantic creative force on the world. Rebelling against her suspicious Greek mother to assert her strong sexual drive, fighting the feeling she was “too ethnic” in Boston, and starting her own theatre company in New Jersey instead of waiting for the phone to ring, Olympia Dukakis models how to live life with blazing courage.

Throughout an engrossing journey that seamlessly blends past and present, Olympia opens her heart and exposes her truest self to Harry Mavromichalis' unobtrusive camera. The raw honesty with which Olympia leads us into her core, brilliantly illuminates the film from within. As fellow actors with whom she has shared the limelight Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Armistead Maupin all testify, Olympia is “totally open and crazy”, revealing what turns out to be the marker of her absolute sanity.

The film captures Olympia as she deals with age, grief and sexuality while opening up about her past struggles with depression, suicide and drug addiction. This intimate portrait of a working class professional, a scholar actor of intuitive power, and a woman beloved around the world, culminates on the steps of the Dukakis’ humble ancestral home in Lesbos, Greece. Brutally honest, Olympia compels us to confront our own shortcomings and differences by letting go, inspiring us to move forward with defiant conviction.

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

An uncompromising truth-seeking rebel, Academy Award-winner and theatre icon, Olympia Dukakis has searched her whole life to find her place in this world, despite the cultural traditions and expectations of her Greek heritage, while at the same time combating the institutionalized patriarchy of American society.  

As a daughter of immigrants, she faced the struggles for assimilation and the constant, internal feeling of not belonging. As a woman, a wife and a mother, that self-doubt, coupled with feelings of being “less than” the men in society, informed how she saw herself and how she pursued her now legendary career. Even today, in her 80s, she is still searching not only for her place, but woman's full place in society. 

At a critical point in our history when we're examining what it means in America to be an "other" or an independent, unconventional woman, Olympia's exploration of these themes become utterly relevant.

 

--Harry Mavromichalis, Producer / Director

PARTICIPANTS

Whoopi Goldberg

Laura Linney

Diane Ladd

Lynn Cohen

Lainie Kazan

Austin Pendleton

Ed Asner

Armistead Maupin

Governor Michael Dukakis

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About Olympia Dukakis

Actress. Born June 20, 1931 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The daughter of Greek immigrants, Olympia Dukakis earned two degrees from Boston University and worked as a physical therapist while pursuing a stage career. Dukakis won an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Steel Magnolias, Cloudburst, Dad, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Working Girl, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. Her television credits include : Big Driver, Sex & Violence, Forgive Me, Bored to Death, Last of the Blond Bombshells, Sinatra (Golden Globe Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy Nominee), Further Tales of the City among more than 40 others. She has performed in over 130 productions on and off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including the Public Theater, A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. She was a Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ, for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse in Boston. She continues to teach acting at NYU and master classes for professional theatre companies, colleges, and universities across the country. She was bestowed the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed in 2013.

ABOUT THE TEAM

HARRY MAVROMICHALIS / Producer & Director

Olympia is Harry Mavromichalis’ directorial feature documentary debut and he is currently in post-production for “Yankee Restraint”; a character driven piece that examines the intricacies of a gay relationship spanning decades and tackles issues of love and resentment.  After a long career as a modern dancer with his own dance company in New York, he pursued a Masters in Film Directing from New York University.  He wrote, directed and produced multiple short films, music videos and commercials. Curator of the inaugural LGBTQ Film Festival, Harry was a key organizer of the historic first-ever Pride Parade in Cyprus which attracted over 4,000 attendees.

 

SID GANIS / Executive Producer

Sid Ganis co-founded OUT OF THE BLUE ENTERTAINMENT with partner (and wife) Nancy Hult Ganis, in 1996 following a distinguished career as an executive at major studios including Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros., Paramount, and Columbia Pictures.  He began his career in film in the publicity department of 20th Century Fox in New York. 

In 2005, Sid was elected to his first term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a position which he held for four consecutive terms.  He currently serves as Vice President on the Academy’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Academy’s Museum Committee.

As a producer, Mr. Ganis found box office success with Big Daddy, Deuce Bigalow, Mr. Deeds and the critically acclaimed Akeelah and the Bee, which he co-produced with his wife Nancy Hult Ganis.  Recent projects include the highly acclaimed music documentary BANG! The Bert Berns Story and an award-winning short film titled A Children’s Song, focusing on China’s willingness as one of the few countries on earth to accept emigrating Jews from Europe during WWII and will soon be developed into a feature produced by Sid and Nancy.

Currently, Ganis is a consultant with leading U.S. entertainment technology company Dolby Laboratories.  He has also served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Marvel Entertainment until its sale to Disney in 2009, as well as the boards of FIND (Film Independent) and University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and San Francisco’s SF FILM.

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ANTHOULA KATSIMATIDES / Executive Producer

Anthoula Katsimatides is an actor, writer, producer, and voice-over artist. A member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, a true artist at heart, her love for performing on-screen is matched by her passion for theatre work. She has co-starred in several tv shows and films. Her first experience as a producer was for Opa! The Musical, an off-Broadway musical that had several successful runs. She later developed and produced an autobiographical solo show, “What Will People Think?” that garnered many accolades and won awards off-Broadway.  Anthoula is thrilled to be an executive producer of “Olympia”, a film about her inspiring mentor. 

Prior to her foray in show business, Anthoula earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Education. She worked as an account executive in advertising and as a high school English teacher. She then pursued a career in public affairs and worked with former Governor George Pataki representing him at events across the city. After September 11th, 2001, Anthoula worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on the massive rebuilding effort. 

She is proud to be an appointed trustee to the board of The National September 11th Memorial and Museum and founded the Johnny and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life in memory of her two brothers. Honored in 2012 as one of Greek America’s 40 Under 40, Anthoula takes pride in supporting the Greek community.

PAUL CANTELON / Composer

Paul Cantelon is an American composer of film scores and contemporary classical music. In the early ’90s, Paul formed the eclectic band, Wild Colonials, with the singer, Angela McCluskey, recording two albums for Geffen Records and performing with such artists as Joe Cocker, The Kinks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, Rickie Lee Jones, King Crimson and Ry Cooder.

Paul composed music for Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated. He went on to score such films as the award-winning The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007), Sony Pictures’ The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Oliver Stone’s W (2008), New York, I Love You (2009), Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction (2010), Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011), Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012), and most recently Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018). 

CREDITS

Director: Harry Mavromichalis

Writers: Harry Mavromichalis, Sam Eggers

Producers: Harry Mavromichalis, Muriel Moraes, Keren Seol, Andrew Ford

Co-Producer: Lynn Webb

Associate Producer: Kelly Miller, Angie Dix, Pamela Spyrs

Executive Producers: Sid Ganis (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones, Top Gun, Fatal Attraction, Deuce Bigalow), Anthoula Katsimatides (FBI, Jessica Jones);

Editors: Sam Eggers, Harry Mavromichalis, Andrew Ford

Music by: Paul Cantelon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jane Fonda in 5 Acts, The Other Boleyn Girl)

Additional Music by: Alexia Vassiliou

Cinematographers: John Ryan Johnson, Federico Cesca (Tales of the City).

OFFICIAL FILM WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA
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