Harry Mark Petrakis to Receive 2013 FilmHellene Award


FilmHellenes, the 2011-launched not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying, promoting and celebrating Hellenic Storytelling, announced that their annual FilmHellene Honorary Award will be presented to the quintessential chronicler of the Greek American experience, 90-year-old Chicagoan Harry Mark Petrakis.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place September 22nd from 5pm to 9pm, co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Museum in downtown Chicago.

FilmHellenes co-Founder and President, filmmaker Niko Franghias, says “last year we introduced this major award with the purpose to honor a member of the worldwide storytelling Hellenic Community; a person who, through time and hard efforts has made themselves admired and loved through his or her work.” For 2012, the recipient was Academy Award® winning filmmaker, Alexander Payne.

“This year, we felt that the ideal recipient would be much loved storyteller, Chicago’s very own, Harry Mark Petrakis, and we’re now inviting the Community to join us in this positively overflowing celebration,” added Franghias.

The event will feature a screening of A DREAM OF KINGS (1969) directed by Daniel Mann based on “A Dream of Kings” by Harry Mark Petrakis; a New York Times best-selling novel about a Chicago Greek, a proponent of creative get-rich-quick schemes, passionate loving husband and father – equally passionate lover of a beautiful bakeshop proprietor –and inveterate gambler. When he learns that his only son is about to die, he is determined to reverse fate.

This is the story of that conflict – a Greek against the gods – a tale of enormous power and laughter, both breathtaking and triumphant. The film was partly shot on Chicago’s Halsted Street in Greektown and stars Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas.

The Q&A with Harry Mark Petrakis will be moderated by John Petrakis, professor of screenwriting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago, and a former film critic for the Chicago Tribune.

FilmeHellenes also organizes the Greek Film Fest Chicago, an annual event set to take place for the third year November 7-11, 2013.

Event Details:
Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
For more information and tickets to the event please visit
www.greekfilmfestchicago.org and www.eventbrite.com/event/7563975053


  1. Harry Mark Petrakis was one of my favorite authors when I returned from Greece in the 70s. I found his books in our high school library…I have only managed to keep one I bought for all these years.. The Hour Of The Bell.
    I would like him to know that I admire him and his books gave me the wish to write and read all, especially by our own. Thank you God Bless you!

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