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Frank Frost and
Archbishop Demetrios

Generous Volunteers Make
Screening Smashing Success

By Roger Webster
Photos by Dimitrios Panagos

HE Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity hosted a screening of The Other Holy Land, a one-hour television documentary exploring the history of the land that is now called Turkey.

It was an informative celebration with welcoming remarks by Father Robert Stephanopoulos, dean of the Cathedral. Edward J. Murray, president of Faith & Values Media, and J. Tom Hill, representing the Aegean Free Zone, two of the funders of the project, spoke, as did producer Frank Frost.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America made the closing remarks, raving about the genius of the film editors and then brilliantly tying the distant past of Asia Minor to our present life in New York City.

Edward J. Murray and
Nikki Stephanopoulos

The documentary, which will be shown periodically on the Hallmark Channel, was excellent and particularly interesting to me as I had just returned from a wonderful visit to Turkey and spent time in each of the areas – Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Cappadocia and Ephesus – featured in the piece. It was filmed in Turkey and the United States, combining travelogue, art and history, focusing on the formative events of the first 1,000 years of the Christian Church.

There are interviews with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; Bishop Kallistos Ware, Spalding lecturer in Eastern Christian studies at Oxford University; Dr. Helen Evans, curator for early Christian and Byzantine art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will open a much anticipated exhibit, Byzantium: Beauty and Power 1261-1557, on March 23, 2004; as well as Archbishop Demetrios and Father Stephanopoulos.

Marguarite Stephanopoulos and
Marissa Cotsidis

Among the 300 guests at the party enjoying delicious Cypriot wine and cheese donated by Dennis Droushiotis of the Cyprus Embassy Trade Center, were Presbytera Nikki Stephanopoulos, a key figure in the success of both the show and the evening, Father Angelo Gavalos, Nellie Logothetides, Marguarite Stephanopoulos , John Stratakis, Michael and Mary Jaharis, Marissa Cotsidis, Dean Sirigos, Joan Kasimatis, Steven Georgou, Violet Maneatis, Alex Pecounis, Helen Konstantine, Alex Mastoras and Henry Calcanes.

Generous volunteers, including Olga Vezeris, Aspasia Smith, Chris Orros, Andrea Pappas, Lilly Georgopoulos, Nick Georges, Niki Evangelou, Constantine Morphopoulos, Steve Kalcanides, Athena Kotsinos, Eli Papadeas, Paul Sengakis, and Charles Connant, made the evening a smashing success.

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