Northside Syracuse native Mary Angiolillo, who teaches acting in Prague and whose husband Marek Jicha is the film's cinematographer, has a part in the film too as the supermarket side-kick of the family's mother.
Saturday also marks the launch of monthly SYRFILM events at the Palace. Last week the festival announced a revamped format for its 2010 edition, moving from late April to October 13 -- 17, and expanding its emphasis on year-round activity.
"We've put together the film portion of the 'Recovered Voices' concert at Syracuse University on January 30," said SYRFILM managing director Christine Fawcett-Shapiro last week. "We'll screen 'An American in Paris' at the Palace on Valentine's Day, with a dessert party. On February 26, we host the East Coast premiere of Rob Nilsson's new film with Stacey Keach, 'Imbued.' Then there are two more programs in March, including our 2nd Annual Oscar Party on March 7. So there's lots to tell!"
SYRFILM joins with the Food Bank of CNY and SyracuseFirst for Saturday's event. Part of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank and those bringing canned goods to donate receive a coupon toward future SYRFILM tickets.
A shorter version of this article appears in the 1/21/2010 print edition of the Syracuse City Eagle. "Skr tek" screens at the Palace Theatre on James St., Eastwood, on 1/23 at 7:30 PM. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Nancy is a member of the national Women Film Critics Circle and the James Agee Cinema Circle, and she writes the film column "Make it Snappy."