Set in the Queens neighborhood known as “Little Athens”, ASTORIA centers around a blue-collar Greek-American family and its struggle to hold on to the American Dream. It follows the journey of 28-year-old Alex (Rick Stear) and his desire to escape his stagnant neighborhood and pursue an off-beat dream that will take him to the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Alex must overcome his Old World-minded father’s plans – expanding the family business, a small corner eatery, and contending with some local wiseguys intent on collecting his dad’s gambling debt. When Alex becomes enchanted with a beautiful iconographer (Paige Turco), visiting from Greece, things take another turn…
Paige plays Elena, a well-educated art restorer visiting from Greece.
TRIVIA & FACTS
- It played several festivals: Santa Barbara Film Festival, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Temecula Valley International Film Festival.
- It was released on DVD on March 28, 2006.
It received two Silver Awards at WorldFest Houston: Independent Theatrical Feature Films – Low Budget, and Theatrical Feature Films – Low Budget.
“Paige just added such an incredible magic to this character. I couldn’t have asked for anything better in terms of what she brought to her because it was a difficult character in the sense that there’s one way that Alex perceives Elena – in this scene he perceives her as being stuck up, which is far from the case, she’s not stuck up, she’s not trying to be – but it’s his perception of her that way, and Paige had to modulate that perception of Alex’s, which would have to be believable from our perspective too on some level why he thinks that way, but also to show that she really is not that way at all, that she’s just obviously a girl who has it all together. She’s a young woman who has everything together: an education, a career, all these things, and she’s living her dreams.” – Nick Efteriades
“Robert J. Andrews taught Paige the actual process of how a restorer goes about doing this work, which was just invaluable, and she was very curious and took it all in.” – Nick Efteriades
“In the creation of this character of Elena, the strongest person in the movie, the person who has it all together, is her, is a woman.” – Nick Efteriades