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.