International Film Festival Comes to Home Screens Oct. 15-21

To accommodate the now-digital reality of the coronavirus pandemic, the seventh annual Glendale International Film Festival is bringing the movies to the home screen this year.
From Thursday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 21, the film festival’s website will offer access to the feature and short films being presented this year, the collection of which covers a wide variety of genres and filmmaking styles. Additionally, the organization will offer Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.
Viewers can purchase individual tickets for films, or otherwise purchase a festival pass for $60. The film festival provides a recommended schedule of films and special features.
The Glendale International Film Festival was formed in 2014 by longtime Glendale resident and performer Velvet Rhodes, who succumbed to cancer this summer. The film festival organization plans to continue the event as part of her legacy in the community.
To access the festival, visit

Film Festival Founder Leaves Legacy of Passion for the Arts

Velvet Rhoades

As one close friend coined it, a light went out on Sunday, July 26, when longtime Glendale resident Velvet Rhodes, the idiosyncratic founder of the Glendale International Film Festival, died in hospice care after a four-year battle with stage-4 cancer.
Rhodes, who was 70, is survived by a brother in Tennessee and a cousin in Arizona. She leaves with her friends and colleagues the memory of a strong-willed woman whose fashion ensemble for the day would often announce her arrival to an event, whose passion for performing arts and her festival were positively radioactive, and who, by numerous accounts, would not take “no” for an answer.
“I think really that’s the thing that stood out most about Velvet,” said Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts, which operates the Alex Theatre. “At our first meeting, she pitched me an idea and concept that I wasn’t so keen on, but what her project could have brought to the community was so important that she made us believe that our vision could be her vision and it could translate into something really special to our community.”

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