The First Documentary to Tell the Story
Kefi: The Story of FDF, the Greek Orthodox Folk Festival is about a one-of-a-kind youth folk-dance and choral competition that has been held annually since 1976 at various venues in the Western United States. FDF participants take center stage in Kefi. We hear about the music and dances; the ministry and the mentoring; the art of costume-making; and the friendships and marriages that are all part of this 43-year-old festival.
The Making of Kefi
For years, Executive Producer Peter E. Preovolos dreamed of capturing the history of the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance and Choral Festival (choral competition was added later). In 2013, he gathered a team of professionals to develop a documentary based on first-hand interviews. More than 40 interviews were recorded and people contributed photos, costumes, books and videos. Peter plans to share the transcripts from these important interviews in the near future.
Participants from the 1970s to the present day appear in the documentary, from those who taught the first dancers and recruited judges for the dance competition, to young dancers, to international folk dance experts and academics.
It’s a Multi-faceted Story
Themes of community, cultural heritage, faith and spiritual values, leadership/business mentoring, and family, emerged through the interviews.
The Documentary Premier
The San Diego premier is planned to take place in January 2020.
L-R: George Fahouris, Marilyn Kromydas Yeatts and George Scarvelis, members of the original Aegeans folk dance group at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego, CA, talk about the founding of FDF in this interview clip.
One key aspect was that we did not want the concept or the organization to be co-opted by adults. We wanted it to remain a young-adult organized and run event.
It actually is like a second heartbeat for me. I teach the kids how to praise God's name through dance. I teach them regions, about ethnic backgrounds, what they're doing and what it means.
FDF was very instrumental in my career and in bringing out a talent that I didn't know I had, in finance, budgeting and cost control, which I'm still working in today.