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II The Catalina Casino Theatre & Ballroom will be the venue for the inaugural Avalon Intemational Film Festival on March 25-27, which will spotlight works from around the world created by both amateur and professional filmmak- ers in categories ranging from short animations to international feature films and documentaries. Evoking the glamour of old Hollywood and in celebration of all things cinematic, the AIFF will bring together an ensemble of very notable industry professionals in- cluding Tom DeSanto ("X Men," "Transformers"), Mark Fergus ("Iron Man," Academy Award Nominee for "Children Of Men,") Roger Allers (Academy Award winning director for "The Lion King"), Adam Rosenfelt ("Wait- ing," "Down In The Valley, .... Mr. Brooks"), Jay Jackson ("The Little Mermaid," "The Simpsons Mov- ie"), and many more for a series of Producing, Directing, Writing, -Animation, and various cinema workshops and panels. There will be the special World Premier of Heather Morris' ("Glee," "Fired Up") directorial debut fill, "The Elevator," as well as a world class variety of short film programs and feature films. On Sunday evening we will be honoring a very spe- cial industry professional with the Industry Icon Award award. The three-day festival will be an ideal and memorable networking oppor- tunity for fillmakers, celebrities, producers and other industry ex- ecutives from around the world. "We are thrilled for the oppor- tunity to produce the first film fes- tival on Catalina in over 30 years, it's a unique and prestigious fes- tival for many special Hollywood executives and filmmakers alike in such a beautiful setting like Santa Catalina Island," said Alexander Wenger, AIFF founder and execu- tive director. "I can't wait to share the exciting news in the next month announcing our star-studded Red Carpet premieres, and ver,) special guests!" Catalina Island brings over a million tourists to its beautiful shores each year and has a rich cinematic history having served as a location for many film pro- ductions. With it's thriving artistic community it will provide the ideal backdrop for the Avalon Interna- tional Film Festival. The AIFF will also be support- ing Catalina's natural environment by aiming to be a carbon-neutral festival. Special recognition will be given to productions with envi- ronmental and social messages that create further awareness of the film industry's global responsibility. Festival Passes, Tickets and VIP Travel Packages are available, with limited availability through the AIFF website. For more informa- tion, visit Contact us a{. (310) 510-0500 or March. 11 throu h M= .17 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG-13 For More Information Call 310-510-0179 | City and county first responders joined Catalina Island Medical Center personnel at the heliport for a presentation from Mercy Air. When Mercy Air comes toAva- land Medical Center personnel and ers, medical personnel and Mercy Ion, time is usually of the essence, providers were joined by Avalon Air staff spent time at Catalina Is- There's no time to spend time get- City Fire, Los Angeles County Fire land Medical Center. ting to know one another or time and Los Angeles County Baywatch. "This visit allowed our doctors for brainstorming on how to im- Mercy Air arrived with an airerew and nurses time to get to know the prove service. That was not the and one of the helicopters which helicopter crew and understand their case Thursday, Feb. 17, when an are used to medically evacuate ap- capabilities," said Nancy Mattis, the aircrew and helicopter arrived for proximately 200 patients a year to Medical Center's chief patient care an extended site visit, mainland hospitals. After the chance services. "It also allowed Mercy The day began at the Pebbly to view the helicopter and ask ques- Air's staff to learn more about Beach Heliport, where Catalina Is- tions of the crew, the first respond- capabilities here at the hospital." the West Coast never materialized, From page 1 the Imperial " Japanese Navy dispatched three submarines to Lolo: these men had no interest in patrol the waters around Catalina playing golf and, in fact, seemed and the coast of Southern to have no knowledge of the game California. Japanese submarines whatsoever. Instead, they seemed 1-17, 1-19 and 1-21 all wreaked to be interested only in the local their own brand of havoc on U.S. terrain and were decidedly only shipping along the coast, striking going through the motions of as close to Catalina as the mouth playing g01f. of Los Angeles Harbor and the "My friend Conrad and I took Elwood oil storage facility north them out, and these guys kept of Santa Barbara. Sightings of taking pictures Of the hillsides and Japanese submarines in the channel talking-and pointing and doing were not uncommon. things like that," Lolo said. "Well, Were Lolo's golfers a vanguard they were talking in Japanese and of sorts for these assaults? we didn't know what they were Although it wasn't until after the saying." The bizarre round of war that Lolo recalled the strange golf--completewithnotetakingand events at the golf course, there is photographing--continued until no doubt in his mind what these the gentlemen seemed satisfied and fellows w~re up to. went on their merry way. "These .guys were sent here Six months later, in a series of to spy," he said. "They knew blitzkriegs around the Pacific, the what they were going to do on Empire of Jap attacked not only Catalina." Pearl Harbor, but Hong Kong, Since this incident was never Singapore, the Philippines, Wake reported, it is unlikely that the Island and a number of other U.S. govemment ever knew locations, about it. Perhaps somewhere in a While the dreaded invasion of dusty filing cabinet in a basement somewhere in Tokyo, one might find the scribbled notes and photographs taken by the "golfers." But the Island doesn't give up her secrets easily and the true mission of the Japanese golfers may never be discovered. NEXT WEEK: The Ghost and the Grumman Goose? Got a weird story about Catalina? Email it to us at dan@cinews, us or mail it to Mysterious Island, c/o Catalina Islander, PO Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704. ................................................................................................................................................................................... r .......................................................................................... h ............. 8 ! Friday, March 11, 2011 The CATALINA ISLANDER