Actress Lana Wood will attend Olympia Film Festival, aid fundraising

UPDATE: The appearance by actress Lana Wood at the Olympia Film Festival on  Nov. 9 has been cancelled, the Olympia Film Society announced  on Friday.

Actress Lana Wood will be the featured guest at next week’s Olympia Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Wood began her acting career in the classic John Ford/John Wayne western “The Searchers” and still acts today. She is the younger sister of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood.

Lana Wood acted in the TV soap opera “Peyton Place,” as Plenty O’Toole in the 1971 James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever” and in dozens of films, TV series and TV movies. She will be in the 2014 dark comedy “Killing Poe.”

“We’re really honored to have such Hollywood royalty in our historic venue,” festival director Lisa Hurwitz said Wednesday.

Wood will attend a fundraising dinner Nov. 9 and participate in a question-and-answer session before “Diamonds Are Forever” is screened at the Capitol Theater.

Wood is helping the Olympia Film Society wrap up its digital cinema campaign. OFS has raised $55,000 of a $65,000 goal, Hurwitz said.

“We’re hoping that by the time the festival is over the fundraising will be complete for the projector,” Hurwitz said. A crew is currently installing the new digital projector in the theater. The theater will be closed from Sunday through Nov. 7 to facilitate the film-to-digital conversion.

Other highlights of the festival include a Q&A with William F. Nolan, the screen writer of “Logan’s Run” on Nov. 16. The film will be shown after the Q&A. A reception for Nolan will be held at Trinacria restaurant later in the day.

“Jaws” screenwriter Carl Gottlieb will appear Nov. 13. A reception with Gottlieb at Trinacria will be held before an 8 p.m. screening of “Jaws 3-D.” “It’s a pristine print so we’re really excited to show it,” Hurwitz said. Gottlieb also wrote the Steve Martin comedy “The Jerk.”

An opening-night performance by The Julie Ruin features former Olympia residents Kathleen Hanna and Kathy Wilcox. The pair were part of the 1990s feminist punk band Bikini Kill and co-founders of the riot grrrl movement. On Nov. 9 Hanna will introduce a screening of the documentary “The Punk Singer,” which features her.

Actor Peter Coyote, a previously announced guest, has canceled his appearance at the festival.

30th Annual Olympia Film Festival

When: Nov. 8-17

Where: Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave. SE, Olympia.\

Information: olympiafilm society.org

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 craig.sailor@ thenewstribune.com