10 May 2012 5:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Catalina Film Festival is a celebration of film history, but the festival is still in its infancy. This year marked the weekend festival’s second incarnation, running from its opening gala Saturday night through its conclusion late Sunday afternoon. Like most of humanity, festival attendees were treated to an opening night screening of “The Avengers” in the island’s historic Avalon Theater. However, as an added bonus, the guest of honor was Stan Lee, the man responsible for some of Marvel’s biggest properties, including a few of the ones that were onscreen that evening. Partly by design and partly by coincidence, animation and comics became a weekend theme. Lee stayed in Catalina after opening night for a screening of the charming documentary “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story” and a panel discussion afterwards that covered, among other things, his latest venture into comics-related content, Pow! Entertainment. “All. »

- Steve Greene

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