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John Sayles and Maggie Renzi coming to IMAGE Awards Gala

John Sayles and Maggie Renzi coming to IMAGE Awards Gala

Of this things keeping us busy at IMAGE leading up to this year’s Atlanta Film Festival in April is the IMAGE Film Awards Gala–an annual fundraising event on April 17, at the Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom, two days before opening night of the festival.

The annual awards gala is an important annual fundraiser for the organizaiton–and we are honored that John Sayles and Maggie Renzi have agreed to accept the Ossie Davis Award, presented by Charles S. Dutton.

Here’s our official press release…and anyone who wants to support IMAGE, even if you won’t be in the ATL, donate online.



SAYLES AND RENZI to be recognized for creative excellence and dynamic contributions to the art of cinema, promoting human dignity and social justice

ATLANTA, Ga.,–IMAGE announces that John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will be the recipients of the Ossie Davis Award to be presented at the 7th IMAGE Film Awards Gala in advance of the Atlanta Film Festival (April 19-28, 2007).

The Ossie Davis Award, named after the late actor and activist, recognizes creative excellence and dynamic contributions to the art of cinema. The recipient of the Ossie Davis Award must also typify the award’s namesake, who through his creative achievements, promoted human dignity and social justice.

Distinguished actor Charles S. Dutton, who stars in Sayles and Renzi’s forthcoming film HONEYDRIPPER, will present Sayles and Renzi with the prestigious Award at the 7th IMAGE Film Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 17 at the Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom

“We are honored that legendary independent filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will accept the Ossie Davis Award at this year’s Gala,” said Gabriel Wardell, IMAGE Executive Director. “With a body of work, ranging from BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET to SILVER CITY, from MATEWAN to PASSION FISH, their films are defined by a commitment to human dignity and social justice.” He continues, “We are especially pleased that Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Charles S. Dutton will present Sayles and Renzi with this well deserved honor.”

The IMAGE Film Awards Gala, now in its 7th year is IMAGE’s largest annual fundraising event. Its proceeds support the Atlanta Film Festival and many year-round programs and services IMAGE provides. Previous recipients of the Ossie Davis Award include Cicely Tyson, Spike Lee, and Dallas Austin.

In addition to the Ossie Davis Award, the IMAGE Film Awards Gala will also recognize the following for their achievement in Southeastern media arts: Will Packer, Producer, Rainforest Films (STOMP THE YARD, THE GOSPEL); Kenny Blank, Executive Director, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival; and the Georgia Production Partnership.

For tickets and information for the IMAGE Awards Gala at the Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom on April 17, call 404.352.4225, or go to

For Film Festival passes and information go to, or visit the Main Ticket Box Office at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. For additional information log on to or call 404.352.4225.

About the Atlanta Film Festival
The Atlanta Film Festival, presented by Turner Broadcasting, is a World-class event, infused with Southern hospitality. Introducing audiences to some of the most exciting and innovative media created, ranging from the hilarious to the visually arresting, from the provocative to the boldly experimental, the Atlanta Film Festival has become one of the country’s premiere showcases for work by independent media artists in the United States and abroad.

Since 1977, the Atlanta Film Festival has brought independent and international works to increasingly diverse Southeastern audiences. As the largest and longest-running film festival in the Southeast, the Atlanta Film Festival has served two parallel, and equally important functions: developing audiences for new, independent, experimental and otherwise under-represented media by showcasing works by emerging filmmakers; building the foundation for Atlanta’s active production community by serving as a beacon for Southeastern media artists.

Featuring prestigious juried awards—the Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy Award® qualifying festival—the AFF will screen more than 150 films culled from over 1,400 submissions, with upwards of 70 participating filmmakers and diverse audiences of 20,000+ people.

The 31st Atlanta Film Festival runs April 19–28, 2007 in midtown Atlanta at the conveniently located Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

IMAGE Film & Video Center is a 501(c) 3 non-for-profit charitable membership based organization dedicated to fostering independent and alternative film and video as unique forms of individual expression. For over 30 years IMAGE has served the independent filmmaking community with affordable workshops, screenings, salons, fiscal sponsorships, screenplay critiquing services, the Southeastern Media Award.

Major funding for IMAGE is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts with appropriation from the Georgia General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This and future press releases will be available in the Press Room at



Garrin Hirschhorn
IMAGE Film & Video
(404) 352-4225 x302

Marci Miller
Allied Advertising,
Public Relations
(404) 975-4201

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