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San Francisco Film Society to Honor Spike Lee at 50th Fest Anniversary

San Francisco Film Society to Honor Spike Lee at 50th Fest Anniversary

Director Spike Lee will receive the San Francisco Film Society‘s directing award during the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival, which will hold its 50th edition April 26 – May 10. The award will be presented to Lee at Film Society Awards Night, a fundraising gala, on Thursday, May 3 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel benefitting the Society’s Education Program. In addition to the Lee honor, the SFFS will honor a soon-to-be-announced recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for a brilliant acting career; Peter Morgan, recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting; and George Lucas, recipient of the one-time-only Irving M. Levin Award honoring a “man who embodies the iconoclastic spirit of the festival founder.” “Spike Lee is a masterful director and one of the most important filmmakers of our generation,” said Graham Leggat, SFFS executive director in a statement. “No American director of the last 25 years has done more to lever open and examine the inner workings of American society than he has.” [Brian Brooks]

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