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iW NEWS | Cheadle To Receive Spirit of Independence Award

iW NEWS | Cheadle To Receive Spirit of Independence Award

The Los Angeles Film Festival announced that Don Cheadle will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award for “his outstanding work and contributions to the film industry.” The Spirit of Independence Award will be presented to Cheadle at the Festival Awards Ceremony on June 29, 2008. “Don Cheadle has created extraordinary work in his career as an actor and producer,” said Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, which produces LAFF, in a statement. “This honorary award is a gesture of our appreciation for his diligence and determination to produce consistently brilliant work for the film world.” Previous recipients of the award include George Clooney, Charlize Theron and Clint Eastwood. The Festival also announced that Antonio Banderas, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Rob Reiner will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. The Honorary Chair is presented to those who exemplify “outstanding artistic achievement in film.” The festival runs June 19-29, 2008. [Peter Knegt]

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