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– Annette Bening will be honored with the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement at the Annual Artios Awards, presented by the Casting Society of America in Los Angeles on January 19, 2017. Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Grifters.” She is a two-time Golden Globe winner for “Being Julia” and “The Kids Are All Right,” a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award winner for best actress in “American Beauty” and a 2006 Emmy Award nominee for her role in “Mrs. Harris.”
“Annette has taken on roles which have changed cultural conversations,” Richard Hicks, president of CSA, said in a statement. “She is an actress of great bravery and passion, and her work shows what’s possible when a remarkable actress meets the right opportunity.” This year, Bening has appeared in Mike Mills’s “20th Century Women” and “Rules Don’t Apply,” written and directed by her husband, Warren Beatty.
– Ridley Scott will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction, the top honor of the Directors Guild of America, at the DGA Awards on February 4, 2017 in Los Angeles. Just 34 directors have been recognized with the award during the 80-year history of the DGA, including: Cecil B. DeMille (1953), Frank Capra (1959), Alfred Hitchcock (1968), Orson Welles (1984), Billy Wilder (1985), Steven Spielberg (2000), Martin Scorsese (2003), and most recently Miloš Forman (2013).
“Masterful in any genre, Ridley’s groundbreaking methods and peerless directing instincts have brought to life some of the most memorable films of our time, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and captivating the hearts and minds of audiences around the world,” DGA president Paris Barclay said in a statement. “Stunning visuals, immersive worlds and powerful performances underpin his diverse body of work which ranges from ‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Thelma & Louise’ to ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and, most recently, ‘The Martian.’”
Scott has received DGA and Academy Award Best Director nominations for his work on “Black Hawk Down”, “Gladiator” and “Thelma & Louise,” as well as a DGA Award nomination for his most recent film, “The Martian.”
– The San Francisco Film Society has announced the latest group of individuals and institutions to be added to Essential SF, the society’s ongoing compendium of the Bay Area film community’s most vital figures and institutions. This year’s inductees are:
Peter Bratt, an award-winning screenwriter and independent filmmaker whose first feature “Follow Me Home” premiered in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature that same year at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The Center for Asian American Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television, and digital media.
Pamela Gentile, a photographer who has been photographing the San Francisco International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival and San Francisco Silent Film Festival, among others, for the past 30 years. Her photos of film festivals have appeared locally and internationally in Vanity Fair and The New York Times and are collected in a permanent exhibition in San Francisco’s Presidio.
Carrie Lozano, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist, who facilitates the Bay Area Video Coalition’s National MediaMaker Fellowship and works with the International Documentary Association to help identify ways to support filmmakers working in journalism. Lozano was executive producer for documentaries at Al Jazeera America and senior producer of the network’s investigative series “Fault Lines,” where her team garnered numerous awards, including an Emmy, a Peabody, and several Headliner Awards. Her most recent film, “The Ballad of Fred Hersch,” premiered at Full Frame in 2016.
George M. Rush is an attorney dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers, stewarding them in the business and legal issues to make films both commercial and artistic successes. His clients include producers, directors, screenwriters, and investors in development, production, and distribution phases of filmmaking.
Joel Shepard has served as Film/Video Curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts since 1997. He was named “Best Local Film Programmer” by SF Weekly, and in 2014 the San Francisco Film Critics Circle gave him the Marlon Riggs Award for Courage & Vision in the Bay Area Film Community. He co-curates “New Filipino Cinema,” the largest annual showcase of independent film from the Philippines.