Film Fest to honor Susan Sarandon

Posted on March 4, 2011 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Academy Award winning actress, Susan Sarandon will be this year’s recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sonoma International Film Festival.

“Susan Sarandon’s impressive ongoing contributions to the motion picture industry, social activism, and the exemplary manner that she conducts her private life makes her a worthy recipient of our Festival’s highest honor,” said Festival Director Kevin McNeely.

The Festival runs April 6 through 10.

“We look forward to welcoming Ms. Sarandon and having her enjoy our unique Festival where we celebrate the very best in film, food & wine,” McNeely said.

The event will host an evening in recognition of Sarandon’s cinematic accomplishments at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. The tribute will feature a montage of clips from her films followed by an on-stage discussion with Sarandon about her career and upcoming projects. The evening will close with the Festival Gala at the Sebastiani Winery.

Cevin Cathell, Festival program director said, “In both her art and her personal convictions, Ms. Sarandon is the ideal of what a star should be. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate her impressive life and career.”

Ms. Sarandon is the second recipient of the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bruce Willis was the first in 2009. SIFF has honored in the past Danny Glover, Michael Keaton, Matthew Modine, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner, Alexander Payne, Agnieszka Holland, Mark Romanek, Joe Pantoliano, Lauren Hutton, and John Lasseter.

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