King Vidor & Independent Film Awards

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Join us for a festive evening as we celebrate winning films and our 2014 King Vidor Award recipient on the stage of the historic Fremont Theatre. KSBY-TV’s Dan Shadwell will be the MC for the George Sidney Independent Film Awards, presented each year in several categories, juried by film and media professionals. Major festival sponsors and City officials will be on hand to present awards, which include the Audience Choice Awards, based on votes collected during the first four days of the festival.

JB Headshot 2013After a short intermission, former King Vidor Award recipient, James Cromwell, will present the 2014 King Vidor Award for Career Achievement to Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges! The award presentation will be followed by a conversation with Jeff Bridges, and then a screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI.

One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Jeff Bridges performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer —deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.  The performance also earned him the Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead Actor.

He earned his first Oscar® nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show,” co-starring Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Three years later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for “Starman”; that performance also earned him a Golden Globe nomination.  In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar® nomination for his role in “The Contender,” Rod Lurie’s political thriller, co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.

In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed western “True Grit” landed him his sixth Oscar® nomination. His list of credits is long and impressive! He recently wrapped production on “The Giver” opposite Meryl Streep, based on the children’s novel by Lois Lowry. The film has been a passion project for more than a decade and he is serving as a producer.

In his “spare time”, Bridges plays with his band The Abiders and has played in San Luis Obispo several times in the past couple of years to enthusiastic audiences at SLO Brewing Co. and the Fremont Theatre. He is also a very talented photographer, artist and an inspiring humanitarian. He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to this charity in his honor.

Saturday, March 8, 7:00pm Fremont Theatre
$15 General / $10 Students & SLOIFF Film Society
Tickets are no longer available online but there will be tickets available at the Fremont Theatre box office, beginning at 6:45pm on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Only Movie Mogul, Sponsor Mogul and Filmmaker Passes accepted

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Rub elbows with the 2014 King Vidor honoree and special guests, and SLOIFF filmmakers while enjoying fine wines and great food in the cozy setting of the SLO Masonic Lodge. Magician Rich Ferguson will be working the room while a SLO Jazz Festival duo entertains.

Saturday, March 8, 9:00pm
SLO Masonic Lodge, 859 Marsh St. San Luis Obispo

$35 General / $25 Students & SLOIFF Film Society – Tickets are no longer available in advance  but will be available at the door.
Only Movie Mogul Passes accepted.

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