2019 Independent Filmmaker & King Vidor Award Awards Night

Presented by BHE Renewables and JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery

Also sponsored by 93.3 KZOZ, New Times, Tribune, KSBY, The Movie Experience, Old San Luis BBQ, SLO Provisions, Windows on the Water, Big Sky, Luna Red / Novo / Mint+Craft, Arroyo Grande Bakery, Filipponi Ranch Vineyard, Stella Artois, Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Join us for a festive evening as we celebrate award-winning films and our 2019 King Vidor Award recipient, acclaimed actor
Alfred Molina!

Presented by BHE Renewables and JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, the King Vidor Award presentation will take place immediately after the George Sidney Independent Film Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 16 at 7:00pm at the Fremont Theater.

Following the presentation, Turner Classic Movies’ Ben Mankiewicz will host a discussion of Molina’s career including a number of his iconic film roles.

Molina is an accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances has led to a lengthy and triumphant career. Effortlessly moving between film, TV and theatre, Molina is an authentic artist who is able to morph into a diverse mix of nationalities and personalities.

Alfred Molina and Selma Hayak in “Frida”

As a chameleon actor, Molina possesses an uncanny ability to nail character driven roles. Some of his most unforgettable performances include his SAG Award-nominated performance as hedonistic Mexican muralist Diego Rivera in Julie Taymor’s rave reviewed multi-award nominated film FRIDA (2002) opposite Salma Hayek, deranged drug dealer Rahad Jackson in Paul Thomas Anderson’s modern classic BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), and comic book villain Doc Ock in Sam Raimi’s blockbuster hit sequel SPIDERMAN 2 (2004).

Molina as Doc Ock in “Spiderman 2”
With Harrison Ford in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Molina made his big screen debut in Steven Spielberg’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) which led to roles in Richard Donner’s LADYHAWKE (1985), Brian Gilbert’s NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER (1991), and his BAFTA nominated breakout role in Stephen Frears’ PRICK UP YOUR EARS (1987) opposite Gary Oldman and Vanessa Redgrave. Molina’s career continued to soar in the following decade with roles in Mike Newell’s ENCHANTED APRIL (1992), David Jones’ adaptation of Kafka’s novel THE TRIAL (1993), and Donner’s comic western MAVERICK (1994).

In 1999 Molina re-teamed with Anderson for the epic ensemble drama MAGNOLIA, which garnered a SAG nomination for the film’s cast including: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Juliann Moore.

Alfred Molina in “Boogie Nights”

The next decade found Molina continuing to add a seemingly never-ending stream of distinctive performances in such films as Lasse Hallström’s Oscar-nominated romantic comedy CHOCOLAT (2000), which resulted in a SAG nomination for the film’s cast (including Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench), and Ron Howard’s THE DA VINCI CODE (2006).

“An Education”

In 2009, Molina appeared in Lone Scherfig’s multi-award nominated AN EDUCATION, receiving a nomination from the BAFTA Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He followed the next year by working with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer on two blockbuster films for Disney, including Mike Newell’s PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (2010), and Jon Turtletaub;s THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (2010).

With co-star John Lithgow in “Love is Strange”

Molina has been recognized by the Creative Coalition with the Spotlight Award for his work in Independent Films at the Sundance debut of Francesca Gregorini’s THE TRUTH ABOUT EMMANUEL (2013) opposite Jessica Biel and also starred opposite John Lithgow in Ira Sach’s critically acclaimed film LOVE IS STRANGE (2014) for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

Tina Fey and Alfred Molina in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s comedy WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (2016) opposite Tina Fey, and Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut, PAINT IT BLACK (2016) further continued Molina’s penchant for demonstrating his versatility on the big screen. Most recently, Molina scored both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of director Robert Aldrich in Ryan Murphy’s FX series “Feud: Bette and Joan” opposite Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, following that with his portray of Ben Bradlee in Jason Reitman’s THE FRONT RUNNER (2018) last year.

The George Sidney Independent Film Awards, presented each year in several categories, are juried by film and media professionals. Major festival sponsors will be on hand to present the awards, and all winning films will screen at the Downtown Cinemas during the week after the festival (March 18-20) courtesy of the Sanborn Family/Downtown Centre Cinemas.

The evening will culminate with a screening of CHOCOLAT after the awards presentation and an Awards Night After-Party that will also begin right after the awards event at the SLO Museum of Art, an easy walk from the Fremont Theatre at 1010 Broad St. All full access passes will have priority access and then $50 rush tickets will be sold at the door. Wine, beer, martinis and food provided by local purveyors will be available and The Tipsy Gypsies will entertain with their unique blend of fabulous music.

BUY NOWSaturday, March 16
Fremont Theatre, SLO

$20 General / $15 Students
Movie Mogul (All Access) passes and Red Carpet tickets can be used for this Red Carpet Event.

Who Was King Vidor?
How do you summarize in one paragraph the life’s work and spirit of a filmmaker still listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific director of all time? King Vidor became a leader in a fledgling industry that began around the time he was born, in 1894. He was the first president of the Directors Guild of America, one of the few directors to successfully shift from the silent era to “talkies,” and was responsible for a mind-boggling number of enduring classics.

The King Vidor Award has been presented to a series of talented individuals who, in our eyes, fulfill the high standards set by this amazing man, who also had a passion for the Central Coast and his ranch in Paso Robles, now Whalebone Winery. We are proud to have him as a namesake for our annual award for “excellence in filmmaking.”

King Vidor’s HALLELUJAH will be hosted by Kirk Honeycutt on Sat. March 16 at 1:30pm at the Palm Theatre and Sunday, March 17 at 4:00pm at the Park Cinemas.