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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Scarlett Johansson to Receive 2016 Renaissance Award From Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago,IL)
SCARLETT JOHANSSON TO RECEIVE 2016 RENAISSANCE AWARD FROM
GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER SATURDAY, JUNE 11
“Celebrate Scarlett,” the GSFC’s Annual Benefit Features Intimate Conversation
at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
CHICAGO — The
Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago (SAIC) will celebrate one of Hollywood’s most talented young
actresses when it pays tribute to Tony and BAFTA winner and four-time
Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, Saturday, June
11, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.). “Celebrate
Scarlett” will pay tribute to Johansson’s accomplishments as an actor as
well as give attendees the opportunity to hear an intimate conversation
providing insights into her creative process and influences, favorite
roles, upcoming projects and more. A retrospective of film clips from
some of her most memorable performances will accompany the conversation
highlighting her illustrious career. The evening will culminate with the
presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Johansson by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey and GSFC Advisory Board Chair Ellen Sandor.
“Scarlett Johansson has created some of the most memorable roles of our generation,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin.
“Her diverse body of work speaks to how versatile and multifaceted she
is, and the way she has stretched herself in all genres of acting, both
on the screen and the stage, shows the depth of her talent. The GSFC was
honored to host advanced screenings of two of Johansson’s most
memorable performances, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Lost in
Translation,” and we are honored to celebrate her with this special
Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker
who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have
included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the
film industry today, including Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Bob Balaban, John Woo, Michael Mann and William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.
The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Marlene Iglitzen and Ellen Kollar. The chair of the GSFC Advisory Board is Ellen Sandor.
All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s curated film
programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting
scholars and filmmakers. This programming provides the opportunity for
students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film
presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures
that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and
film-related events in Chicago.
The Renaissance Award was designed specifically for the Gene Siskel
Film Center by R.S. Owens & Company, creator of the Oscar®
About Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is a Tony and BAFTA award winner and four-time
Golden Globe nominee. She was most recently seen in the title role of
Luc Besson’s globally successful action-thriller “Lucy.” Her other film
credits include “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Under the Skin,”
“Her,” “Lost in Translation,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Ghost World,”
“The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Chef,” “The Avengers,” “Don Jon,”
“Hitchcock,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “Iron Man 2,” “In Good Company,” “A Love
Song for Bobby Long,” “Match Point,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,”
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Spirit,” “Girl
with a Pearl Earring,” “The Island,” “The Black Dahlia,” “The Prestige”
and “The Nanny Diaries.” She won a Tony for her Broadway debut in the
Arthur Miller play “A View from a Bridge” and took on the role of
‘Maggie’ in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” for her second run on Broadway. She
can be seen in three upcoming releases including the latest Coen
Brothers film “Hail, Caesar!,” as the voice of python ‘Kaa’ in Disney’s
upcoming live action/CGI animation adaptation of “The Jungle Book” and
as the lead role in “Ghost in the Shell” out in 2017. She will also
reprise her role as ‘Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow’ in “Captain
America: Civil War.”
Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of Scarlett
Johansson Saturday, June 11 at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson
Street. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table
sponsorships range in price from $7,500 to $50,000. Call (312) 846-2072
for tickets, tables or more information.
About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual
audience of 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film
festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures,
premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers,
restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and
insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists.
Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 100
filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene
Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film
critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org
to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has
been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists,
designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts
graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC
provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as
world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum,
on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s
undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the
freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago
and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as
Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia
O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.