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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Helen Mirren, Taylor Hackford Honored by Cinema/Chicago at May 24 Gala (Chicago,IL)
TO HONOR ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING ACTRESS HELEN MIRREN AND ACADEMY
AWARD®-WINNING DIRECTOR TAYLOR HACKFORD AT MAY 24 SPRING GALA
Celebratory Evening Features Intimate Conversation with Mirren and Hackford
Highlighting Their Illustrious Careers
Michael Kutza, Founder of Cinema/Chicago,
the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival,
today announced that the organization will honor two of the film
industry’s most celebrated artists, Academy Award®-winning actress Helen Mirren and Academy Award®-winning director Taylor Hackford,
Wednesday, May 24 at the Loews Hotel Chicago (455 N. Park Dr.).
Hackford and Mirren are married, having met when Hackford directed
Mirren in the 1985 film “White Nights,” which had its world premiere at
the Chicago International Film Festival that year.
For photos of the honorees or a downloadable press release, click here.
The star-studded evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception
and silent auction, followed by dinner and an intimate discussion.
Award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis will host the evening, which will
include an on-stage conversation with Mirren and Hackford, giving
insights into their individual experiences and approach to their craft,
along with iconic clips from their respective careers. At the conclusion
of the evening, both will be awarded Cinema/Chicago’s prestigious Gold
Hugo Award: Mirren’s for Career Achievement in Acting and Hackford’s for
Career Achievement in Directing. The Gala is co-chaired by Candace Jordan, Helen Melchior, and Gigi Pritzker.
“Helen Mirren is without question one of the most gifted actresses
working today; she has a chameleon-like ability to disappear into every
role, be it comedic or dramatic,” said Kutza. “In a
career that has lasted more than four decades, she has continuously
transfixed audiences with her poised, layered and mesmerizing
performances. Taylor Hackford has a long-standing history with
Cinema/Chicago, having debuted ‘The Idolmaker’ as the Opening Night film
at the 1980 Chicago International Film Festival. He then went on to
direct a series of remarkable films, including ‘An Officer and a
Gentleman,’ ‘Dolores Claiborne’ and ‘Ray.’ One of the things that sets
him apart is his ability to elicit some of film’s most impressive
performances. I am certain that the conversation between these two film
luminaries will be fascinating.”
About Helen Mirren Helen Mirren is one of the world’s most critically
acclaimed and popular actresses, most known for her Oscar-winning
performance as the formidable Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' “The
Queen.” Her career is as long as it is varied and distinguished, from
her tender early performance as a young Irish widow in 1984’s “Cal” to
her longstanding work as tough-as-nails detective Jane Tennison in the
1990s British TV series “Prime Suspect” to her provocative turns in
“Caligula” and “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.” More
recently, Mirren has proven herself just as adept in comedy, whether in
“The Madness of King George” and “Gosford Park,” or a host of action
romps, including “Red and this year’s “The Fate of the Furious.” Always
challenging expectations and equally skilled playing the powerful as the
vulnerable, she is one of the hardest working and most admired
performers of stage and screen.
About Taylor Hackford
Throughout his long and varied career, Taylor Hackford has
shaped some of the most iconic performances in American cinema,
starting with his 1980 feature debut “The Idolmaker,” which world
premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival, in which Ray
Sharkey played a magnetic rock promoter. Over the years, cinephiles can
thank Hackford for evoking similarly unforgettable performances from his
actors, including Louis Gossett, Jr. and Debra Winger in “An Officer
and a Gentleman,” Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in “White
Nights,” Kathy Bates in “Dolores Claiborne,” Al Pacino in “The Devil’s
Advocate,” and, perhaps most notably, Jamie Foxx’s stunning incarnation
of Ray Charles in 2004’s “Ray.” He has directed more than 20 films and
produced almost 30. Entertaining, engaging, funny and dramatic,
Hackford’s films span a wide range of subject matter, locations and
genres, but they always deliver compelling, dynamic and deeply
thoughtful stories about people struggling to come to terms with
personal or external limitations and achieve their dreams.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the year-round programs of Cinema/Chicago, including the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International Television Festival,CineYouth Festival, International Screenings, and Education Program.
Cinema/Chicago’s Education Program provides free film screenings to
more than 7,000 Chicago Public Schools annually as well as curriculum
support and study guides for educators.
Ticket and Event Information
Cinema/Chicago’s Spring Gala will be May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at the
Loews Hotel Chicago, 455 N. Park Drive. Individual tickets for
Cinema/Chicago’s spring gala are $400. Tables of 10 range in price from
$4,000 - $25,000 and include an array of benefits. Tickets and tables
are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 312-683-0121 x108 or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago
International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit arts and
education organization dedicated to fostering better communication
between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the
moving image. For more information, visit chicagofilmfestival.com.