✿ The 17th Annual Temecula Film Fest will honor Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated actress Virginia Madsen at the fest’s Black Tie Gala. She started her career in 1984 in David Lynch’s adaption of “Dune,” but had her break-through with the 1986 film “Fire with Fire.” Madsen is best known for her character Maya in 2004′ Sideways, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award, and won an Independent Spirit Award.
✿ Festival Director Jo Moulton said “Virginia Madsen has developed into one of this generation’s finest actresses. She brings unique versatility to each of her roles and she continues to raise the bar in both film and television. We are delighted to honor the 2011 Founder’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award to Virginia Madsen.”
✿Virginia Madsen will be honored with the Founder’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award on Sunday, September 18, at the annual Black-Tie Gala held at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. The festival runs from Sept. 14 – 18. For more information, click here.
Members of the Hollywood community, including Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen and Noah Wyle, will gather to commemorate the events of Sept. 11 with a reading of Windows On The World, under the wingof the Blank Theatre.
The Blank will present Colette Keen’s drama Sept. 12 at 8 PM at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Kirsten Sanderson will direct. Windows On The World is being presented as part of the Blank’s new play development program, the Living Room Series.
✿ According to playwright Keen, “This verbatim play focuses on the previously unheard perspectives of individuals who were in New York on 9/11. Windows On The Worldwas inspired by two of my friends: Alicia Titus, a flight attendant, who died on the second plane that flew into the towers, and Judy Kaplan, who brought perspective, humor and wisdom to the day’s events with her tales of walking home from downtown to Queens and how her life has changed since. Poets, lawyers, administrators, artists, and fire fighters have shared their experiences and describe how their lives have changed as a result of this day of de-enlightenment. Also, for the first time, you will get to hear the first call to 911 dispatch made by FDNY firefighter (Ret.) John Jermyn, who shares his story of surviving the collapse of the towers.”
For tickets, priced $50-$75, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
East Coast Independent Film has started a new program at UConn that helps independent filmmakers find an audience. This is the second screening of a Connecticut made film for this new “Screening & Talk Back Program” started by “East Coast Independent Film” director Alexander J. Andriulli.
On Monday, March 28, from 6-9 p.m., there will be a screening of the Connecticut-made independent film “Being Michael Madsen” which features the actors Michael Madsen, Virginia Madsen, and Daryl Hannah at the UConn Student Union Theater. This event will be open to the public.
The program is hosted by the UConn student union body of government film committee. Purpose for this program: To help generate tangible growth for the film industry on the East Coast. This program is similar to what a major film studio would do to help promote its upcoming films. It connects the filmmakers to college students who can help spread the word about their film, which gives the filmmakers access to a larger audience. The more revenue the company makes the more likely they are to make more projects here on the East Coast.