An Academy Award, Golden Globe, and multiple Emmy nominee, Greg Kinnear has brought depth, charisma, and intelligence to characters who engage audiences on multiple emotional levels. He’ll discuss his journey to his highly-anticipated directorial debut, PHIL, the 2019 SFF Closing Night film.
SWING TIME IN LIMOUSIN is a story through the eyes of Jean Marie-Masse of how friendship and music transcend boundaries. A French drummer, Jean-Marie Mass helped unconditionally promote black American music during a time when segregation and racism were terribly active.
The community is invited to discover a hidden but exciting part of its past at a fundraiser for the film program in Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts magnet. All proceeds go to the program. A reception and discussion will follow a showing of the documentary “Into the Storm.” The film explores the year that changed Booker and the city, as the teenage Tornadoes fight to bring home a state title – and stop the forces threatening to close their school.
Wendie Malick has graced our screens with an illustrious film and television career gaining prominence on the small screen as Nina Van Horn in “Just Shoot Me” which earned her 1 Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations. Wendie also starred in “Hot in Cleveland” earning a People’s Choice Award and SAG nomination for Best Ensemble as well as “Dream On” earning 4 Cable Ace Awards. Other television credits include, “Frasier,” “Big Day,” “Good Company,” “Rush Hour,” with recurring arcs on “This Is Us,” “The Ranch,” “American Housewife,” “Pitch,” “Darrow and Darrow,” and “NYPD Blue.” Wendie’s television guest appearances include “Seinfeld,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Mom,” “CSI,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “LA Law,” and “The X-Files.” Animated television credits include appearances on “Jimmy Neutron,” Spongebob Squarepants,” and “Bojack Horseman” which received an Annie Nomination.
Her career on the big screen includes credits such as “Adventureland,” “Fifty-Nothing,” “Jerome,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Waiting,” “Racing Stripes,” “The American President,” “On Edge,” “Trojan Wars,” “Raising Genius,” “Mr. Mikes Mondo Video,” “A Little Sex,” “The Goods,” “Bugsy,” “Funny About Love,” “The Emperor’s New Groove” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
Wendie’s theatre credits include off broadway renditions of “Burleigh Grimes” and “North Shore Fish,” “Big Night” at the Kirk Douglas Theater, “The Underpants” at the Geffen, “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas” at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, “The Santaland Diaries” at the Coast Playhouse, “Love Letters” at the Laguna Playhouse, “The Guys” at the Studio Arena and Columbia University, “Blithe Spirit” and “What Is The Cause Of Thunder” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as “Closure” at the New Jersey Reperatory Theatre.
Malick’s passion for animal and humanitarian efforts is shown through her work on the Board of The Environmental Media Association, as well as being a spokesperson for The Humane Society of the United States and Return to Freedom, a wild horse sanctuary and advocacy group.
Across several decades and almost every genre, RICHARD JENKINS has brought his distinctive portrayals of American everymen and extraordinary characters to film and TV, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination, a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. His incisive performances have lit up films as varied as Intolerable Cruelty, The Visitor, Step Brothers, Eat Pray Love, and The Shape of Water. He’ll discuss his creative journey through stage and screen, his many memorable roles, and his newest film, SFF Closing Night selection The Last Shift.
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