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Morgan Freeman – Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-aftra's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. »
Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.”
Freeman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear and a Kennedy Center Honor. SAG-aftra made the announcement Tuesday.
“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award,” said SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris. “Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part. He is innovative, fearless »
- Dave McNary
Two short documentaries from the history-making director, producer, reporter, and writer Madeline Anderson will be shown at this year’s American Black Film Festival (Abff). According to Shadow and Act, Anderson’s “I Am Somebody” and “Integration Report 1” will be presented at the fest by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Anderson and the museum’s curator of photography and film, Rhea Combs.
Anderson blazed several trails throughout her career. She was the first black employee hired at Wnet, a television station in New York. She was also “the first black woman to produce and direct a televised documentary film, the first black woman to produce and direct a syndicated television series, and one of the first black women to join the film editor’s union,” Shadow and Act summarizes. After proving herself as a reporter and filmmaker, she served as the in-house producer/director at “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company.” In addition, she helped establish Whmm-tv, now called Whut-tv, at the historically black college Howard University during the 1970s.
In 1960's “Integration Report 1” Anderson follows the build-up to the “first attempt” at a march for civil rights on Washington, D.C. “I Am Somebody,” made in 1970, is about the 400 African American women in Charleston, S.C. who — with the goals of fair pay and unionization — went on strike from their jobs as hospital workers. The strikers eventually drew the support of Coretta Scott King and activists Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young.
As Shadow and Act details, Anderson “worked entirely outside the Hollywood system, which she was critical of — notably of films that depicted the African American experience but weren’t made by African Americans.” However, her refusal to play Hollywood’s game did not slow her down or deter her from making work. Anderson’s other documentary directing credits are 1967’s “Malcolm X: Nationalist or Humanist?” and 1975’s “The Walls Came Tumbling Down.” She produced the series “The Infinity Factory” and “Al Manahil.” Anderson also served as editor on several of her projects.
“I really didn’t let gender and race issues bother me,” Anderson said of the obstacles she faced during her career in the 1997 book “Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers.” “I knew I would have trouble with both. I was determined to do what I was going to do at any cost. I kept plugging away. Whatever I had to do, I did it.”
The Abff will run June 14–18 at Miami Beach, Florida. Find out more and purchase passes at the fest website.
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- Rachel Montpelier
A Panel on Screenwriting: Features vs. TV Series
There has been an explosion in TV series over the last five years which has opened more opportunities worldwide to writers, directors and producers than feature film writing.
Paul Federbush, International Director, Feature Film Programs for Sundance Institute moderated a riveting panel of such TV/ feature writers as D.V. DeVincentes who wrote three episodes of the limited TV series (and exec produced five), “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” which won two Primetime Emmys and the feature “High Fidelity”; Erik Jendresen who won a Primetime Emmy for the miniseries “Band of Brothers” and is now working on a limited series which may go from four segments to eight; Naomi Foner who created “The Electric Company” aimed at children ages 7 to 10 to teach basic reading concepts to its young viewers. She won the Golden Globe for the screenplay and »
- Sydney Levine
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