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Catalina Film Festival founder Ron Truppa realizes that it’s a crowded time to be introducing a new sprocket opera into the world, but he believes the three-year-old Catalina event, which ran Sept. 18-22 on the resort island, has potential that other fests don’t.
Located just a one-hour ferry ride from Los Angeles, Catalina benefits from a long tradition of attracting celebs away from the demands of city life — an asset Truppa and his team used to draw Kate Bosworth out for a screening of “Big Sur” and director Nick Cassavetes to “Yellow,” which world premiered more than a year earlier in Toronto. The island also served as one of Hollywood’s first locations, appearing in everything from swashbucklers to “Jaws.” Truppa projected a DVD of Spielberg’s shark-attack classic on the Avalon beach for a small crowd of vacationers Saturday night.
With an emphasis on indies and short films, »
- Peter Debruge
Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau were two honorees at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival, which ran September 18-23 in the small town of Avalon on the island of Catalina, located southwest of the Los Angeles Basin. Stone, best known for her role as Michael Douglas’ bisexual lover-cum-murderess in Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct, received the Stanley Kramer "Social Artist" Award. Kramer was a producer-director whose movies tackled social issues, e.g., racism in The Defiant Ones and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, nuclear weapons in On the Beach, and the post-World War II Nazi trials in Judgment at Nuremberg. Actor-director Jon Favreau, best known as the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, both starring Robert Downey Jr., was the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Icon Award. As an actor, Favreau’s comedies include I Love You, Man, with Paul Rudd »
- Anna Robinson
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