2011 SRIFF Awards
Aung San Suu Kyi – Robert and Margrit Mondavi Peace & Cultural Understanding Award
1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Burma will receive SRIFF’s seventh Robert and Margrit Mondavi Peace and Cultural Understanding Award. The award is to be accepted on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi by Stephen Collins.
Sally Kirkland – Career Achievement Award
Sally is best known for Anna, which garnered her the 1987 “Best Actress” Oscar nomination, and the wins for the “Best Actress” Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Awards. She started her career as the youngest member of The Actor’s Studio in the early ‘60s, training with Lee Strasberg. Sally played alongside Kevin Costner in Revenge and in JFK, with Cicely Tyson and Lisa Kudrow in The Heat of Passion, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jenna Elfman in EdTV, and with Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. Sally teaches acting, produces and directs numerous projects. She is a painter (her paintings are exhibited in the FHL), a poet and a reverend for the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness.
Stephen Collins – Cinema of Conscience Award
Stephen Collins is a co-founder of Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group made up of American entertainment industry members. The group educates leaders in the arts community on First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education. Collins starred in 7th Heaven, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, First Wives Club, Because I Said So, and more. He brings his first film Next of Kin to SRIFF.
Veronica Diaz-Carranza – Rising Star Award
We are thrilled to welcome to Veronica Diaz-Carranza to Santa Rosa, for the Northern California premiere of Mamitas, by award-winning filmmakers from Chapman University. Veronica is a rising star to watch.
Michael has authored books on Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Jacques Tourneur, Raoul Walsh, and Borzage. His documentaries include A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, In Search of Kundun with Martin Scorsese (a 1998 WCFF award winner), and Clint Eastwood, le franc-tireur. Michael brings to SRIFF his most recent documentary Reconciliation: Mandela’s Miracle.
Originally planning to attend medical school, Brad realized that he wanted to work in the arts. He discovered several films made on zero-budgets and as a result he made the extraordinary Currency on a shoestring budget. Brad is a true SRIFF filmmaker discovery!
Joshua is a masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative into his films. His unique style is captivating and will heighten one’s sense of self. He brings to SRIFF Heaven’s Mirror, completing his music documentary trilogy. Tango Illusions received the 2005 Wine Country Film Festival “Best CineLatino” Award.
“Using our experiences as guideposts we trust our instincts and imagination in our approach to making movies. Staying true to the script story, allowing it to direct us, and letting everyone involved influence the process, we enable ourselves to be creative in every step of making the film.” Michael brings his third feature film, East Fifth Bliss to SRIFF.
Santa Rosa International Film Festival 2011 Award Winners
ARTS IN FILM AWARDS
Grand Prize CINE LATINO