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Oliver Stone, Ellen Barkin, Alec Baldwin confirmed for Savannah Film Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com:The Savannah Film Festival revealed today that Oliver Stone, Lily Tomlin, James Marsden and Ellen Barkin will be honored at the 14th Annual event, scheduled to be held Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 in Savannah, Ga. Alec Baldwin, James Toback, Famke Janssen and Universal Pictures President Ron Meyer also have been confirmed as special guests to the event.

We now have an official release, which confirms the titles screening as part of Savannah’s gala series. Audiences can expect to see Michel Hazanavicius’ winning, black-and-white silent film “The Artist;” Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the stage play “Carnage;” David Cronenberg’s sexually charged “A Dangerous Method,” with Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender; Sam Levinson’s Sundance entry “Another Happy Day” (starring Barkin); and Drake Doremus’ Sundance romance, “Like Crazy.”

Here’s the release:

Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone (“Platoon,” “Wall Street”) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5,” “All of Me”) at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival. The festival, which will take place Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, will also honor Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Ellen Barkin (“The Big Easy,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award and actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) will receive a Spotlight Award.

Films to receive special gala screenings will include David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method;” Drake Doremus’ “Like Crazy,” winner of the Grand Jury and Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” winner of the Best Actor Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival; Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” winner of the Little Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival; and Sam Levinson’s “Another Happy Day,” starring festival honoree Ellen Barkin. The festival will also screen Agnieszka Holland’s “In Darkness,” Famke Janssen’s “Bringing Up Bobby,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk about Kevin,” Mark and Jay Duplass’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus.”

Special guests currently scheduled to attend are Alec Baldwin, Universal Pictures President Ron Meyer, James Toback and Famke Janssen.

Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, nonprofit, accredited, degree-granting university, the Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. From feature-length films to two-minute shorts, the annual festival presents a full range of cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers.

During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career. The university offers the only major film program in the United States integrated within an acclaimed art and design university. In the past seven years, the university has been one of the top 10 U.S. film schools in producing Student Academy Award finalists.

The Savannah Film Fest has become a must-attend for East Coast film fans. Over the past six years, the fest has premiered two Pedro Almodovar films, as well as films by Robert Redford and Woody Allen. In recent years, they have screened such eventual Oscar nominees as “127 Hours,” “Babel,” “Black Swan,” “Precious,” “Sideways,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Wrestler” and “Up in the Air.”

Individual tickets for the 2011 Savannah Film Festival will go on sale 10 a.m., Oct. 3, 2011 and can be purchased at the Trustees Theater Box Office, 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah, Georgia, online at savannahboxoffice.com, or by phone at 912.525.5050.

Morning and afternoon screenings and panels will be $5 for the general public; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. The price for tickets to the evening screenings will be $10 for the general public and $5 for SCAD students, professors and staff with a valid SCAD ID. Group discounts are available.

The schedule, which is subject to change, will be available Oct. 3 on the Savannah Film Festival website. For more information on the festival, visit scad.edu/filmfest.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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