30 September, 2012

Diane Lane, Matt Dillon, Michelle Monaghan among honorees at 2012 Savannah Film Festival

The 2012 Savannah Film Festival honorees clockwise from top left:
Diane Lane, Matt Dillon, Geoffrey Fletcher, Michelle Monaghan

No stranger to big Hollywood names, the Savannah Film Festival looks to keep business as usual this year. Oscar nominees Diane Lane and Matt Dillon will both receive Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards at this year's festival. You might recall that the two shared the big screen together several times in the 1980s, in "The Outsiders," "Rumble Fish" and "The Big Town."

Michelle Monaghan, who has starred in films such as "Source Code," "Gone Baby Gone," "Eagle Eye" and "Mission: Impossible III," will receive the Spotlight Award when her film "Tomorrow You're Gone" screens Friday, November 2nd. Willem Dafoe and Stephen Dorff also appear in the film.

Geoffrey Fletcher, who recently won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," will be honored with the Savannah College of Art and Design Cinevation Award. Fletcher will be there with his directorial debut, "Violet & Daisy." The film stars Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini. Gandolfini will be in attendance.

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns will also walk the red carpet at the festival. Turlington Burns has recently directed her first film, a documentary titled "No Woman, No Cry." The film will screen Monday, October 29th.

The full schedule is announced tomorrow when tickets go on sale. So far, my list of predictions is proving to be pretty accurate. "Silver Linings Playbook" will open the festival on October 27th. (Jennifer Lawrence is nearby in Atlanta filming "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Maybe she'll have a moment to hit the red carpet in Savannah?)  "Amour," "Flight," "Nobody Walks," "On the Road," "Quartet," "Rise of the Guardians," "Rust & Bone" and "The Sapphires" will all screen at the festival.

Check back tomorrow for more details!

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