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November 9, 2012

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Nick Harkin/Carly Leviton

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Vivian Teng

Chicago International Film Festival

312.683.0121, ext. 115

vteng@chicagofilmfestival.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL KUTZA TO RECEIVE SYDNEY POLLACK AWARD

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL HOLLYWOOD

The Chicago International Film Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director will be presented

with the Award November 15 at the American Cinematheque’s annual gala

CHICAGO (November 2) –American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, will present Chicago International Film Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza with the 2012 Sydney Pollack Award on November 15, 2012. The award will be given at the Cinematheque’s Annual Fundraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. which will honor actor/director Ben Stiller.

"The Sydney Pollack Award honors someone who has been of critical importance and continuing influence in non-profit film exhibition, film preservation and/or independent film distribution – people whose work Sydney supported and found to be so valuable, who are not often recognized for their efforts. And there’s no one who better represents Sydney’s commitment to the art of film than Michael," said Rick Nicita.

"I am honored by this recognition. Sydney was a dear friend of the Chicago International Film Festival from the mid-80s on, helping us with our film tributes," said Michael Kutza. "No matter what he was doing he would always make time to listen and share ideas with me, fueling my own passion for cinema."

About the Sydney Pollack Award

The Sydney Pollack Award is presented by the American Cinematheque in honor of Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) whose long-standing support and early leadership on the Cinematheque Board of Directors was instrumental in ensuring the Cinematheque’s future. He was a member of the Board of Directors for 24 years (1984 to 2008) and served as Chairman of the Board from 1985 to 1993.

 

His involvement with the American Cinematheque grew out of his belief in the importance of the proper exhibition of all kinds of films – old and new, American, foreign, independent, etc., in an atmosphere that encouraged a dialogue between filmmakers and the audience. He was also very aware of the importance of film preservation and independent filmmaking, and was a founding Board member of The Sundance Institute and the Film Foundation.

 

The 2008 Sydney Pollack Award was presented to Geoffrey Gilmore, who was Director of the Sundance Film Festival when he received the award. The 2010 Sydney Pollack Award was presented to Tom Luddy, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Telluride Film Festival.

 

About Michael Kutza

Michael Kutza is an award-winning filmmaker, a graphic designer and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival. In addition, he has been involved in other film festivals internationally, in such diverse locations as Taormina, Tehran, Moscow, Manila, Bogota, Los Angeles, Cannes, Berlin and Jerusalem, and has served as an advisor to a number of other festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival. From 1979 to 1991, he served Italian journal II Tempo as its American film correspondent.

In 1964, Michael Kutza founded the Chicago International Film Festival, subsequently serving as its director. Through its early years, Kutza personally screened and selected the films that would be shown at the Festival. It was during this period, in 1967, that Kutza viewed and selected for its world-premiere I Call First, the first film of director Martin Scorsese, which would later be expanded and rereleased as Who's That Knocking at My Door.

Kutza has received a number of honors for his cultural achievements. Among them, in 1972, Kutza received the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and in 1978 the Chicago Sun-Times' "Exceptional Contribution to Chicago" award. In 1985, Jack Lang, then the French Minister of Culture, bestowed the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres upon him during the Cannes Film Festival for his work in promoting the fine arts.

 

In 1995, he was a member of the jury at the 45th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1996, the city of Chicago honorarily designated S. Michigan Ave. from Van Buren to Congress as "Michael J. Kutza Way." In 2009, Kutza was honored by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois as one of its "Legendary Landmarks", a title bestowed on "citizens who have made contributions to the civic and cultural life of Chicago and Illinois." In 2010, Kutza accepted the "Media Award" from the Niagara Foundation's Peace & Dialogue Awards. The same year, Chicago Magazine included Kutza on their list of "Top 40 Chicago Pioneers," alongside Oprah, President Barack Obama, Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, and Gene Siskel.

 

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About American Cinematheque
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

PRESS CREDENTIALS ARE CLOSED FOR 2012.

PRESS CREDENTIALS:

To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment, include the name of the outlet and when the coverage will air/appear in print, plus complete contact information. No verbal requests will be accepted. If you need to e-mail your request, it will only be accepted if you have a PDF of your assignment letter on letterhead.

If you have never covered this event before, please be sure to include a web link to your media outlet with sample red carpet coverage and to follow all of the instructions for making a request.

Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737, no later than 6 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Requests to cover the event must be received by November 2. Credentials will be confirmed the week of November 5, 2012.

Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm

PRESS CREDENTIALS:

Contact for the American Cinematheque:

Margot Gerber

323.461.2020 x115

publicity@americancinematheque.com

Ben Stiller is represented by Liz Mahoney at ID PR 323.822.4831

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PRESS CREDENTIALS:

Please read this information carefully. If you submit an incomplete we will not be able to process it. To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment, include the name of the outlet and when the coverage will air/appear in print, plus complete contact information. No verbal requests will be accepted. If you need to e-mail your request, it will only be accepted if you have a PDF of your assignment letter on letterhead.

If you have never covered this event before, please be sure to include a web link to your media outlet with sample red carpet coverage and to follow all of the instructions for making a request.

Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737, no later than 6 PM on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Registration forms will be available in mid-September, so there is no need to submit until September 1. We will not be processing credentials until late September. Credentials will be confirmed the week of November 5, 2012.

Press credentials will not be accepted until September 1, 2012.

Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm

 

PRESS CREDENTIALS CONTACT:

Contact for the American Cinematheque:

Margot Gerber

323.461.2020 x115

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Ben Stiller is represented by Liz Mahoney at ID PR 323.822.4831

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Press credentials will not be accepted until September 1, 2012. No e-mailed or verbal requests can be honored at this time.

 

PRESS CREDENTIALS:

Detailed information about obtaining press credentials to cover the red carpet for this event can be found here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/pressreleases/2001/credentialrqst.htm (To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form. Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. )

 

CONTACTS:

Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque Publicist (Press Request Inquiries)

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