Lake Arrowhead Film festival honorees

Festival Events

                                                                      Filmmakers Meet and Greet Reception
                                                                                  Hosted by Ernie Hudson
                                                                      Friday, May 18, 2012 – 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Join us for this rare opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the industry's most talented filmmakers and aficionados. This special opening night event will be hosted by actor Ernie Hudson and held in the spectacular lobby of the Lake Arrowhead Resort. Meet the filmmakers, learn about their films, the inspiration behind them, where they were filmed, and more. The price of admission includes cocktails, a delectable buffet and the opening night film.


Opening Night Film "Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur:  A Personal Journey"
Executive Producer:  Fraser C. Heston
Writer/Director/Producer:  Laurent Bouzereau
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 8:00 PM

Please join us for a special screening of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s “Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur:  A Personal Journey.”  This is a unique opportunity for audiences to view this rare, behind-the-scenes look at Charlton Heston's life while filming the 11 Academy Award-winning epic film "Ben-Hur".  Heston's story is told by his son Fraser's narration of Charlton's personal diary, never-before-seen 16 mm footage shot by his wife Lydia Clarke Heston, and photos from the Heston family archives.  This feature-length documentary is directed by world-renowned documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau. Executive producer, Fraser C. Heston and vice president of Special Features for Warner Home Video, Paul Hemstreet will particpate in the Q & A after the screening.

Red Carpet Event and West Coast Premiere
"The Last Gamble"
Director: Joe E. Goodavage
Producers: Phil Malindrino, Nick Mancuso, April DiGiorgio, Joe E. Goodavage
Executive Producer: Robert DeMarco
Actors: Steven Bauer, Tanya Clarke, Nick Mancuso, Sally Kirkland, Kathrine Narducci, John Savage, and Ray Abruzzo.
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 10:00 PM

A gambler turns to a beautiful psychiatrist to help him break his gambling addition, which has led him to live on the edge, owe money to the mob, and head down a desperate path with no way out. Join director Joe E. Goodavage, producer April DiGiorgio, and actors Steven Bauer, Nick Mancuso, Sally Kirkland and John Savage for this special Red Carpet Event and Q & A following the screening.

                                                                            Visual Storytelling In The Digital Age                                                                                                Student and Filmmaker Seminar and Panel Discussion
                                                   Presented by: Larry Mole Parker, Lisa Wiegand and David Waldman
                                                                Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM  - FREE

Join executive vice president, Mole-Richardson Company, Larry Mole Parker, and directors of photography,  Lisa Wiegand and David Waldman at this seminar as they explore visual storytelling in the digital age.  How does a visual storyteller navigate through the sea of new image acquisition options (DSLR, RED, ALEXA)? How does a DP make informed decisions about what technologies are appropriate for a given project? Should a DP own a camera and/or lighting package? Where should an emerging DP look to get unbiased answers about new camera and lighting equipment? Larry Mole Parker's seminar/panel discussion is open to everyone attending the festival.

Larry Mole Parker, who has been in the film and television production business for nearly 50 years, started workshops and seminars for film students over a decade ago to teach the basics of electricity and lighting, and give them the opportunity to work hands-on in the Mole-Richardson sound stage. He works with more than 40 schools and institutions and trains over 1,500 students annually.

Parker was awarded the title of Honorary Member of the American Society of Cinematographers at the 24th Annual ASC Awards. Only 7 other people have been awarded this honor. In 2009, he received the prestigious President’s Award from the Society of Operating Cameramen. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College-Hollywood.

Lisa Wiegand, a Detroit native, is a Los Angeles based cinematographer who has photographed award-winning independent features and television. She has been featured several times in American Cinematographer Magazine and has been awarded for Excellence in Cinematography by the American Society of Cinematographers. Her films have been distributed in theaters, on television, DVD, as well as seen in festivals around the world. Her work includes Chicago Fire, Detroit 187, Necessary Roughness, The Wedding Band, and Dollhouse.

David Waldman is a two-time winner of the International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Award.   His work includes a variety of projects from feature films, such as the MGM release Beach Kings,  the Starz television hit comedy Head Case, the Warner Brothers mock-umentary The Unauthorized Documentary, Hangover Part II,  the Super Bowl commercials forSmartlash and Sensa, a Grammy commercial for Ford, and an Oscar spot for JC Penney. 

ELEVATED DREAMS: A JORDAN ROMERO STORY - Teenage Mountain Climber: Jordan Romero
Saturday, May 19, 2012
1:30PM - 2:30PM – FREE

Big Bear “rock” star Jordan Romero—youngest climber to scale Mt. Everest and world’s seven highest summits—will take us along visually sharing some of Team Jordan’s most memorable journeys, including their most recent Mount Vinson, Antarctica, expedition. After returning from successfully climbing Mount Vinson earlier this year, Jordan has been traveling the U.S. telling his story, including on The Today Show, where he's inspiring kids--both young and old-- to "Find Your Everest." Jordan has taken time out from his North American tour to join us at Lake Arrowhead Film Festival and will be participating in Q & A following short video presentation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                       Inland Empire Premiere                                                                                          ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY - A Documentary
         Kathy Kohner Zuckerman: The Real "Gidget"
   Director: Brian L. Gillogly
     Producer: Robert Masters
        Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 2:30 PM


Join Kathy Kohner Zuckerman: The Real "Gidget" and Brian L. Gillogly, Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer at the Inland Empire premiere of ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY. This one-hour documentary, narrated by Jorja Fox (“CSI”), and edited by Brian Denny, explores the largely untold story of the real “Gidget” (Kathy Kohner Zuckerman) and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-50’s became the basis for a best-selling novel and a series of feature films and TV shows. Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field admits Gidget was “my beginning and I loved her!” Former Motion Picture Academy president Frank Pierson calls Gidget “a proto-feminist figure.” Over a half century later, “Gidget” is celebrated as a slice of Americana.

Gala Awards Dinner
Producer and Host - Gloria Loring
Saturday May 19, 2012
5:30PM - 9:00PM

Reserve your seats early for the Gala Awards Dinner at the 13th Annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. The evening begins at 5:30 PM with a cocktail party in the Lake Arrowhead Resort foyer, followed by the Awards Program produced and hosted by actress and singer Gloria Loring, and dinner in the Resort Ballroom at 7:00 PM.

Join the celebration of work of award-winning director and producer Rod Holcomb, receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”  Holcomb is the recipient of the Emmy Award for the ER Finale, the Peabody Award for ER, and the Directors Guild Award for the ER pilot. He received Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominations for The Pentagon Papers and an Emmy, Directors Guild and Producers Guild nomination for both ER and China Beach,  and the Humanitas Prize for Thanks Of A Grateful Nation….and a staggering 15 of  22 pilots he has directed and/or produced have gone on to become series.

NBC weatherman and renowned comedian Fritz Coleman to receive the “Excellence in Television Award”. He is being honored not just for bringing the weather to millions of Southern California residents, but for his accomplishments as a humanitarian, stand-up comedian, and playwright. Coleman won two Humanitarian of the Year awards from Shelter Partnership and the California Hospital Medical Center. The City of Los Angeles named Coleman a Treasure of Los Angeles in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross.  He has received four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work on the NBC4 comedy specials and series.

Academy Award nominated Kathleen Quinlan to receive the Excellence in Film, Television and Beyond Award.  Quinlan got her start in the early 1970s, playing a friend of Cindy Williams in American Graffiti. She made her mark in 1977 as a mental patient in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. She is famous for playing two very different real-life women: Patricia Kennealy in the Jim Morrison biopic The Doors and astronaut James Arthur Lovell Junior’s wife Marilyn Lovell in 1995’s Apollo 13.

Actor Charlton Heston (1923-2008) to receive posthumous Screen Legend Award. Charlton Heston grew up in the north woods of Michigan and found in America's outdoors respect for individual freedom and personal responsibility that would guide him through life. Heston starred in more than 80 motion pictures, nearly as many theatre productions, and innumerable television shows and appearances. Among his many achievements, Heston won an Academy Award for Best Actor in Ben-Hur, a second Oscar for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, as well as numerous similar international citations.  Heston's memorable film roles include C.B.DeMille"s The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments, William Wyler's  El Cid, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, and Planet of the Apes, to name a few. Charlton Heston's impact on the American political scene was as powerful as his undeniable film presence. He marched on Washington for Civil Rights with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., served six terms as president of the Screen Actor's Guild, and three terms as president of the National Rifle Association. In 2003, Charlton Heston was awarded the Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor.


Saturday Evening After Party
                                          "Best of Everything" Band - Southern California's Premier Dance Band                                                Saturday May 19, 2012 – 11:00 PM

After immersing yourself in the fantastic films and cinematic experiences, join us for a fabulous celebration late Saturday evening with the BOE Band.  Since the band's inception over two decades ago, the BOE Band continues its tradition of expertly covering all genres of music with infectious enthusiasm and expert musicianship. The BOE Band’s home base is San Manuel Casino’s "Tukut" Lounge". They are a favorite at casinos, tribal functions, and community events. The key to the band's current success has been the right combination of musicians applying their talents toward a unique repertoire of music.  We invite one and all to experience "The After Party" with the BOE Band and Arrowhead DJ.

Filmmaker Awards Luncheon
Hosted by Christopher McDonald
Sunday, May 20, 2012
12:00PM - 2:00PM

Winning filmmakers and the Sundance Institute Director of Native American and Indigenous Programs, N. Bird Runningwater will be honored at the 13th Annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival as it comes to its dramatic conclusion at the Awards Luncheon hosted by Actor Christopher McDonald. Filmmakers who have truly achieved award-winning excellence in their work will be honored.

N. Bird Runningwater will be accepting the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival’s Outstanding Contribution to Native American Film award. Runningwater, of the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico, guides the Sundance Institute’s mission to build a global indigenous film community. The program’s NativeLab Fellowship provides direct support to emerging Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native filmmakers working in the United States.

In addition to his work with the Sundance Institute, Runningwater has served as Executive Director of The Fund of the Four Directions, as Program Associate for the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture Program, and as patron to the imagineNative Film+Media Arts Festival in Toronto. He has been honored by the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord School of Journalism as a Distinguished Young Alumni in 2008, and is a board member for the George Foster Peabody Awards.

Free Screening of the Award-Winning Films
Sunday, May 20, 2012
2:30PM - 4:30PM

The award winning films to be announced at the Filmmaker Awards Luncheon will be screened free to the public.







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