54th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Presents Midnight Award to Clifton Collins Jr.

The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21st–May 5th) has announced that Clifton Collins Jr. will be honored at the fourth Midnight Awards, 10:30 pm, Saturday, April 23rd at the W San Francisco. The Midnight Awards takes the form of a late night talk show, hosted by Beth Lisick, New York Times best-selling author and co-organizer of the Porchlight Storytelling Series, with live musical accompaniment by the Darren Johnston Trio. Lisick will interview Collins and his previously announced Midnight Award corecipient Zoe Saldana. Clips of their work will be shown prior to the presentation of the awards.

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Clifton Collins Jr.

The Midnight Awards were created in 2007 to honor a dynamic young actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema and bring intelligence, talent and depth of character to their roles. Clifton Collins Jr. is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents and his career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. He received glowing accolades for his portrayal of “Perry Smith” in the Academy Award nominated film Capote (2005), including an Alma Award nomination for best actor.

Collins has starred in both studio and independent features and his work spans the range from comedy to drama. He was part of the all-star cast, including fellow Midnight Award recipient Zoe Saldana, in Star Trek (2009), in which he plays the Romulan “Ayel”. He also acted alongside Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in the festival hit Sunshine Cleaning (2008). Collins’ other notable film credits include Roger Avery’s Rules of Attraction (2002), Steven Soderbergh‘s Traffic (2000), Joel Schumacher’s Tigerland (2000), Antoine Fuqua’s The Replacement Killers (1998), Kevin Reynolds’ 187 (1997), the Hughes Brothers’ Dead Presidents (1995) and Menace to Society (1993) and John Singleton’s Poetic Justice (1993). Collins currently resides in Los Angeles andd is starring in NBC’s new hit drama The Event.

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CLIFTON COLLINS Jr. – as “Perry”. Capote, 2005

Previous recipients of the Midnight Awards are Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood (2009), Rose McGowan and Jason Lee (2008), and Rosario Dawson and Sam Rockwell (2007). The Midnight Awards are one of the dedicated events that the Film Society presents throughout the year that are crafted by its Midnight Club membership group and cater to participants aged 25–40. These events are premium priced and open to the public. The Midnight Awards will be held at the W San Francisco and are sponsored by 944 magazine. Tickets are $40 for Midnight Club members, $45 for San Francisco Film Society members and $50 for the general public.
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The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 21st through May 5th at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, New People and SFMOMA in San Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15 days, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country’s most beautiful city, featuring 15 juried awards, 200 films and live events with upwards of 100 participating filmmakers and diverse audiences of 75,000+ people.

SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY
Building on a 50-plus-year legacy of bringing the best in world cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. The Film Society presents 300 days of exhibition each year, reaching a total audience of 130,000 people. Its acclaimed education program introduces international cinema and media literacy to more than 15,000 teachers and students and presents 120 classes and workshops annually. Through the filmmaker services program essential creative and business services, and funding totaling millions of dollars, are provided to deserving filmmakers of all levels. The Film Society seeks to elevate all aspects of film culture, offering a wide range of activities that engage emotions, inspire action, change perceptions and advance knowledge. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, it is largely donor and member supported. Patronage and membership provides discounted prices, access to grants and residencies, private events and a wealth of other benefits.

MIDNIGHT CLUB
An invitation-only membership group of the San Francisco Film Society that offers participants an opportunity to interact with the Film Society through unique film-related events, connect with other like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment and celebrate film and film culture. The goal of the Midnight Club is to build a younger audience for the Film Society, increase participation in the arts by people ages 25–40 and cultivate cultural philanthropy.

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CLIFTON COLLINS Jr. – as the Romulan Ayel. Star Trek (2009)

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