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Woodstock Film Festival Honors Tony Kaye

Written by: FFT Webmaster | September 19th, 2011

The 2011 Woodstock Film Festival, which begins this week, has announced that the American filmmaker Tony Kaye will receive the Honorary Maverick Award at the Festival. The Festival will also screen the often controversial director’s latest film, DETACHMENT starring Adrien Brody, as its Closing Night Film on Sunday, September 25. Kaye made his feature film debut with AMERICAN HISTORY X (1998), a hot-button topic drama about racism starring Edward Norton (an Oscar nominee that year for his performance) and Edward Furlong. Kaye’s follow up in 2006 was the documentary LAKE OF FIRE, a fiery look at the abortion debate in the United States, which was nominated for Best Documentary Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. Kaye, a colorful provocateur and iconoclast, is also a singer, songwriter and painter who has made several award-winning music videos. The Honorary Maverick Award is given each year to an individual whose life and work is based on creativity, independent vision, and social activism. Previous recipients have included Kevin Smith, Christine Vachon, Barbara Kopple, Tim Robbins, Les Blank, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Woody Harrelson, Mira Nair, Steve Buscemi, and Bruce Beresford. For more information on the Festival, visit: www.woodstockfilmfestival.com

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