The Catalina Film Festival (CFF) announced that famed actress Sharon Stone will be honored at this year’s festival with the Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” award. The award honors a film professional whose work embodies Stanley Kramer’s qualities of social consciousness within their artistry while taking risks to create and influence a social transformation. The Festival, spanning five days of films, parties, and celebrity attendees will be held Sept. 18—22 on the famed Catalina Island. Stone will receive the award during a ceremony on the island, Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Stone’s outstanding career has spanned 30 years, while she has selflessly used her celebrity, influence, and resources to lead fundraising efforts for American Foundation for Aids Research (AMFAR), for which she has been a spokesperson since 1995, and other causes including Habitat for Humanity, Lupus LA, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and more.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Stanley Kramer Award,” Stone said. “Mr. Kramer spent his life as a filmmaker creating films that would demonstrate a greater humanity; one where race, religion, higher thinking, and spiritual elegance would be at the forefront of his purpose. He bore the responsibility of his positive actions with the grace and endurance of a goodly warrior. Time and truth reveals the impact of his thoughtful and meaningful choices.”
The honor coincides with Stanley Kramer’s Centennial Birthday Celebration (stanleykramer100.com). Kramer was no stranger to Catalina, having shot the film Bless the Beasts and the Children on the island in 1970.
“Activism is more than necessary today with regard to social issues. It is our responsibility as artists ourselves to become involved and to pay back for the good that has been bestowed upon us by bestowing good upon others,” said the late Stanley Kramer’s wife and daughter, respectively. “We are honored to recognize Sharon Stone as the first recipient of the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award. Sharon is a true artist who exemplifies standing up for the issues she believes in, and using her renowned status to improve the world around her.”
Other guests confirmed to attend CFF include Jon Favreau, Patricia Arquette, Michael Rapaport, Jaime Pressley, Ian Ziering, Lisa Bonet, Nikki Reed, Nick Cassavetes, Billy Zane, and many more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CatalinaFilm.org, follow us on Twitter (@CatalinaFilm), and friend us on Facebook (Facebook.com/CatalinaFilm).
Catalina Film Festival is a competitive festival and film market. Guests of CFF can experience the West Coast’s only resort island while taking in more than 75 films, nightly parties, networking, and discovering everything that the island has to offer. Sponsors for 2013 include Stella Artois, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, E com Merchant Solutions, and The Cafaro Group.