San Francisco Film Society To Honor Richard Gere in April


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Richard Gere fans, mark your calendar for Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27, 2015. That’s when the handsome and talented actor will be honored by the San Francisco Film Society. Gere, one of American cinema’s screen legends, will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, taking place April 23 through May 7. The award will be presented to Gere at Film Society Awards Night on April 27, at The Armory.

The Film Society and its year-round exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs will benefit from the Film Society Awards Night fundraiser honoring Gere. The star-studded event will also honor the recipients of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award, the Kanbar Award for excellence in storytelling and the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award. This year’s awards will be revealed in subsequent announcements leading up to the Festival Opening Press Conference on March 31. One of the city’s most highly anticipated cultural events, Film Society Awards Night is co-chaired by Christine Aylward, Heidi Castelein¬†and Victoria Raiser and sponsored by Net-a-Porter.

“Richard Gere is one of cinema’s few unmistakable icons, a powerful connection to the heart of Hollywood history,” said SFFS Executive Director Noah Cowan. “But when we saw his extraordinary performance in Time Out of Mind, we were instantly reminded of something else — that he is an intoxicatingly gifted actor, capable of extraordinary depth and subtlety. We anticipate continuing acclaim for Gere now and through the awards season.”

Gere will also be publicly honored at An Evening with Richard Gere at the Castro Theatre on April 26 at 6:30 pm. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his notable acting career will be followed by a screening of Oren Moverman‘s Time Out of Mind, in which Gere delivers a remarkable performance.

Tickets to An Evening with Richard Gere are $20 for SFFS members, $25 for the general public. Box office opens March 17 for SFFS members, March 19 for the general public, online at

For more information about Film Society Awards Night please call (415) 561-5028 or email

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