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John Schlesinger Award: First Time Director
June 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Each year, PIFF recognizes two first-time feature film directors whose work commemorates the legacy of one of
our finest American directors, John Schlesinger (1926 – 2003), who gave us such exemplary works as MIDNIGHT COWBOY, MARATHON MAN, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST, and SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY, which screens in the festival this year, and will be introduced by Schlesinger’s
longtime companion celebrity photographer Michael Childers.
When asked to give advice to first-time
directors, Schlesinger responded, “Never take ‘no’ for an answer. It’s a long business getting something off the ground and it takes great determination.”
2018 Award recipients include: THE CAKEMAKER directed by Ofir Raul Grazier and A FINE LINE directed by Joanna James.
The presentation will be during Closing Night Party.
Sponsored by Heritage House, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa