Friday, January 22, 2010

Actor Alec Baldwin to be Honored at BIFF on Feb 14

Famed Actor, Comedian and Philanthropist to Receive Award of Excellence in Acting

As Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross, actor Alec Baldwin said: "I'd wish you good luck, but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it." It's more than luck that brings that famous actor to the Rocky Mountain state.

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced that the Emmy award-winning television, stage and film actor, will be honored with an Award of Excellence in Acting at Closing Night of the 2010 festival on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo.

"We are thrilled to have Baldwin attending the Boulder International Film Festival," said Kathy Beeck, festival co-founder and director. "He's a magnificent actor who has influenced many young actors and comedians, and we're honored he will join us at this year's festival."

The evening's tribute to Baldwin will include a film retrospective of his work followed by a question and answer session hosted by BIFF Executive Producer Ron Bostwick. Tony Bennett's pianist, Ralph Sharon, will provide the entertainment for the evening before Baldwin's tribute.

Three weeks following BIFF, Baldwin will co-host the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony with his It's Complicated co-star Steve Martin. Baldwin stars with Tina Fey on NBC's "30 Rock", winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for the past three years. He's received three SAG Awards, two Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award, and two Emmies for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He appears in the film It's Complicated opposite Meryl Streep, which is still running in theatres. Baldwin was nominated for a Tony award for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire. He's appeared in over forty films, including Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, The Aviator and The Departed. Baldwin's performance in The Cooler earned him a National Board of Review Award and an Oscar nomination.

Baldwin is a supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and The Actors Studio. He supports the Radiation and Public Health Project, the Roundabout Theatre and the Water Keeper Alliance.

The four-day Boulder International Film Festival, sponsored at the gold level by Premier Members Federal Credit Union, will feature an Opening Night event to be announced later in January and the "Tribute to Alec Baldwin" on Valentine's Day at 7 p.m., at the Boulder Theater, at 2032 14th St. Tickets for the Feb. 14 tribute are $40 and are on sale now at the BIFF website.

Photo Courtesy: Brigitte Lacombe

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