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Heather Graham to Receive Prestigious King Vidor Award at the 2024 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is set to honor actress, writer, and director Heather Graham with the prestigious King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at its 30th anniversary celebration. The event, a highlight in the Central Coast's cultural calendar, will run from April 25 through April 30, 2024.

Heather Graham
Heather Graham

Graham, known for her dynamic presence in Hollywood, will be honored at an official ceremony on April 27 at the Hotel San Luis Obispo. The celebration begins with a noon reception, followed by a "Conversation with Heather Graham" and a 5pm screening of her latest film, "Chosen Family," at the historic Fremont Theatre. The film, which Graham wrote, directed, and stars in, premiered earlier this year at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The King Vidor Award, named after the legendary filmmaker, recognizes industry professionals who have made a significant impact on the world of cinema. Previous recipients of this distinguished award include notable figures such as Lawrence Kasdan, Pam Grier, and Morgan Freeman.

Graham's film career took off with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's "Drugstore Cowboy," which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She later starred in several acclaimed films including "Boogie Nights" and "The Hangover." Recently, Graham has expanded her talents behind the camera, directing and writing films like "Half Magic," which was released in 2018.

Josh Brolin, another esteemed actor with deep roots in the Central Coast, will lead the Narrative Feature Jury at the festival’s George Sidney Independent Film Competition. Brolin, who received the King Vidor Award in 2017, is renowned for his roles in award-winning films such as "No Country For Old Men" and "Dune: Part Two."

The SLOIFF, celebrated for its blend of independent cinema and stunning coastal setting, promises to be an exciting platform for filmmakers, cinephiles, and industry professionals to engage and celebrate the art of filmmaking.

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