A Harrison Ford Receives Kirk Douglas Award

November 26, 2010
CASA Magazine
23
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Harrison Ford Receives Kirk Douglas Award
clips which reminded
them why Ford has
been so appealing to
SPECIAL EVENT
audiences over a long
was held
period of time. Clips
on Friday,
included scenes from
November 19th,
American Graffiti, Star
at the Coral Casino, at
Wars, the Indiana Jones
the beachfront Four
series, Blade Runner,
Seasons The Biltmore
Witness, The Fugitive,
Resort to honor iconic
Kathy Chill and Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com
Working Girl, Presumed
actor Harrison Ford
Innocent,
with the Kirk Douglas
“remained a carpenter, so I could
Frantic,
Award for Excellence
have stepped in to play Indiana
and Clear,
in Film. The event was
Jones.” He and Ford have worked
and Present
organized by the Santa
together serving meals to the
Danger. We
Barbara Film Festival
homeless and shared that he has
were also
Board of Directors and Kirk Douglas and Harrison Ford
admired Ford’s work as an actor
reminded of
staff in conjunction
and a human being.
the great directors
with the Kirk Douglas
Harrison Ford gratefully
that Ford has
Family.
accepted
the honor and seemed
worked with,
Honored guests
genuinely
humbled. “I feel
including Francis
were the legendary
Roger Durling, SBIFF
as
though
I was a part of a
Ford Coppola,
Kirk Douglas and the
Executive Director
special
time
in the growth of
George Lucas,
internationally respected
filmmaking
and
rode on the
Mike Nichols, and
actor Harrison Ford. Other
magic
carpet
of
magnificent
directors who
Peter Weir, among others.
celebrity guests attending
are
exquisite
storytellers,
people
who are able
On the podium film
this elegant event included
to
communicate
a
well-crafted
story
to the
Director Jon Favreau, who
actress Calista Flockhart,
audience,
”
the
honoree
explained.
“It
is an
recently directed Harrison
Harrison Ford’s wife;
actor’s
job
to
help
tell
that
story,
which
is the
Ford in an
Montecito resident and
Sara Lytle and Carol Marsch
best
job
in
the
world...
I am
upcoming
the director of The Fugitive
truly
grateful
to
be
in
your
film. “We have
director Andrew Davis; Alan and
good company.”
wrapped filming for
Tanya Thicke; Robert Orci, producer
A standing ovation
Cowboys and Aliens
and screenwriter of Harrison Ford’s
by
the
delighted audience
and we created a
upcoming film, Cowboys and Aliens;
was
held
for the guest of
role for Harrison
and Iron Man director Jon Favreau.
honor
Harrison
Ford. That
Ford, based on his
Kirk Douglas arrived and
audience
included
Ivan
iconic film persona
greeted Harrison Ford on the Red
Reitman,
David
Edelman,
and building on
Carpet and the two actors strolled
Maria McNally Phillips, Nora
previous roles that
side by side greeted by admirers.
McNeely Hurley, Michael
audiences associate
Welcoming the special guests
David Edelman,
and Ann Towbes, Sandy
him with,” Favreau
Board Member
and attendees on the terrace were
Markle, Sharon Ludtke,
revealed. “Ford was Dr. Ellie Corigliano and Eric
Festival Director Roger Durling and
Lynda Weinman, and Bruce
carpenter before becoming a Gabrielson
his staff, Board President Jeffrey Barbakow,
Hyman, Celesta Billeci, Erik
star; he flies helicopters and
and members from the Board of Directors.
Gabrielsen,
Dr.
Ellie
Corigliano, Luci and Rich
airplanes; knows how to ride a horse; and he
Guests were invited into the Ballroom for a
Janssen,
Barbara
and
Joe Del Torto, Katherine
was a cornerstone of many amazing films... It
gourmet four-course dinner with the awards
Janega-Dykes,
Nadine
Turner, Lynn Gildred,
was exciting to work with the always excellent
presentation served with cocktails featuring
and
Peter
Hilf,
just
to
name
a few of the 236
Harrison Ford.”
Chopin Vodka, along with fine champagne.
guests
attending.
Sharing that
“Welcome to the 5th Annual Kirk Douglas
The event was a major
enthusiasm
Award for Excellence in Film,”
success
for the programs
was Director
greeted Jeffrey Barbakow. “Tonight
of
the
Santa
Barbara
Andy Davis.
we would like to honor Kirk and
International
Film
“Ford is
our very special guest, Harrison
Festival,
which
include
deserving
Ford.” Roger Durling shared, “It
community
screenings,
of the Kirk
is amazing to have Kirk Douglas
educational outreach and
Douglas
and Harrison Ford with us here
other film-based cultural
award,” Davis
tonight. The Festival is honored
efforts.
noted. He is
to celebrate Harrison’s profound
very giving to
work in films over many years.”
The 26th Edition of the
other actors
Santa Barbara Film FestiSeated at large tables labeled
on the set.
val will be held January
with names of Harrison Ford’s
Director Jon Favreau
Calista Flockhart and Jean Maxwell
27th to February 6th, 2011.
Working
with
movies, guests were treated to film
For ticket information see
him on
www.sbfilmfestival.org or call (805) 963-0023.
The Fugitive was one of the
very best experiences of my
film life.” Davis continued,
Robert F. Adams, a Santa
“Ford is a real person who is
Barbara landscape
constantly exploring the depth
architect, is a graduate of
UCLA’s School of Theatre
of the characters he plays, and
and Film, as well as Cal
that is why audiences relate to
Poly. He has served on the
his characters.”
film selection committees
Kirk Douglas, wry and
for the Aspen Film Fest
and the SB International
humorous at 94 years old,
Film Festival. Email him at
wished that Harrison Ford had
A
Luci and Rich Janssen, Joe Del Torto, and Barbara Del Torto
[email protected]
Robert F. Adams
Photos by Robert F. Adams
By Robert F. Adams
Special to CASA