This got lost in the weekly email torrent.
Louisville-based film producer/entrepreneur Gill Holland will receive the Stanley Kramer Pioneer Award from the Louisville’s International Festival of Films in recognition of his contributions to the movie business in Kentucky.
Most recently, Holland produced the tennis comedy “2nd Serve.”
He has a mix of indie films and documentaries to his credit as well as several commercial hits including “Sweet Land” with John Heard and Alan Cumming and “Loggerheads,” both in 2005.
The award will be presented today at the at the Conrad Bachmann Auditorium at Valley High School as part of the final event of Louisville’s International Festival of Film, according to a news release.
Stanley Kramer was a groundbreaking director. Some of his other credits include “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Justice at Nuremberg,” “The Defiant Ones,” and many others.
Kramer was nominated for nine Oscars and directed 14 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. He died in 2001.
From the release:
As part of this special event, Kramer’s wife Karen Kramer and Daughter Kat (named after Katharine Hepburn) will be in attendance and Kat will perform a medley of songs from her father’s films. A special screening of Kramer’s “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” will be available to audiences as the closing event of Louisville’s International Festival of Film.
The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Valley High School is at 10200 Dixie Highway in southwest Louisville.
About Louisville International Festival of Film: In our fifth year, Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) is committed to screening artistic films not usually presented through commercial venues, giving independent filmmakers a place to showcase their work. The proceeds of the Festival will be used by the Louisville Film Arts Institute (LFAII) to help fund education efforts focused on training the filmmakers of tomorrow in Metro Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information, visit the website here.