The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced that actor Richard Gere will attend the 20th Anniversary Festival to receive The Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting on October 6th, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Guild Hall in East Hampton.
The award will be presented during the festival’s “Conversation With Richard Gere,” a discussion with Mr. Gere about his life and career, moderated by the Festival’s Honorary Chairman, Alec Baldwin. The event will feature a montage highlighting Mr. Gere’s screen appearances. “Conversation With Richard Gere” is sponsored by Capital One.
Richard Gere made an immediate impact on this cinema with his moving debut in Terence Malick’s Days Of Heaven, a film which launched a career that has spanned four decades and has included roles in films such as Pretty Woman, American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Chicago and most recently Arbitrage. The Festival is pleased to present a special screening of Days of Heaven.
In addition to his work on the screen, Mr. Gere is an accomplished musician, photographer and humanitarian, advocating for human rights with organizations that include The International Campaign for Tibet, Survival International and Healing the Divide. He also created The Gere Foundation, which supports the cultural preservation of Tibet and the Tibetan people.
“Richard Gere’s outstanding body of work speaks for itself. Richard’s phenomenal talent and social activism has showcased his passion and heart. We are thrilled to present him with the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting,” said Karen Arikian, Executive Director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Past honorees of the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting are Gena Rowlands, Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Allen and Alec Baldwin.