Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan, To Receive San Diego Film Festival Honors

SAN DIEGO (September 10, 2014) – The San Diego Film Festival announced today its 2014 tribute award recipients. Festival passes and tickets to “Variety’s Night of the Stars: A Tribute” event taking place on September 25 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts La Jolla are on sale now. Alan Arkin, Michelle Monaghan, Allison Pill and Saginaw Grant are set to receive San Diego Film Festival Honors.

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Screen and stage actor Alan Arkin will receive the inaugural Gregory Peck Award at “Variety’s Night of the Stars: A Tribute” event taking place on September 25. Established this year in collaboration with Peck’s daughter Cecelia Peck, the award is presented to an individual who has made a signification contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Gregory Peck. With a career spanning more than 45 years, and a filmography of over 70 titles, Arkin is one of the most respected artists and the San Diego Film Festival will pay homage to his career.

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Actress Michelle Monaghan will be honored at the tribute event for her powerful performance as an Army medic returning home from an extended deployment in Fort Bliss. The Excellence in Acting Award is presented to an actor who has brought light to the screen through an outstanding performance. Monaghan, whose slate of roles reflect her strength, charm and beauty, lights up every role with performances rooted in depth and humanity.  She recently starred on HBO’s “True Detective” and has appeared in such films as TruckerMission Impossible IIISource CodeKiss Kiss Bang BangSomewhere and Gone Baby Gone.

“It’s truly an honor that Alan Arkin will be attending our celebratory evening at the Festival. He is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, capturing audiences across the world through his many tremendous pieces of work and diverse array of characters across film, screen and stage” said Tonya Mantooth, vice president and director of programming, San Diego Film Festival. “From Michelle Monaghan’s portrayal of a mother returning home to her son after years deployed in Afghanistan, to Saginaw Grant’s impressive career and Allison Pill’s breakthrough performances, the San Diego Film Festival could not have picked a more talented group of actors to attend this year’s tribute.”

Allison Pill will receive the Virtuoso Award which is bestowed upon an actor for an achievement through breakthrough performances. Pill was featured in this year’s Festival hit Cooties and known for her roles in HBO’s “The Newsroom,”Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldMilk and Midnight in Paris.

The American Legacy Award will be given to actor Saginaw Grant. This award honors an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry. The Native American actor, and respected member of the Sac-n-Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations, has appeared in The Lone Ranger, “Harts of the West” and The World’s Fastest Indian.

Created in honor of beloved director Chris Brinker (Bad CountryBoondock Saints), this award is given to a first time director not afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world. The recipient of the 2014 Chris Brinker Award will be chosen by the Festival programming team from this year’s 2014 San Diego Film Festival submissions.

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[Source: San Diego Film Festival; Images: (Arkin) (Pill), (Monaghan)]

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (

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