Hollywood is on its way to Savannah this month.
The honoree list for the 2019 SCAD Savannah Film Festival was released on Wednesday to accompany the already-announced list of movies, panels, workshops and experiences that will be on display at this year's festival. Among the honorees for this year are: Danielle Macdonald, Alan Silvestri, Aldis Hodge, Valerie Pachner, Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, Samantha Morton and Daniel Kaluuya. Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jharrel Jerome, Mena Massoud and Camila Morrone will be awarded with "Breakout" honorees.
The festival will run from Saturday, Oct. 26, through Nov. 2.
Known recently for his award-winning work in "Get Out" and "Black Panther," Daniel Kaluuya is set to star in "Queen & Slim" which follows a couple whose lives take an unexpected turn when an encounter with a police officer goes awry. He is currently in production in the lead role on the upcoming drama "Jesus is My Homeboy," which follows the life story of Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton.
While most know her as Peggy in "Mad Men" or Ofjoseph in "The Handmaid's Tale," Elisabeth Moss has forged a film career for herself with roles in various projects by Alex Ross Perry along with upcoming appearances in new movies from Wes Anderson and an new take on "The Invisible Man." In television, Moss is set to begin filming season four of the Emmy Award-winning Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale." Among the many honors she has received for her performance are an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, winning the same awards as an executive producer of the series. Other television credits include "Top of the Lake," earning her a Golden Globe award, "Mad Men" and "The West Wing."
Most know her for her work in front of the camera, but Olivia Wilde made a name for herself behind the camera this year with "Booksmart," which has been called one of the best of the year and collected the most wins of any film at the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society annual Midseason Awards. She is now set to direct and star in the thriller "Don't Worry, Darling" and will appear in Clint Eastwood's next movie "Richard Jewell."
Alan Silvestri may not have the recognition by face as the rest of the honorees, but most Savannahians will recognize his tune that played while a white feather made its way above Chippewa Square in the opening of the 1994 film "Forrest Gump." Outside of his work with director Robert Zemeckis, Silvestri's credits also include Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One," James Cameron's "The Abyss," and family films "The Father of the Bride," "Parent Trap," "Stuart Little," "Disney's Lilo and Stitch" and all three "Night at the Museum" films. Most recently, Silvestri has composed the music for Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame."
As the largest university-run film festival in the country, it honors both professional and emerging student filmmakers during an eight-day film celebration that welcomes more than 63,000 attendees from around the world each year, including major industry luminaries — directors, writers, filmmakers and actors from the big screen. The 2019 schedule includes Gala, Docs to Watch, Signature, Professional Competition, an Animation Corner, a Shorts Spotlight, Global Shorts Forum and the “Wonder Women” forum highlighting female directors, producers, writers and below-the-line talent at SCAD’s historic theaters and industry-leading studios. SCAD’s annual tribute to excellence in film has screened over 130 Oscar-nominated films and has honored over 75 legendary actors, directors, producers, writers and filmmakers.
Sixteen films have been selected for the distinguished Gala Screening spot: “The Aeronauts,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “Clemency,” “Harriet,” “A Hidden Life,” “Honey Boy,” “Just Mercy,” “Knives Out,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Pain and Glory,” “Parasite,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “The Report,” “Seberg,” “The Truth” and “Waves.” Last year, the festival screened 18 films that went on to receive 49 Academy Award nominations and 11 Oscar wins, including 2018 Best Picture winner “Green Book.”
A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, SCAD Savannah Film Festival will screen 159 films, including 35 narrative films, 15 documentary films and 109 shorts, more than any year before. The festival will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 26, with the Opening Night Gala Screening of "The Aeronauts," directed by Tom Harper.
The festival will close on Nov. 2 with the Closing Gala Screening of "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," directed by Marielle Heller.