The 25th annual Boston Film Festival wrapped up at the Kendall Square Theaters on September 24th after one of its most successful cinematic celebrations to date. The festival kicked off on September 18th by honoring Boston born and Amherst raised Uma Thurman with their film excellence award at their opening night celebration. The evening’s exclusive awards presentation at the ultra-chic Stella Restaurant in SoWa, was preceded by the east coast premiere of Thurman’s new film, Motherhood, which costars Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards (“ER”). The film follows the story of a Manhattan mother attempting to pull off a successful birthday party for her 6-year-old.
Other awards given out that evening included Best Film, Best Director, and a “Mass Impact Award”, which recognizes a filmmaker whose project benefits humanity by shedding light on a critical social issue. Among the other films being debuted at this year’s festival are a variety of shorts and documentaries, including the New England premiere of Between Floors, the east coast premiere of American Colonies: Collapse of the Bees, and the world premiere of To Comfort You. In total, 8 world premieres, 26 feature films, and 22 short films were featured. In addition to Thurman, a number of other high profile actors were scheduled to make appearances, including Olympia Dukakis (who was born in Lowell, MA), Aidan Quinn, Andrea Powell, and Campbell Scott.
The 2009 Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am was held in Connecticut on June 24th at the TPC River Highlands Club in Cromwell. Amongst the many local sports stars, a number of celebrities also took part. Among them, Joe Pesci, Aidan Quinn, and Luke Wilson, as well as Rob Morrow from “Numb3rs” and Tony-Award winning actor James Naughton, a Connecticut native, most recently of “Gossip Girl” fame. New England area sports stars included Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics and Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots. This annual stop on the PGA Tour features both celebrity players and professional golfers alike, all of whom participate in hopes of raising money for Connecticut charities. This year, one of the charity beneficiaries is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a Connecticut-based campsite resource founded by actor Paul Newman as a place for children coping with cancer or blood diseases and their families. Since the inception of the tournament, the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am has raised more than $26 million.
Joe Pesci is currently in production on a film called Love Ranch, which costars Helen Mirren. Aidan Quinn is starring in the upcoming film, A Shine of Rainbows. And Luke Wilson is starring in the comedy Tenure, which will be in theaters later this year.
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