Wise Award to be given at fest

Paul Mazursky will receive the Robert Wise Director of Distinction Award today at the 16th annual Fort Lauderdale Intl. Film Festival.

“Mazursky is a pioneer of the independent film movement, so it is only fitting that he receive this award at our festival,” said Gregory von Hausch, president and exec director of the fest.

Award will be presented by Ron Castell, former VP of Blockbuster, during the fest’s Luminaries Gala at the Renaissance Hotel.

Fest, which began Nov. 2, wraps Sunday.

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