Helmer honored under 'Conversations With' series

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has been selected to receive the Visionary Filmmaker Award at the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, it was announced by fest exec director Mitch Levine. The 14th annual fest unspools Jan. 9-20 in the desert city.

Nolan will be honored Jan. 16 as part of the annual “Conversations With” series following a screening of “Insomnia,” starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. DGA members are invited to attend the screening, Q&A and reception.

“In his brief time as a feature film director, he has redefined and advanced the very language of cinema,” Levine said.

The fest will also screen Nolan’s first two pics — “Following” and “Memento,” for which he received a Directors Guild nom and an Academy Award nom for original screenplay. In addition, “Memento” netted Nolan director and screenplay awards from the Independent Spirit Awards.

Previous recipients of the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival’s Visionary Filmmaker Award, created in memory of festival founder Sonny Bono, include Baz Luhrmann and M. Night Shyamalan.

Nolan will also participate in the festival’s World Screenwriter Forum Jan. 15 at the Palm Springs Public Library. Other panelists include Naomi Foner, Amy Holden-Jones, Callie Khouri and Ted Tally.

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