Preems pepper Method Fest

'Steal' to kick off event April 1

Method Fest, which bills itself as “the actor’s festival,” is celebrating its seventh year with nine world premieres. It is also shifting to its third location in four years, moving from Burbank to Calabasas.

“Steal Me,” which originally played at Sundance, will kick off the event April 1 at the Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 6 Cinemas.

Among the festival’s 25 features, 47 shorts, seminars and workshops are world premieres of “Breaking the Fifth,” starring Frank Langella; Showtime’s “The Good Humor Man,” starring Kelsey Grammer; and Susanne Bier’s “Brothers,” which won the audience award for world cinema at Sundance.

Programming will be divided between the Edwards Grand Palace and the little-used Louis B. Mayer Theater on the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Wasserman Campus in adjacent Woodland Hills.

Event will pay homage to several actors whose work is deemed reflective of the fest’s spirit, including Martin Landau, who will receive the 2005 Method Fest lifetime achievement award. Others being honored include Jena Malone (Indie Hero Award), Crispin Glover (Maverick), Alan Cumming (Screen and Stage) and Monet Mazur (Rising Star).

In addition, the inaugural Bridges to Cinema — Family Legacy Award will be presented to the Bridges family, with brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges expected to attend the ceremony April 3.

In its first “retro salute,” fest will showcase the work of the poster boy for the Method, Marlon Brando, whose features “The Men” and “The Wild One” will screen April 7 and April 9, respectively.

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