The Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival on Feb. 7 will give Robert Redford the American Riviera Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a strong influence on American cinema.
The fest, under exec director Roger Durling, runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 9.
“To honor Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said Durling. “His fifty-year career — filled with significant achievements both on and off camera — is reason enough for celebration, but his role in ‘All is Lost’ — one of the best performances of the year — proves that he’s an artist that continues to evolve and inspire us.”
Aside from his acting career and directing (an Oscar winner for “Ordinary People”), Redford is a longtime conservationist and environmentalist. He has also been a champion of independent and alternate film, via his Sundance Institute, dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors.
Previous winners of the American Riviera Award include Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).
The Redford salute will be held at the Arlington Theatre. This is the 29th year for the fest.