HOLLYWOOD — The Artists Rights Foundation has tapped helmer Elliot Silverstein as recipient of this year’s John Huston Award for Artists Rights.
Silverstein will receive the kudos at the third annual DGA Honors ceremonies June 9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Gotham. Past recipients include Sydney Pollack, Tom Cruise, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Fred Zinnemann.
Kevin Spacey said, “Elliot’s commitment and passion to protecting a filmmaker’s vision has served as a guiding light in the struggle for moral rights for artists in the United States.”
Silverstein has served as the org’s president since its inception in 1991 and has testified on copyright issues several times on Capitol Hill.
“The Artists Rights Foundation believes that our nation, which has fought so many wars and engaged in so much intense debate in order to protect and refine freedom of expression, has a stake in including artists under its umbrella of protection in order that their work is preserved as they made it and not as an altered or even mutilated shadow of the original,” Silverstein said.
“Elliot’s longstanding commitment to protecting artists rights is pure and passionate,” said Pollack, who received the award two years ago. “He recognizes that films are a marker of our times and that an artist’s vision deserves to be preserved for posterity.”
Silverstein’s feature directing credits include “Cat Ballou,” “The Happening,” “A Man Called Horse,” “Well Cooked Hams,” “The Car” and “Curiosity Killed.” Legit credits include “Trouble in Tahiti,” “Maybe Tuesday” and “A Swim in the Sea.”
He serves as an alternate on the DGA national board and is a member of the DGA’s Western Directors Council. He received a DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 1990 and the 1985 Robert Aldrich Award for DGA service.
The guild decided last fall to move back the DGA Honors from November to June so members could work on disaster-relief efforts connected to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Event also will fete previously announced honorees — filmmaker Spike Lee, TV news exec Don Hewitt, former National Endowment for the Arts chief Jane Alexander and Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker, Marcie Bloom and Tom Bernard.