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Morgan Freeman to receive Gene Siskel Film Center's Renaissance Award

Last Vegas director Jon Turteltaub will lead A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman on Saturday, June 7, in Chicago. Following a retrospective of film clips, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago President Dr. Walter E. Massey will present the Oscar-winning actor with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award.

“Once again, the Gene Siskel Film Center will bring the A-List of Hollywood’s film industry to Chicago,” boasts Chair of the Gene Siskel Film Center Advisory Board Ellen Sandor. “To have the intellect and experience of the great Morgan Freeman paired with the genius and insight of Jon Turtletaub will treat our audience to a truly special evening.”

“Morgan Freeman is a true living legend,” adds GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “In a film career that spans more than four decades and an incredibly diverse canon of roles, audiences have come to expect that Mr. Freeman will deliver performances that are insightful, moving and always memorable.

“The instantly recognizable, deep resonance of his voice brings a distinctive richness to every film he appears in or narrates. It is a great honor for us to welcome him to Chicago as we salute him for mesmerizing movie-goers throughout the years.”

With this honor, Freeman joins the ranks of past Renaissance Award honorees including Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, and Nicole Kidman. This year, the Renaissance Award Gala will take place at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago on 160 E. Pearson Street.

Single tickets ($500 to $1,000) and table sponsorships ($5,000 to $50,000) are available at 312-846-2072. Proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s film programming as well as its lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers. For more information, visit

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