San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre will recognize Karen Larsen, Lourdes Portillo and Bill Weber with their “Lights, Camera, Action! Award” at its annual spring benefit, “The Dinner Party III,” on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. – Film Noir attire optional. (See ticket information below.)
“We are thrilled to recognize Lourdes Portillo, Karen Larsen and Bill Weber for their outstanding careers and considerable accomplishments,” said Diana Fuller, president of the Roxie Theater Board of Directors. “The depth and breadth of their contributions to the field of independent film as well as service to the film community exemplify the dedication and passion that has inspired the Roxie to pursue its role as a center for art, film and technology in the community.”
Karen Larsen owns Larsen Associates, a public relations firm specializing in independent feature and documentary films, film festivals and special events for over 35 years. Her long client list include Sony Pictures Classics, Zeitgeist, Amplify-Variance, Tribeca, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Kino, Cohen Media, Outsider Pictures, DADA Films and Film Movement.
She is publicist for several Bay Area film institutions and festivals, including the Pacific Film Archive, the Mill Valley Film Festival; the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; the Jewish Film Festival; IndieFest, the Green Film Festival and 3rd i.
As if she’s not busy enough, Larsen finds time for indie film consulting and has also taught classes at San Francisco State, the Art Institute, Media Alliance, Film Arts Foundation, the Bay Area Video Coalition and the National Educational Media Network. Did I mention she contributed the chapter on publicity to “The Next Step: Distributing Independent Films & Videos”?
Director and producer Lourdes Portillo has been making award-winning films about Latino and Chicano experiences for nearly 30 years. Since her first film, “After the Earthquake/ Despues del Terremoto” (1979), she has gone on to produce and direct over a dozen works that combine her talents as an activist, investigative journalist as well as visual artist.
Portillo’s fourteen completed films include the Oscar and Emmy Award nominated “Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” (1986). Her most recent feature-length film, “Señorita Extraviada” (2001), a documentary about the disappearance and death of young women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival, the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and an Ariel, the Mexican Academy of Film Award.
Portillo’s work has screened at premiere cultural institutions and events such as the Venice Biennale, Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum for American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has been honored with eight mid-career retrospectives, including exhibitions at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archive of the Berkeley Art Museum, and in 2012 she was honored with a Retrospective at New York MOMA.
Film editor and director Bill Weber began his career in the ‘80s with an Emmy for a “Saturday Night Live” segment and an MTV Music Video of the Year Award. He soon moved on to documentaries, editing and directing “The Cockettes,” which premiered at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festivals and won the LA Film Critics Documentary of the Year award in 2002. Other films include "Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America" (2009) and “We Were Here: The AIDS years in San Francisco” (2011), which opened at Sundance and Berlin, followed by a theatrical screening before being broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens.
He recently completed editing “The Galapagos Affair,” which opened at Telluride in 2013 and is being released theatrically by Zeitgeist. His latest film, the George Takei documentary, “To Be Takei,” premiered at Sundance earlier this year and will soon be shown on Starz and Direct TV. (For those who were too young or outer-space averse in the '60s to go "Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Tokei played Starship Enterprise pilot Hikaru Sulu on the the original Star Trek television series.)
Other recent work includes the Academy Award nominated documentary, “The Final Inch,” the Emmy nominated films “Last Letter Home” and “Alzheimer’s Caregivers” for HBO, the Telluride premiering documentary feature “Hats Off,” and numerous specials for HBO and The History Channel.
Tickets are available at $275 and $150 for singles, $400 and $200 for couples, and tables for 10 at $2,500. As a bonus for ticket buyers, The Roxie is partnering with Fandor to offer attendees a 2-week trial and a 40% discount for a 1 year Fandor membership.
For further information or to purchase tickets online go HERE.