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Maverick Spirit Award will be presented at Closing Night.Throughout his long, esteemed career, writer Salman Rushdie has embodied the spirit of the maverick, creating works as he chooses, telling the truth as he sees it, always conscious of his role...
"I am a common denominator; there are many people who identify with me. They see the same thing in me that I see in myself, which is: an everyday, regular person, compared to most of your Hollywood stars or most of the corporate entities being...
Cinequest is thrilled to bestow its Maverick Spirit Award to beloved comedian, actor, and musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live). Event will include a moderated conversation with Mr. Armisen, a career-to-date highlight video, award...
Born in Louisville, Kentucky and educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, Gus Van Sant emerged from the nether-world of producing commercials to become one of the most exciting new directors working in independent film today. Graced with a...
"Making people laugh is a really fabulous thing because it means you're getting deep inside somebody, into their psyche, and their ability to look at themselves." - Jane Lynch Emmy award and Golden Globe winner, Maverick Spirit Award honoree Jane...
"I don't want to make films that give you the answer." - Jason Reitman Early in his career, Jason Reitman established an amazingly simple credo: “I don’t want to make films that give you the answer. If there is a message to my films-and I hope there...
"I love independent film; it’s the only place as an actor you’re totally allowed to breathe. You’re not following the plot, or the next action beat, or promoting some big dumb movie. Independent film is for actors that love to act. There’s more...
The term maverick connotes the desperado, bucking society, doing it his way, causing some havoc along the way. That's John Waters. His aggressively wild and wonderful filmography of 12 features represents one of the most individualistic visions in...
As an alumnus of San Jose State University and a resident of nearby San Juan Bautista, Luis Valdez's presence at Cinequest is a special occasion. As a child of Mexican descent, Mr. Valdez spent his early days as a migrant farm worker; an arduous...
Sunday, March 4th - 5pm to 7pm at the Silicon Valley Capital ClubAward-winning celebrity chef Michael Mina explores new opportunities to innovate the culinary world. Michael Mina partners with Andre Agassi in leading a restaurant management company...
Searching for a common theme in writer/director Michael Radford's work -- films like 1984, Another Time, Another Place, and White Mischief -- one might think that he's a man displaced; a man without a country. In fact, the reverse is true. Born in...
Director of the smash hits, The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire. Neil Jordan was born in Ireland in 1950. He began his foray into the arts as a successful novelist, producing such books as "The Past" and "The Dream Of The Beast". Later...
Friday, March 9th - 3pm at the San Jose Repertory TheatrePART 3 of the Writers Celebration. A Maverick Conversation with Philip KaufmanFor more than four decades, Philip Kaufman has been gracing the screen with his unique and passionate vision,...
The term "icon" is bandied about so freely these days, it seems to have lost much of its power. Nevertheless, Robert Wise, in an extraordinarily productive and eclectic fifty-year career, has more than earned that noble distinction. In 1933, forced...
Precious few filmmakers can make the claim that their body of work represents a genre in and of itself. But "A Russ Meyer Film" conjures up images of wild, lightning-fast plots, over-the-top violence, anarchic humor, and women with unusually large...
Saturday, March 10th - 7pm at the California TheatreThe word auteur is all too often tossed around when film directors possessing a certain vision are discussed. Only rarely do we experience a true auteur, adept enough at transforming an intensely...
As part of the German Renaissance that occurred in cinema in the 70s, Werner Herzog established himself as a filmmaker of extraordinary vision, creating art that tore open the drapes of our obstructed senses and let in a new and shining light. While...
“I’m no longer convinced theatrical is the Holy Grail.”– Christine Vachon Although the producer can be overlooked for the monumental role they have in the creation of film, there’s a reason they accept the Best Picture Award. Film fans rattle...
With his piercing blue eyes, sexy "tough guy" appeal and endless charisma, Christopher Meloni may be best recognized for his portrayal as the idealistic, straight-laced Detective Elliot Stabler on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (a role...
"...I did not come out of my mother's womb saying 'to be or not to be' with a Spanish accent. I came from a dysfunctional family. I'm a minority. I have no natural talent, but I did it. If I can do it, anybody can do it. I take...

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