Savannah Film Festival-goers gave no indication of of post-Halloween malaise on night six, as they filed into the Trustees Theater for an evening of star-studded awards presentations and powerful films. Summer Teal Simpson saw it all.
Taras Danyluk took the podium to introduce the evening’s honoree, Diane Lane, recognized for her Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. Once compared to Grace Kelly by Sir Lawrence Olivier, Danyluk praised Lane for “chameleonic talent” and her unflappable combination of wit, grit and glamour. In accepting her award, Lane commended SCAD for the festival and its academics.
“I feel especially gifted that I got to tour the college,” she said. “In an alternate life, I would love to be a student.”
The early screening of Rust and Bone, a foreign film of emotional intensity and great cinematographic beauty, was followed by the presentation of the Spotlight Award to Michelle Monaghan, who starred in the late-night screening of latest film, Tomorrow You’re Gone.
After-partiers packed into Moon River Brewing Company, quaffing local brews and pub fare and waiting in vain for celebrity appearances. For the night owls, the close to All Saints Day came at Circa 1875, where festival patrons rubbed elbows with film industry reps and the cast of Missed Connections.