SAG-AFTRA Foundation to Honor Ava Duvernay and Mark Ruffalo At 4th Annual Patron of The Artists Awards

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced the first two honorees for its 4thAnnual Patron of the Artists Awards to be held on Thursday, November 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Director, producer and writer Ava DuVernay will be one of two industry leaders to receive a Patron of the Artists Award for creating significant professional opportunities for performing artists to work and thrive. Actor and philanthropist Mark Ruffalo will receive one of two Artists Inspiration Awards for using his creative and professional success as a performing artist to advance philanthropic and humanitarian causes. The annual awards show on November 7 benefits the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation and is not televised. Two additional honorees will be announced soon.


Julie Andrews to Receive 48th AFI Life Achievement Award

Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Award honorees include Ted Sarandos, Spike Lee, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lee Daniels, Kathryn Bigelow, Judd Apatow, Megan Ellison and Rob Marshall. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Artists Inspiration Award honorees include Lady Gaga, Harrison Ford, Kate Winslet, Lionel Richie and Leonardo DiCaprio.

"We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we will honor Ava DuVernay and Mark Ruffalo as two of our honorees at this year's Patron of the Artists Awards. Both are leaders, visionaries and change makers in our industry," said JoBeth Williams, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board President. "As a director, producer and writer, Ava is a true patron of artists. Her ensemble-based films and series have launched the careers of countless actors, and created exceptional opportunities for artists, both above and below the line. She has simultaneously ushered in greater diversity and new narratives in entertainment. And, as an active advocate for renewable energy, Mark's tireless work on behalf of the environment is without question making an impact and an inspiration to his fellow artists. Not only has he raised significant awareness and resources to promote clean energy, but he consistently uses his platform to stand up for human rights, equal rights and causes that promote equity and justice for everyone. We look forward to having them both on our stage and honoring their work and influence, both in entertainment and in the world at large."


AFI Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Stellar Alumni Turnout

Winner of the Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, and Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay is a director, writer, produc​er and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the historical feature film SELMA, the criminal justice documentary 13TH, and Disney's A WRINKLE IN TIME which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history. Based on the infamous case of The Central Park Five, her current project WHEN THEY SEE US recently garnered 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Director and Writer for a Limited Series nominations for DuVernay. Currently, she oversees production on the fourth season of her critically-acclaimed TV series QUEEN SUGAR and her upcoming romance anthology CHERISH THE DAY for Warner Brothers Television. Making history as the first African-American filmmaker to win the Best Director prize at Sundance for her micro-budget, self-distributed feature MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, DuVernay continues to amplify the work of other people of color and women of all kinds through her non-profit film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies." DuVernay sits on the advisory board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and co-chairs the Prada Diversity Council. 

Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy nominee, and SAG Award winner Mark Ruffalo is currently in production on I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, an eight-episode limited series at HBO based off the best-selling novel of the same name. He is executive producing and starring in the series playing the two main characters. He recently wrapped Focus Features' DARK WATERS, directed by Todd Haynes, about the DuPont Pollution scandal, also starring Anne Hathaway, Bill Pullman, and Tim Robbins. This past summer he was seen reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in AVENGERS: ENDGAME the grand conclusion to Marvel Studios' Avengers franchise, spanning twenty-two films.


Celebrating 50th Anniversary the AFI Conservatory Welcomes A New Class of Filmmakers

Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Huffington Post, Ruffalo has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. He was named one of Time Magazine's People Who Mattered in 2011 and received The Big Fish Award from Riverkeeper in 2013. Ruffalo helped launch The Solutions Project in 2012 as part of his mission to share science, business and culture that demonstrates the feasibility of renewable energy.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Patron of the Artists Awards is an annual fundraiser that benefits its vital emergency assistance and free educational programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy® nominated children's literacy program Storyline Online® that features actors who read to over 10 million children worldwide every month.


QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere to Open AFI FEST 2019 Presented by Audi

For more information about sponsorship and tickets, visit patronawards.com.

About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to SAG-AFTRA artists and families while serving the public at large through its Emmy® nominated children's literacy program Storyline Online®. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. For more information, visit sagaftra.foundation.

Connect with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Twitter: @sagaftraFOUND

Instagram: @sagaftraFOUND

Facebook: facebook.com/sagaftrafoundation

YouTube: youtube.com/sagaftrafoundation

Hashtag: #PatronAwards

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Delivers State of the Union; Rubio Handles GOP Rebuttal; Brennan, Hagel Confirmations Stalled

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, this week, directly calling congress into bi-partisan support of his agenda to move forward much needed reforms.

     
  • Capella Pedregal’s Tortuguitas Kids Club: Creating Vacation Legacies Through Cuisine, Art And Distinctive First-Time Children’s Experiences

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Capella Pedregal's Tortuguitas ("Little Turtles") Kids Club aims to deliver such an experience and offers a variety of activities and experiences for children of all ages to enjoy while parents can rest easy, soaking in all that Capella has to offer – activities for 'tweens and teens are also available.

     
  • Walt Disney Pictures Hosts Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Global Premiere

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a fast action, high seas, comedic adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, recently hosted its world premiere at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. 

     
  • ICC Recreational Classes: Japanese-American Kitchen Review – Compliments to the Chef (Shefu ni Sanji)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    International Culinary Center, ICC, located on Broadway and Grand Street in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood is the home to one of the most prestigious culinary programs in the world and occasionally offers recreational classes to home cooks.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, G7, Agenda; Election; Egypt Air; Syria Bombings; Cosby in Court; Bob Dylan

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The leaders of the G7 met this week in Ise Shima Japan to reiterate their commitments to advance major global economic and political agenda guided by a set of common values based on freedom, democracy, respect for human rights.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Israel; World Leaders in NYC; US Bombs Syrian Troops; NYC Explosion Suspect; Faint-Gate; Wells Fargo

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, in his most direct statement to date, denied African American voters were moving away from Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton and said he would take it as a personal insult if they pledged support to the Republican's candidate.

     
  • Massive Fire Destroys Brazilian National Museum

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A massive inferno broke out in the evening hours of Sunday at Brazil's National Museum, engulfing the nations national treasure and in the process reducing 200 years of artifacts, research, and historical finds to rubble and ash.

     
  • Safe Solutions for Six Common Beach Body Concerns

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Summertime and the living is easy! Warm weather gives way to bare skin, sandals, beach days and cool nights, and for most summertime also reveals, and in our eyes glaring, beauty imperfections; skin blotches, stubborn cellulite and stretch marks.

     
  • World News: COVID-19 Granulizes Democracy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Faced with the need to limit individual and collective freedoms to combat the COVID-19, contemporary democracies are torn between defending libertarian achievements and castrating health imperatives. Which one will eventually take over the other?

     
  • New York Fashion Week Coverage: Hiromi Asai Debuts Expanded Menswear Collection at the Upcoming IMG New York Fashion Week

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    HIROMI ASAI, a New York-based fashion designer and kimono stylist, is launching men's collection, made by Japanese high-end Kimono textiles, and presents it at the show room in New York during the upcoming New York Fashion Weeks.

     
  • Baruch Fraternity Members Face Charges in PA Murder Case

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pocono County prosecutors have announced the intent to bring charges against all thirty of the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity members present the night pledge Chun Hsien Deng was killed in a hazing ritual in rural Tunkhannock Township, Pennsylvania.

     
  • Election 2020: Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Addresses Californians

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled to California this weekend rallying crowds in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He visited the Islamic Center of Southern California and joined interfaith leaders to address the racism, violence, and hatred. 

     
  • Zuzu Still Thinks IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A Conversation with Karolyn Grimes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nothing completes the holiday experience more than an extra serving—to go with the booze and candied yams—of Frank Capra’s yule-tide yarn, of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. It’s a picture that can melt even the iciest of hearts and for those of us grown-ups with no self-worth (or money) in December, there’s just something downright conciliatory about it.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Singapore; Rio Games; ISIS Loses Ground/Belgium/London Attack; Election 2016; Teala Thompson

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama welcomed Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the White House as the two celebrated the more than fifty years of cooperation between the two nations which began under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.

     
  • V Theater Las Vegas Review - Entertainment Aplenty

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    No matter how many times you’ve visited Vegas, no trip would be complete without taking in a show or two amidst the time you spend eating, gaming, clubbing, sunning and otherwise funing in Sin City.