Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau: Catalina Film Festival Honorees

by Anna Robinson

Sharon Stone Catalina Film FestivalSharon Stone, Jon Favreau honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival

Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau were two honorees at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival, which ran September 18-23 in the small town of Avalon on the island of Catalina, located southwest of the Los Angeles Basin. Stone, best known for her role as Michael Douglas' bisexual lover-cum-murderess in Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instinct, received the Stanley Kramer “Social Artist” Award. Kramer was a producer-director whose movies tackled social issues, e.g., racism in The Defiant Ones and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, nuclear weapons in On the Beach, and the post-World War II Nazi trials in Judgment at Nuremberg.

Actor-director Jon Favreau, best known as the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, both starring Robert Downey Jr., was the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin ICON Award. As an actor, Favreau's comedies include I Love You Man, with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel; Four Christmases, with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn; and The Break-Up, with Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.

More 2013 Catalina Film Festival honorees

Other Catalina Film Festival honorees were Patricia Arquette (Fast Food Nation, Lost Highway), the recipient of the Catalina Career Tribute Award; Bailee Madison (Parental Guidance, The Magic Bracelet), who took home the Catalina Crest Award; and The Magic Bracelet director Rina Goldberg, who was given the Catalina Young Filmmaker Award. Tony Scott, among whose credits are The Hunger, with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, and Top Gun, the movie that turned Tom Cruise into an international superstar, was the posthumous recipient of the Catalina Majestic Award.

Among the Hollywood celebrities attending the 2013 Catalina Film Festival were Shelley Long, Ben Davies, and Kate Bosworth.

According to the Catalina Film Festival's website, about 75 films were screened at various venues on the island, including the art deco, 1,200-seat Avalon Theatre, billed as “the world's first sound theatre.”

Sharon Stone photo via the Catalina Film Festival tumblr page.

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