Ojai Film Festival and Women In Film to Present a Legacy Series Event with Eva Marie Saint

Ojai Film Festival and Women In Film to Present a Legacy Series Event with Eva Marie Saint

The Ojai Film Festival and Women In Film (WIF) will present a Legacy Series event with acclaimed actress Eva Marie Saint on Friday, November 9 at the Ojai Art Center. The intimate filmed interview produced by WIF's Ilene Kahn Power and Dorothea Petrie, directed by Petra Haffter, and edited by David Flores and Zachary Weintraub, is a 40-minute retrospective of the Academy, and Emmy award-winning star's career in film, television and stage. The event begins at 4 pm with the screening, followed by Q&A with Ms. Saint. A reception will follow.

The Legacy Series was created to document the personal and creative worlds of exceptional women in Hollywood whose accomplishments paved the way for new generations of women working in the film and television industries.

"The Legacy Series is Women In Film's living history project. Women like Ms. Saint often don't get the recognition they deserve given the outstanding impact they've had on Hollywood," said Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film. "We believe it's important to document, share, and celebrate these women in life, and the series serves to help remind the next generation of women in screen entertainment of how far we've come, and how far we still have to go."

Eva Marie Saint is that rare phenomenon, an actress whose career in films, television and stage has spanned more than 70 years. She began her distinguished film career opposite MARLON Brando in On the Waterfront (1954), for which she was honored with an Academy Award. She went on to star in several other memorable movies, including North by Northwest (1959), A Hatful of Rain (1957), That Certain Feeling (1956), Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), All Fall Down (1962), 36 Hours (1964), The Sandpiper (1965), The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming! (1966), Grand Prix (1966), The Stalking Moon (1968), Loving (1970), Nothing In Common (1986) and I Dreamed Of AFRICA (2000). Her recent films include Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Superman Returns (2006) and Winter's Tale (2014) starring Colin Farrell.

The names of her leading men read like a galaxy: MARLON Brando, Montgomery Clift, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Richard Burton, Warren Beatty, James Garner, Jason Robards, George C. Scott, Burt Lancaster and Tom Hanks, with whom she co-starred in Nothing in Common.

In television, Ms. Saint's first Emmy nomination was for Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night for The Philco Television Playhouse (1954). In 1955, she sang the role of Emily in the live TV musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Our Town with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman, winning another Emmy nomination. Her third Emmy nod came for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME presentation of Taxi!! (1978), and a fourth nomination came for the mini-series How the West Was Won (1977). In 1990, on her fifth Emmy nomination, she won the coveted award for the mini-series People Like Us (1990).

"Eva Marie Saint's stellar seven decade career has had a huge impact on women in film and television today", said Women In Film Board Member Ilene Kahn Power, Executive Producer of The Legacy Series. "It was vital to us at Women In Film to share her remarkable, brilliant story with details of her family life, her beginnings as an actress and the roles that set her apart. We are committed to preserving these stories because we believe that women deserve to value and share their own history."

Following the Legacy Film screening will be a Q&A with Ms. Saint. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. After the Q&A, a reception will be held with Ms. Saint, Women In Film members, Ojai Film Festival Board members and Festival attendees in the Art Center Gallery. Beverages and appetizers will be served.

Tickets are on sale through the Festival's website, www.OjaiFilmFestival.com.

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