Michael Westmore is a third generation of Hollywood’s Royal family of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists. The Family’s history of makeup design and wig creation dates back over 120 years. Grandfather George who was Winston Churchill barber opened his first Hollywood salon in 1917. Michaels father Monty Sr. was the personal makeup artist to Rudolph Valentino and the makeup supervisor on the classic film “Gone with the Wind”. His father and five famous uncles Department headed most every major studio in Hollywood. Michael learned his craft under the tutelage of his family and mentor John “Argo” Chambers. During his 50+ years in the Motion Picture Industry he has been associated with such Stars as Sylvester Stallone, Farrah Faucet, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza, Betty Davis and even” Land of the Lost” and” The Munsters”. Eighteen years of Michaels career was spent with Gene Roddenberry, and his vision, creating all the creatures and aliens that inhabited the Star Trek Universe. Michael has been recognized with over 100 national and International Awards which include an Academy Award for the movie “Mask” and three additional Academy Nominations for “2010” “Clan of the Cave Bear”’ and “Star Trek First Contact”. Over his career he has been honored with 9 Emmys and 42 Emmy Nominations. In 2008 Michael and his family were recognized for their contributing makeup artistry with a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the cross roads of Hollywood & Vine. Presently he is appearing as “The Mentor” with his hostess daughter McKenzie Westmore on the hit SYFY Television makeup challenge – “FACE OFF”. Just published autobiography, “ MAKEUP MAN” are Michaels memoirs which chronical his years of amazing creations from Rocky to Star Trek. When not at the studio his other moments are filled with writing, lecturing, mentoring, teaching the Art of Makeup and family which includes his wife Marion, son Michael Jr. daughters Michele, McKenzie and grandson Maddox. The Burbank International Film Festival is proud to honor the Westmore family for over 100 years of excellence in the television and motion picture industry and to present this special award to honor Michael Westmore for all his individual achievements.
Patrick Fabian has a long and celebrated career, but he’s having the most fun right now playing Howard Hamlin on the hit television series “Better Call Saul” which is a spin-off of the Emmy Award-winning series, “Breaking Bad”. Television has been the bulk of his career and has had Recurring roles on “Big Love”, “Veronica Mars”, “Providence” and HBO’s “The Newsroom” to name a few. Guest starring roles include “Scandal”, “NCIS”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Criminal Minds”, “Bones”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “CSI: NY”, “The Mentalist”, and “Friends”. His film the Last Exorcism was an independent 1.3 million dollar horror film which went on to gross over 70 million dollars worldwide and starred Patrick as the male lead. Fans loved his portrayal of the flawed exorcist Rev. Cotton Marcus and he was awarded Best Actor at the prestigious Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival. Other films include “Jimmy”, “Must Love Dogs”, “Tales of Everyday Magic”. “Bad Ass”,”Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike”, “Pig”, “My Greatest Teacher”, “The Good Mother” and “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses”. On stage, Patrick has worked with some of best playwrights and directors around. He toured America with John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation”, directed by Jerry Zaks, Eric Bogosian’s “Humpty Dumpty”, and Nicky Silver’s “The Food Chain”. A converted Californian, Patrick is married to writer/director Mandy Fabian. They live in Los Angeles where they raise their two daughters and two dogs.
Kristen has been following her passion as an actress from the early age of 17 when she was cast in The Sausage Factory, a wonderfully quirky series for MTV. Currently, Kristen had a recurring role as “Ima” on the critically acclaimed FX series, “Sons of Anarchy” and played Morgan Hollingsworth on NBC’s popular daytime drama series, “Days of Our Lives”, as well as many memorable guest appearances on hit TV shows including, “The OC”, “CSI:Miami”, “CSI:NY”, and “The Glades”. Recent projects include a hilarious pilot for CBS called “Friend M”, as well as a terrifying short “Girl at the Door” directed by Academy Award Nominee Colin Campbell. Kristen recently won “Best Actress” at the Claremont Film Festival for her short “Love In Our Time” which she co-produced. She was able to show her comedic side while playing Charlie Sheen’s love interest in “Anger Management”, and is proud of her recent war drama, “Battle Scars”, which portrays the often dark reality service men and woman face adjusting to home life after returning from war. We are pleased to once again have Kristen as one of our celebrity presenters.
John’s first major film role was starring opposite Robert Deniro and Christopher Walken in the “The Deer Hunter”, which garnered five Academy Awards. Another legendary role was playing Claude Bukowski in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit, “Hair”. Other feature films include Terrence Malick’s war film, “The Thin Red Line”, “The Onion Field”, “White Squall” and “The Godfather Part III”. On stage, John appeared on Broadway in David Mamet’s iconic play, “American Buffalo” with Robert Duvall. In more recent years, John’s work has been seen on the small screen as well. He was the recurring character of Donald Lydecker in James Cameron’s series “Dark Angel”, Captain Ransom in the two part episode “Equinox” on “Star Trek: Voyager” and a recurring role as Henry Scudder in the HBO series “Carnivàle”. Other notable TV credits include Guest Starring roles on “Fringe”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “The District”, “Everwood” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. He is currently starring in the western thriller “The Sorrow” with Michael Madsen and has several upcoming films including the dark romantic comedy “Hit List”, “Bullett” and can be seen playing the President of the United States in the SYFY Original movie “Bermuda Tentacles”. John will be presenting the award to this years recipient for “Best Actor”.
At the age of 13, Kirkland began making super 8 films and working for his father creating “making of” films for major production companies and sparked Kirkland’s desire to seek a career in the entertainment industry. Kirkland developed an interest in drawing at an early age. At the age of 17, he began studying in the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts, earning a BFA degree. In 1976, he won the Student Academy Award for the graphically animated film made to the song “Fame” by David Bowie. After graduating, he applied to Disney, but he was not accepted and instead began working for Hanna-Barbara. He began working on The Simpsons in season two and has since directed over 78 episodes and in season 18, he became the show’s supervising director. Kirkland has won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and a Pioneer in Television Animation Award from the Burbank International Film Festival for his work on The Simpsons. As an independent filmmaker, Kirkland has written, directed and produced award-winning short films which have been shown at film festivals around the world and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kirkland is also an accomplished still photographer whose images have been published in US and People magazines. In 2014, we presented Mark with the “President’s Innovation Award” for his short film “The Moving Picture Co. 1914”. We are pleased to have Mark presenting this years Animation Award.
June Squibb’s most recent film appearance was in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska as Kate Grant starring opposite Bruce Dern. She was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Sag-Aftra Awards, Critic’s Choice Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards. She had also appeared in director Payne’s earlier film About Schmidt opposite Jack Nicholson. Other films include Welcome to Mooseport, In and Out, Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino and Far From Heaven. Her most recent Indie film (currently in post production) is I’ll Be Seeing You with Blythe Danner. She recently appeared on TV in Getting On, Girls, Glee, Devious Maids, and the upcoming HBO Comedy Special, 8 Days in Hell. On Broadway, June played Electra, the stripper, in Gypsy with Ethel Merman, Happy Time (the musical), Gorey Stories and Sacrilege. We are proud to once again have Oscar Nominee June Squibb as a presenter at this years Awards Show.
Blanca Blanco landed her first lead role in the feature film “Doomed Inheritance” quickly followed by “Dark Reel” worked opposite with Edward Furlong. She starred and produced the Independent film “Cruzando Barreras,” which chronicled her life as an aspiring actress. Blanca is known for her work in ”Anatomy of Deception“as well as “Crimes of the Mind” which aired on Lifetime. She worked with Danny Trejo in the film “Bullet” and has also been seen on ION television’s “Defending Santa” and in the SYFY original movie “Bermuda Tentacles”. Blanca is currently working on “In Dubious Battle” directed by James Franco. Blanco’s humanitarian efforts to help people who are living in poverty, has influenced her volunteer work, such as becoming a supporter of the Salvation Army, Lupus LA, CASA LA, Autism Speaks, AIDS society, Breast Cancer Alliance, American Cancer Society and an expert in End of Life issues becoming a leader in educating the community on issues of death of dying and terminal care.
ISAAC C. SINGLETON JR.
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. not only makes a living playing big, scary guys, but is also known for his comedic wit. The 6-foot-5 actor can be seen as the menacing Bo’sun in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. For Pirates, he admits his character only had two emotions in the film, angry and annoyed. Other roles include the air marshal in the feature film Anger Management, an evil alien in Galaxy Quest and an ape-soldier in Planet of the Apes. Isaac is extremely well-spoken and articulate and has the kind of resonating bass voice reminiscent of James Earl Jones. Isaac has done voice-over work on over 100 video games including Transformers, Halo 4, Street Fighter 3 & 4 and World of Warcraft. On television, his dramatic credits include The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, Marshall Law and Wanted to name a few. Isaac also showed off his comedic chops on hit comedy shows including The Sarah Silverman Project, Arliss, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and MAD-TV. We are pleased to once again have Issac as one of our celebrity presenters this year.
Crystal allen has landed many leading roles including Crooked Arrows opposite Brandon Routh and Ghost Storm with Carlos Bernard, both released last year. She just wrapped season 2 of Canooks as a series regular, a half hour comedy soon to air. She is also known for her portrayal of the Orion Slave Girl D’nesh on Enterprise and as Navigator Yara in the popular independent film, Of Gods and Men. Allen’s additional notable performances were on hit TV shows such as Castle, Body of Proof, Haven, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Navy NCIS, Modern Men, Sex and the City, Sopranos, ED, and the feature film Maid in Manhattan. She was also well received as the lead in the Hallmark movie Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door. Allen has also starred in the latest two sequels to their already hit films Anaconda 3 & 4. Crystal has been a guest to the Monaco TV Festival in past years and in 2013 was a member of the festival jury. We are pleased to once again have Crystal as one of our celebrity presenters this year.
Patrick Kilpatrick’s entertainment career has spanned more than 125 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, and director, – from Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” to James Cameron’s “Dark Angel”. His action film appearances span a multitude of genres including “The Replacement Killers” against Yun-Fat Chow; Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan in “Eraser”; “Last Man Standing” opposite Bruce Willis; “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” opposite Steven Segal; “The Presidio” opposite Sean Connery and Mark Harmon; and the ever-popular action mainstay “Death Warrant” opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme. He has even done battle with the largest mammal on earth in “Free Willy 3: The Rescue”. Kilpatrick’s notable TV appearances include “Burn Notice”, “Cold Case”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Chuck”, “Nip/Tuck”, “24″ as Secret Service Agent Dale Spaulding (the man who “killed” Jack Bauer), “Criminal Minds”, and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Kilpatrick is currently directing and producing the feature film “Active Shooter”. We are pleased to once again have Patrick as one of our celebrity presenters this year.