FRITZ COLEMAN – Presenter – Garry Marshall Spirit Award
Fritz Coleman is NBC4’s weathercaster on the weekday editions of Channel 4 News. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982, as the weekend weathercaster, and moved up to weekdays in 1984. Coleman has been named “Best Weathercaster” in nearly every major paper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register, the San Bernardino Sun, and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News. Coleman won a number of awards and honors for his dedication to community service. The City of L.A. named Coleman a “Treasure of Los Angeles” in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross. Coleman has also been honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Salvation Army for his long-time commitment to the organization and his efforts as Christmas Fundraising Chairman and for chairing the annual Fritz Coleman Fair Weather Golf Tournament. A long-time stand-up comic, Coleman has performed at The Improvisation, The Ice House and other Southern California comedy clubs. He has utilized his humor in a number of series and specials that have aired on NBC4, including “Fritz and Friends” and “The Perils of Parenting,” receiving four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work. He has also written, produced, and starred in three one-man plays. Fritz is the unofficial Mayor of Toluca Lake and uses his name and celebrity to support a variety of charitable organizations and to help the less fortunate. Fritz’s philanthropy, sense of humor and continual commitment to the community is why The Marshall Family and Burbank International Film Festival were proud to honor Fritz with last years “Garry Marshall Spirit Award”. We are pleased and excited to have Fritz back this year to present the Garry Marshall Spirit Award to this years recipient.
KAZUHIRO TSUJI – Honoree
Kazuhiro Tsuji was born on May 25, 1969 in Kyoto, Japan. Kazu has a long and career as a special effects make-up artist and visual artist. Most recently, Kazu won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the biographical film “Darkest Hour” . Gary Oldman who also won the Academy Award for “Darkest Hour”, talked Tsuji out of retirement to create the Winston Churchill prosthetics saying that for him, Tsuji was the only man to turn him into the iconic character. Tsuji earned previous Oscar nominations for the comedies “Norbit” and “Click”. Early in his career, Kazu began working with famed make-up artist Dick Smith in Japan on Kiyoshi Hirosawa’s film “Sweet Home”. On the set, Kazu met Soon Yang who became a friend and colleague and helped Kazu come to America to work on “Men In Black” with another legend, Rick Baker. Tsuji’s many projects include Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for which he won a BAFTA. Tsuji crafted the silicone model of Brad Pitt’s head used to artificially age him via CGI for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. In 2012, Tsuji created the prosthetics which turned Joseph Gordon-Levitt into a young Bruce Willis for Looper. After his work on Looper, Tsuji decided to leave the film business and focus on sculpture crafting giant busts of people such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali, Abraham Lincoln, and his mentor Dick Smith. Tsuji’s many credits include “Planet of the Apes”, “Total Recall”, Tron: Legacy”, “Transformers: Age of the Fallen” and GI Joe: Mark of the Cobra”. We are thrilled to be honoring Kazuhiro with this years Special Effects Makeup/Design Award.
MICHAEL WESTMORE – Presenter – Makeup/Design
Michael Westmore is a third generation of Hollywoodís Royal family of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists. The Family’s history of makeup design and wig creation dates back over 120 years. Michael’s father Monty Sr., was the personal
makeup artist to Rudolph Valentino and his five famous uncles department headed most every major studio in Hollywood. During his 50+ years in the Motion Picture Industry he has worked 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 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 ì2010î, “Clan of the Cave Bear” and “Star Trek First Contact”. Over his career he ís garnered 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. Presently he is appearing as “The Mentor” with his hostess daughter McKenzie Westmore on the hit SYFY Television makeup challenge – “Face Off”. Last year, the Burbank International Film Festival was proud to honor the Westmore family for over 100 years of excellence in the television and motion picture industry and for Michael’s individual achievements. We are excited to have Michael back again as part of the presentation to this years Academy Award-winning recipient Kazuhiro Tsuji.
Kelly Hu is an American actress, voice artist, former fashion model and beauty queen. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera “Sunset Beach” and as Michelle Chan on the American television police drama series “Nash Bridges”. She has also starred in numerous films including: “The Scorpion King”, “X2”, “Deathstrike”, Cradle 2 the Grave”, “The Tournament” and “White Frog”. Hu has had recurring roles as Pearl on the CW series “The Vampire Diaries”, as China White on the CW series “Arrow”, as Abigail Cho on the Syfy series “Warehouse 13”, as Stacy Hirano in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb”, and as Oroku Karai/Hamato Miwa on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
ARIEL WINTER – Presenter
Winter began her film career at age seven in director Shane Black’s hit cult film, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and currently stars on ABC’s critically acclaimed and Emmy® winning hit series, “Modern Family” playing ‘Alex Dunphy,’ the brainy middle child in the Dunphy family. Winter also stars on Disney Jr. as the title character for the series “Sofia the First”. Ariel appeared on stage in the production of “Truck Stop” — a 1970s based drama centered on the friendship between a kid with cerebral palsy and a troubled runaway. Feature films include the thriller “Duress”, “Young Trixie” in Warner Bros.’ “Speed Racer”, “The Chaperone” opposite WWE star Paul Levesque (Triple H) and a lead role in the hit thriller “One Missed Call” where she plays the killer in the film. Television credits include the female lead in the TV movie, “Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred”, the sequel to the hit film, “Fred: The Movie”, a recurring role on the final six episodes of the award winning drama “ER” and guest-starring roles on hit TV shows Criminal Minds” “Crossing Jordan”, Nip/Tuck” and “Bones”. Winter is an avid singer and young activist. She is involved in several charities and organizations such as the Creative Coalition, the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, WWE’s anti-bullying campaign Be A Star and GLSEN. We are thrilled that Ariel will be presenting the festival’s first ever “Youth in Cinema” award.
TYLER POSEY – Presenter
Tyler was born in Santa Monica, California, and lives in the Los Angeles area with his two dogs. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia and actor/writer John Posey. Tyler developed an early interest in the arts, and began his acting career performing on stage with his actor/writer dad, at the age of six. He is also a singer and songwriter. Posey was cast in his breakout role as the lead in the MTV television series “Teen Wolf”, based on the 1985 film of the same name. Posey plays high school student Scott McCall, who is bitten by a werewolf and must keep this fact secret while protecting his loved ones from a host of supernatural threats and beings and became a co-producer for the fifth season of the show. Currently Posey plays Shane, a series regular on the third season of the MTV slasher television series “Scream”. On the Big screen, Tyler was cast as Lucas in the Blumhouse supernatural thriller film “Truth or Dare”, appeared in the film “Collateral Damage” and played Jennifer Lopez’s son in the romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan”. Posey also voiced a character in the pilot of the Disney original cartoon “SheZow” and co-starred with Twilight actor Booboo Stewart in the film “White Frog”. Other notable TV credits include “Jane The Virgin”, “Brothers and Sisters”, “Lincoln Heights” and “Smallville”.
Corporal Shannon Teague
Shannon Teague is a disabled veteran who served in the United States Marine Corp. from 2000-2004 as a Corporal and currently works as a licensed social worker at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. While serving as a Marine during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) she was injured during training and suffered severe nerve and neck injuries, was discharged and received 100% disability. Currently on two trips to Africa and Thailand in 2017 and 2018 doing humanitarian/missionary work with Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim and volunteers as their liaison for the homeless. If that’s not enough, she is also a single mother of two boys, Riley and Grayson ages 2 & 15. Shannon will soon be working with a new organization, VMET (Veterans’ Mental Evaluation Team), the first of its kind in the nation to deal with veterans’ PTSD and other mental issues. Her partner is a VA federal police officer; she is the clinician on the mental health team and goes out on crisis calls with local law enforcement. Shannon graduated with a Master’s Degree with honors in Social Work at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. We are proud to Honor Shannon Teague with our Act of Valor Award.
1st Sergeant Roberto Gonzalez
1st Sergeant Roberto Gonzalez served in the military (11 Bravo Infantry) from December 30th, 1989 to November 7th, 2016 and has faithfully served our country for over 26 years. Roberto began training after completing both Basic & Advance Training and was assigned to European theatre (Germany) and then transferred to Fort Carlson, Colorado in 1993 where he then transitioned into the California National Guard. In 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from San Diego State University. While serving in the California National Guard he was activated on many occasions for earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural disasters throughout the country. His tours of duty include Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), with his first tour as part of the invasion of Iraq (2003-2004). His second tour was 2005-2006 and his 3rd tour of duty was from 2008-2009. Roberto is decorated with the Bronze Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Iraqi Expeditionary Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge and the German Armed Forces Badge. Since 2007, Roberto has been working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We are proud to Honor Roberto Gonzalez with our Act of Valor Award. E8/1SG Highest Rank.
Colonel Douglas Woodhams
Colonel Douglas Woodhams has served in the US Marine Corps, both active duty and in the reserves, for over 20 years. As a Company Executive Officer for a Light Armored Reconnaissance company, his unit was the spearhead of the advance to Baghdad to remove Saddam Hussein from power. Following Saddam Hussein’s removal from power, Doug was deployed again to Iraq, as a military advisor and was promoted to the rank of Major. He then deployed to Iraq in the fight against ISIS and threats we face from abroad. Colonel Doug Woodhams is been the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and two Presidential Unit Citations.
VERONICA CARTWRIGHT – Honoree – Lifetime Achievement in Acting
Accomplished character actress Veronica Cartwright is an English-born American actress who has worked mainly in American film and television in a career spanning six decades. Her career as a child actress began in 1958 after her family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s. Veronica landed good feature roles, ranging from her debut in In Love and War to the kleptomaniac forced to lie about her teachers in William Wyler’s The Children’s Hour. She was also the daughter of the family terrorized by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, Henry Fonda’s child in Spencer’s Mountain and episodes of One Step Beyond: The Haunting and The Twilight Zone episode, I Sing the Body Electric. Cartwright also had the recurring role of the bullying Violet Rutherford (who gave Theodore his first kiss) on ABC’s “Leave It to Beaver” and spent two seasons as the frontiersman’s daughter Jemima, on the NBC series “Daniel Boone”. She is perhaps best known for her roles in The Right Stuff, The Rat Pack, the science fiction films Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Alien for which she won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other films and TV shows include Witches of Eastwick, Flight of The Navigator and The X-Files. Veronica also won a regional Emmy for the TV movie Tell Me Not in Mournful Numbers. The Burbank International Film Festival is proud to present Veronica Cartwright with the Lifetime Achievement Award for over six decades of award-winning work as an actress in Hollywood.
SARAH HALLEY FINN
Sarah Halley Finn is an award-winning Casting Director who has cast over 90 feature films spanning every genre. Sheís enjoyed collaborating with an esteemed group of filmmakers and participating in the discovery of new talent over almost two decades. With 35 films opening at the top of the domestic box office, she also has a track record thatís unparalleled. A graduate of Yale University and member of AMPAS, she has been featured in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Elle and Backstage Magazine. In addition to the Oscar-winning film, “Crash”, Sarah is known for casting Marvelís Cinematic Universe for the last decade, from the first Iron Man through the Avengers films, and including Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Spiderman: Homecoming and the upcoming Black Panther. She has also contributed to Legendary’s Monsterverse, casting Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Uprising and the Godzilla sequel which is currently filming in Atlanta. Other film credits range from Jon Favreau comedies like Chef to Oliver Stone dramas, indie favorites like Martin McDonough’s Seven Psychopaths and The Nice Guys, sports films like Miracle and Coach Carter, and the animated classics The Little Prince and The Jungle Book. Some action favorites are Fast & Furious and Kick-Ass, and television work includes Marvel’s Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d and Agent Carter. Upcoming releases will be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Thor: Ragnarok and Shane Black’s The Predator. Sarah served on the Executive Board of Women in Film, and is on the Board of Advisors for the highly acclaimed MasterClass educational series.
TIPPI HEDREN – Honoree – Awareness Award – Animal Rights Activism
Tippi Hedren was born in Minnesota in 1930. As a young girl she began a modeling career that later took her to New York and Los Angeles. In the early 1960s her role in a television commercial caught the eye of famed director Alfred Hitchcock, who signed her to a contract and gave her the lead in his films The Birds and Marnie. While her roles earned her critical acclaim and made her star, Hedrenís relationship with Hitchcock quickly soured and the two parted ways. While continuing her work in television and film, Hedren has also devoted a good portion of her time to a range of charities, most significantly with animal-rights and wildlife-conservation causes. In the early 1970s she founded the Shambala Preserve in Southern California as a sanctuary for rescued exotic cats, and in 1983 she founded the Roar Foundation to continue her work with animals. During her career, she has received countless awards for both her acting and charitable endeavors. Hedren has been married three times and is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of actress Dakota Johnson. Tippi now lives in a home built on the Shambala Reserve so she can always be near her beloved animals. The Burbank International Film Festival is proud to present Tippi Hedren with this years Awareness Award for her animal rights activism and for her amazing career as an actress.
KATHLEEN MARSHALL – Presenter
Daughter of Garry Marshall, Kathleen oversaw the construction of her father’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank. She has been producing theatre there for the last 16 years which were subscription based seasons. She also produced productions of “Happy Days: The New Musical” with the book by Garry and music and lyrics by Paul Williams. She is currently producing “Pretty Woman: The Musical” which is headed to Broadway in the fall of 2018. It was Garry’s wish that the theatre continue to serve as a welcome home for established artists as well as emerging talent. Kathleen has led the transition team to create the Garry Marshall Theatre, a new nonprofit theatre and is excited to serve on the theatre’s board of directors this inaugural year. The Burbank International Film Festival and the Marshall family are proud to honor Fritz Coleman with this years “Garry Marshall Spirit Award”.
Louis Herthum – Presenter
Louis had a breakthrough year when he was cast as Peter Abernathy, father to Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and one of the first robots to experience programming glitches on the acclaimed HBO sci-fi series “Westworld”. On the big screen, Herthum can next be seen in “Cadaver” and Miramax’s “Labyrinth” with Johnny Depp. His first “big break” came when he joined the cast of the long-running hit CBS series “Murder, She Wrote,” starring as Deputy Andy Broom. His recurring television roles include Netflix’s “Longmire,” and werewolf pack leader JD in season 5 of HBO’s supernatural drama “True Blood.” Guest starring roles include the Netflix series Philip K. Dick’s “Electric Dreams”, “Narcos”, “Chicago Med”, “Training Day”, “True Detective”, “Treme” and “Breaking Bad” to name a few. On the big screen, Herthum starred in the horror films “The Last Exorcism” and “The Last Exorcism 2,” and other notable indie & studio films. Herthum has appeared in over 40 stage productions, dozens of commercials and over 100 films & TV shows. Louis added “Producer” to his resume, producing his first feature film, “Favorite Son”. Since then Louis has, through his Louisiana based production company Ransack Films, produced a total of five narrative features, including the award winning thriller, “Red Ridge” and one feature length documentary.
McKenzie Westmore – Presenter
Mckenzie is most recognized for playing the role of Sheridan Crane in the long running soap opera “Passions”. Recently she stars as the Host of the hit SYFY series “Face-Off” along side her Oscar and Emmy award-winning father, makeup artist and designer Michael Westmore. Mckenzie is currently launching a new makeup line through QVC to celebrate her family’s 100 year anniversary in the television and motion picture industry and to keep the Westmore family name established in the makeup industry. McKenzie began her career at the age of three playing Robert De Niro’s daughter in the Oscar-wining film”Raging Bull”. Her parents then entered her into acting and singing classes and the rest is history. Her appearances on stage include “Dido and Aneas”, “The Sound of Music” and “Little Shop of Horrors” to name a few. McKenzie’s other roles in film and screen include Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Voyager, Weird Science, Star Trek: The Next Generation and NBC’s Days of Our Lives and a guest appearance on NBC’s hit comedy “Friends”. Besides acting, McKenzie is a trained equestrian and personal trainer. McKenzie will be presenting her father with a special Honoree Award for Makeup/Design.
LEONARDO NAM – Presenter
Leonardo Nam plays Felix Lutz on the critically acclaimed, award-winning HBO series “Westworld”. Nam is a scene-stealer as Felix, sharing nearly all his scenes with Golden Globe nominated actress Thandie Newton. “Westworld”. Born in Argentina to Korean immigrant parents and raised in Sydney, Australia, Nam attended Sydney Technical High School and studied architecture at the University of New South Wales, before deciding to move to New York City at the age of 19 to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. While in New York, he studied drama at the critically acclaimed HB Studio and also worked with the New York Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park company and Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson’s The Bat Theater Company. His breakout role came in the Paramount Studios comedy “The Perfect Score”; starring Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Erika Christensen. Since then he has gone on to star in a string of movies, namely “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” 1 & 2, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”, “Vantage Point”, “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “One for the Money” and the Sam Raimi produced comedy “Murder Of A Cat.” On the television front Nam has recurred on the Amazon series “Betas,” and has appeared on “Royal Pains,” “Bones,” “Franklin & Bash,” and “Stalker”.
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.
CRYSTAL ALLEN – Presenter
Crystal Allen is a Canadian actress with major roles in television and film. She starred opposite Brandon Routh in “Crooked Arrows” and “Ghost Storm” with Carlos Bernard. She is currently a series regular on the Canadian sitcom Canooks as a series regular and is also known for her portrayal of the Orion Slave Girl D’nesh on the Star Trek series “Enterprise” and as Navigator Yara in the popular independent film, “Of Gods and Men”. Allen’s additional notable performances are 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”, “The Sopranos”, and the feature film “Maid in Manhattan” and the Hallmark movie “Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door”. Allen 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.
DONNELL TURNER – Presenter
You probably recognize Donnell Turner on daytime television for his recurring role playing Curtis Ashford on General Hospital. He also portrayed the character of Dr. Aiden Williams on “Days of Our Lives”. Guest starring roles on television include: “Jane The Virgin”, “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Parks and Recreation”, “Dexter,” “ Anger Management,” “Rizzoli and Isles,” “ 2 Broke Girls,” “Revenge,” “The Mindy Project,” “Teen Wolf,” “CSI,” and “90210. The versatile actor is not a stranger to commercials and print as an in demand model and spokesman. Turner has booked more than 100 print ads worldwide including: Nike, Pepsi, Hilton, Disney, AT&T, Coke and Infinity. In addition to these major brands, he has also worked in 9 national commercial campaigns and was the Mercedes Benz C-Class Spokesman.
JUNE SQUIBB – Presenter
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.
GIGI EDGELY – Presenter
Gigi is undoubtedly best known for her role as Chiana on the science fiction TV series Farscape. She originally was hired for only one episode, but by the beginning of Season 2, she was promoted to be a series regular on the show, appearing in total of 68 episodes. Guest starring roles on TV, include “The Lost World”, “BeastMaster” and popular Australian TV shows such as “The Secret Life of Us” and “Stingers”. She starred as the female lead in the critically acclaimed Australian Drama/Thriller “Last Train to Freo” and was nominated for a Best Actress in a Lead Role by the Film Critics Circle of Australia. She also had a supporting role in the USA Network TV miniseries “The Starter Wife” and became a regular on the Aussie T.V. series “Rescue Special Ops”. Most recently, Gigi hosted “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge” on the SyFy Channel. As a child, Gigi Edgley performed both in and out of school. She became mainly interested in acting and had her first professional theatrical engagement at the Twelfth Night Theater. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology and she began acting steadily in Australia on T.V. As a believer in the school of method acting, Gigi has developed a broad set of skills and experiences for her roles. She is proficient in ballet, jazz, character dance, singing, and martial arts.
ISAAC C. SINGLETON JR. – Presenter
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.
MARK KIRKLAND – Presenter
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.
SEAN KANAN – Presenter
Sean Kanan is best known for playing the devious Deacon Sharpe on both “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and The Restless”. Kanan recently starred in the feature films, “Limelight”, “My Trip to the Darkside”, the subsequent sequel, “My Trip Back to the Darkside” and “Abracadabra” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Early in his career, Kanan was chosen by Oscar-winning Director, John Avildsen for the role of Mike Barnes in the Karate Kid III. Kanan’s popularity in Italy and ability to speak fluent Italian garnered him the lead role in the film “Sons of Italy” and landed him on the in Italian version of the popular show “Dancing with the Stars”. In conjunction with his acting career, Kanan has had great success as a producer and writer. . On the comedy stage, Kanan has performed at some of the countries leading clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Store, Dangerfield’s and other venues. In addition, he has performed in Sam Shepard’s True West twice, once at the Zephyr theater and once at the Palm Canyon Theater. Sean’s book, The Modern Gentleman; Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan was published by Dunham Books and is currently available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Kanan co-hosted a celebrity parenting radio talk show called Kanan’s Rules, available for download on iTunes podcast. Kanan’s television guest stars include Desperate Housewives, Happily Divorced, True Jackson VIP, Freddie, Who’s the Boss, the Nanny, Walker: Texas Ranger and Lois & Clark. He also had a regular role on the series Camera Cafe, executive produced by Antonio Banderas. Sean also dedicates much of his time to numerous charitable and nonprofit endeavors including ASPCA and the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bullying campaign.
KEN DAVITIAN – Presenter
Ken Davitian was born in Los Angeles, to an Armenian-American family in Montebello. He is an actor and producer, known for the feature films, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, “The Artist” and “Meet the Spartans”. Television credits include a recurring role on “Ray Donovan” and guest-starring roles on “Hawaii: Five-O”, “Two and a Half Men” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” to name a few. Davitian was the Winner of the “Best Villain – Feature” award for “Abstraction” at the “Action On Film International Film Festival” and says his teenage idol was Burt Reynolds, who greatly influenced his choice of becoming an actor. We are pleased to once again have Ken as an awards presenter this year.