Siskel Film Center to Honor Ethan Hawke

Siskel Film Center to Honor Ethan Hawke

Paying tribute to an artist who truly does it all, the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago honors Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Tony award-nominee Ethan Hawke, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.).

The celebratory evening will pay homage to the actor’s accomplishments in front of and behind the camera as well as give attendees the opportunity to hear an intimate conversation, providing insights into his creative process and influences, favorite roles, his upcoming film “BLAZE,” which was co written, produced and directed by Hawke and will open in theaters this fall. A retrospective of film clips from some of his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation highlighting his illustrious career. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Hawke by SAIC President Elissa Tenny and GSFC Advisory Board Chair Ellen Sandor.

“Having watched Ethan Hawke as a young actor early on in his career to seeing him now as a versatile artist both in front of, and behind the camera, shows the incredible depth and versatility that he possesses,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “We are privileged to honor him for his incredible contributions to film as an actor, writer and director and could not be more thrilled to pay tribute to his extraordinary career.”

Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Eda Davidman and Melissa Sage Fadim. All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s curated film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers. This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.