SAN DIEGO/LOS ANGELES, CA (September 20, 2018) – The San Diego International Film Festival (SDiFF), produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today that they will honor Topher Grace, from Spike Lee’s Awards-contender “BlacKkKlansman,” with the Cinema Vanguard Award, while Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will also receive this year’s inaugural Music Icon Award. The awards will be presented October 11th at The Night of the Stars Tribute at the Pendry San Diego in Downtown San Diego, CA.
Additionally the festival announced that the opening night film of the festival will now be “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” which stars Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. Now in its 17th year, the San Diego International Film Festival will run from October 10th through October 14th in San Diego, CA.
The most up to date festival information is available at www.sdfilmfest.com
Grace, recipient of this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award, first caught the attention of audiences as one of the stars of the iconic television series, “That ‘70s Show,” before going on to make his mark on the big screen in numerous films. He can currently be seen in Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” opposite Adam Driver. Prior to that, Topher shot the feature “Under the Silver Lake,” opposite Andrew Garfield. Both films premiered in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He recently wrapped production on the Fox 2000 feature film “Breakthrough” based on Joyce Smith’s book. Grace also recently appeared in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” and was recently seen in the David Michôd Netflix black comedy, “War Machine,” opposite Brad Pitt. Grace starred in the Sony Pictures Classics drama “Truth,” opposite Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dennis Quaid, and Elisabeth Moss. He recently made the move behind the camera and completed production as producer and star of the romantic musical comedy, “Opening Night”, directed by Isaac Rentz.
The Music Icon Award, which will be presented to Kenny Loggins, is a first-ever San Diego International Film Festival award that honors an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence in music and film soundtracks. This reflects the very best in music and honors accomplishments in the entertainment field and through philanthropic contributions. In Kenny Loggins’ remarkable four-decade-plus career, he has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, won two Grammy Awards, had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts while bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His hit songs include “This Is It,” “I’m Alright,” “Footloose,” “Danger Zone,” and many more. Kenny also became the first major rock star to dedicate himself to recording music for children and families. His album Return to Pooh Corner remains the best-selling children’s album of the last 20 years. In 2016, he released the children’s book Footloose, inspired by his 1985 Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning “Song of the Year.”