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For Immediate Release

Contact: Dorothy Supri
Phone: 818-425-8137
Email: info@isffhollywood.org
Website: www.isffhollywood.org

Edward Asner will Receive the Lifetime Achievement Award
at the 9th annual ISFFH

North Hollywood, CA, USA - Robin Saban, Founder and President of the International Student Film Festival Hollywood (ISFFH) is pleased to announce famed actor Edward Asner as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th annual International Student Film Festival Hollywood. Schedule permitting, Edward Asner will be speaking to student filmmakers from around the world at the awards ceremony taking place on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood.

Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist Edward Asner.  Perhaps best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards.  Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots.  His prolific and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama.

One of the most honored actors in the history of television; Edward Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms.  He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.  Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild's Hollywood membership.  In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.

In addition to his professional versatility, Edward Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom.  A passionate and informed spokesperson for the causes he supports, Asner is a frequent speaker on labor issues and a particular ally for the acting industry's older artists.  Some of the many honors he has received throughout his career include the Anne Frank Human Rights Award, The Eugene Debs Award, Organized Labor Publications Humanitarian Award, ACLU's Worker's Right's Committee Award and the National Emergency Civil Liberties Award.

Edward Asner has more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series Off the Rack, The Bronx Zoo and Thunder Alley.  Numerous guest appearances include roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Arliss, The Practice and a recurring role on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.  Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Spiderman and Boondocks.  Asner's dozens of motion pictures include They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, and the European production of Giovanni XXIII - the highest rated television mini-series in the history of Italian TV as well as the box office hit, Elf with Will Farrell and James Caan.
 
Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for The Christmas Card in addition to his Emmy nominated guest appearance on CSI/NY.  He was the lead voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's 2009 box-office-hit UP!, which won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score -Motion Picture, at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards as well as 2 Academy Awards.
 
Recently Asner has completed several independent films and will begin his second season of touring the country to sold out theaters and standing ovations in his one man show about FDR.  Presently he has signed onto CMT's first sitcom, Working Class, co-starring with Melissa Peterman & which premiered January 2011.  HBO’s TV Movie Too Big To Fail, scheduled to air in 2011, will find Ed Asner cast in the role of Warren Buffett and costarring with William Hurt, James Woods and Paul Giamatti.

Hollywood is the capital city of the entertainment world. The ISFFH offers student filmmakers from all over the world a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of film industry leaders. It is a forum for student filmmakers to showcase their independent films in Hollywood. This event at the epicenter of the film industry puts these students face to face with working Directors, Producers, and other industry professionals throughout the event, giving them the invaluable opportunity to promote themselves and their films.

After years of work in film and theater and passionate about the opportunity to offer student filmmakers well-deserved recognition for their talents, entertainment industry veteran, Robin Saban founded the International Student Film Festival Hollywood, focused solely on students in September of 2003.

The ISFFH is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of others. For more information about the ISFFH, please visit our website www.isffhollywood.org.

The ISFFH is grateful to our sponsors who include American Building Supply, Wells Fargo, CRA/LA, CISCorp, Saban Enterprises, Marilyn Bradbury, Rotary Club of Studio City and Sherman Oaks, Gloria and Lou Weintraub, Creative Handbook, Footage Firm, CaliforniaExploration.com, LA411, Turkla.com, Movie Magic, NoHoArtsDistrict.com.

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